Air India apologizes to passenger who claims cockroach was cooked into in-flight meal

Air India has apologized to a passenger who claims to have found a dead cockroach cooked into his in-flight meal.

Rohit Raj Singh Chauhan, a passenger aboard Saturday’s Air India Flight 634 between Bhopal and Mumbai, claims he informed the airline’s crew of the alleged find, but was initially ignored.

“Since the crew members were not listening, I returned it to them. I even objected to their serving food to others, but to no avail,” Chauhan told The Times of India. A manager with Air India also disputed Chauhan’s claims, the outlet reported.

Multiple pictures of Chauhan’s entrée, which appeared to show the roach Chauhan allegedly found within his dish of sambar, were later shared to Twitter by fellow passenger Manoj Khandekar, according to The Independent.


In the time since, officials with Air India have issued a statement on Twitter addressing the passenger’s claims, confirming that the company had reached out to both the caterer responsible for the meal, as well as the “aggrieved passenger.”


“We sincerely apologize for the incident where our valued [passenger] had a disappointing experience with the meal served on board our Bhopal-Mumbai flight. Air India always endeavors to ensure our passengers enjoy our services,” reads the statement.

“We have taken serious note of the incident and immediately issued a strong notice to the caterer concerned,” the statement said. “Air India has a zero tolerance policy in this respect and have initiated corrective action internally. Our senior officials are in touch with the aggrieved passenger.”


A representative for India Airlines has been contacted for additional details.

Parents who study with kids promote better grades, report claims

New research has found that kids whose parents help them study are more likely to succeed in school. A study published in the Journal of Labor Economics combed through data of about 99,000 children in Israel who lost their parents before the age of 18 through death or divorce.

“We found that if a mother dies, her education becomes less important for whether her child passes the test, while at the same time the father’s education becomes more important. If a father dies, the reverse happens,” Bruce Weinberg, a professor of economics at Ohio State University and co-author of the study, wrote in a press release. “These relationships are stronger when the parent dies when the child is younger.”



This means that student success isn’t determined by genetics, but by parenting.

The study also refutes claims that money has feeds into academic success. If that were the case, researchers argue, then children would be more negatively affected academically by losing their fathers than their mothers, because fathers traditionally earn more.

“That’s not what we found. The loss of a mother – who tends to spend more time than the father with her children – had a bigger effect than loss of a father in our study,” Weinberg said.


But the negative impact of losing a mother could be mitigated if the father remarries and the child receives a new step mom. Meanwhile the study also found that moms’ academic achievements were linked to their kids’ academic success in larger families. Researchers say that this could be because mothers with more children tended to spend more time with the kids and less time working outside the home.

“Other studies show that highly educated parents tend to spend more time with their children. Our results may suggest one reason why they do: It has a strong impact on academic success,” Weinberg said.


This story was originally published by the New York Post.

Carole Radziwill fires back at commenter who claims swimsuit bod photo is attention-seeking

Carole Radziwill slammed a troll who accused her of being attention-seeking on social media.

The 55-year-old “Real Housewives of New York” alum recently shared photos of herself wearing a white-hot one-piece swimsuit that enhanced her backside. The reality TV star was enjoying a beach getaway in Jamaica.


However, not everyone was feeling her look.

“Such a shame,” wrote one commenter. “Carol was not a media attention aholic when she started in RHONY. Now it’s pathetic. Wish she stayed intellectual Woman she first showed us.”

Radziwill immediately fired back.

“Take a sit,” the reality TV star snapped. “I had an Instagram account since 2011. Just like everyone ekse (sic). And no I wasn’t an attention ho on the show.”


The award-winning journalist and best-selling author left the Bravo series in 2018 after six seasons to concentrate on reporting. But first, she happily soaked up the sun in the middle of winter.

“Jamaica is so nice I posted it twice…or three times,” she wrote. “Spending the weekend at @skylarknegril. The hotel is on 7 mile white sand beach, one of my top five spots for a quick getaway. My weight training is paying off. Parasailing optional. @gigicbikinis #skylarknegril.”

Earlier this year, Radziwill credited her fit figure to ConBody, an intense “prison-style” boot camp that founder Coss Marte devised while incarcerated for four years on drug charges.

“From scrawny to strong in six months,” Radziwill shared on Instagram. “I’d say my body is back to 21 but it’s better than 21. If I can work out so can you.”

People magazine previously reported Radziwill began her journalism career as an intern for ABC News’ “20/20.” She would eventually work with Peter Jennings and produced segments on gun control, abortion and foreign policy.


The publication noted Radziwill spent weeks stationed in Iraq, where she covered the SUD missile attacks during the 1991 Gulf War, and in Kandahar, embedded with an infantry unite of the 101st Airborne Division during the war in Afghanistan.

Radziwill won three Emmys and a Peabody for her work.

In 1994, she married Anthony Radziwill, the only son of Prince Stanislas Radziwill and Caroline Lee Bouvier, the sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. According to People, Radziwill became close friends with John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn Kennedy.

But despite her many accomplishments, Radziwill endured personal tragedy.

In 1999, Kennedy, his wife and his sister-in-law died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Four weeks later, Anthony died in 1999 after a five-year battle with cancer at age 40.

Radziwill took to writing as a means to cope. In 2005, she published the best-selling memoir “What Remains.” In 2012, she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of New York City.” Then in 2014, she penned the novel “The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating.”

Harvard prof doesn’t back down from claims that alien spacecraft may be zipping past Jupiter orbit

A distinguished Harvard University professor is not backing down from his claims that a piece of extraterrestrial spacecraft technology may be flying past the orbit of Jupiter at this moment.

Avi Loeb, one of the top astronomy professors in the world, boasting of decades of Ivy League professorships and hundreds of publicized works in respected astronomy publications, is remaining defiant that the space object – dubbed as “Oumuamua” – first noticed by Hawaiian astronomers in 2017 could be from another civilization.


“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” Loeb and his colleague Shmuel Bialy wrote in Astrophysical Journal Letters in November, according to the Washington Post.

Since making the shock claim last year, many scientists have criticized Loeb for offering, in their view, the most sensationalist theory of what the object is.

“Oumuamua is not an alien spaceship, and the authors of the paper insult honest scientific inquiry to even suggest it,” Ohio State University astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter wrote in a tweet. Other scientists are more diplomatic and haven’t publicly countered Loeb’s claims, only saying that the object is likely just some sort of rock, whether it’s a piece of an asteroid or a comet.

But Loeb remains stubborn on this theory, and dismisses the claims that it’s a rock, noting that it’s moving too fast for an inert rock. He told the Post that the object is long yet no more than one millimeter thick, and that it’s so light that sunlight is moving the object out of the solar system.

“Many people expected once there would be this publicity, I would back down,” Loeb says. “If someone shows me evidence to the contrary, I will immediately back down.”

“It changes your perception on reality, just knowing that we’re not alone,” he continued. “We are fighting on borders, on resources. … It would make us feel part of planet Earth as a civilization rather than individual countries voting on Brexit.”


Even as his theories attracted attention around the world, despite his colleagues’ criticism, Loeb says he’s not afraid of any possible repercussions for spreading his theories and wears it as a badge of honor, showing his unorthodox approach to science.

“The mainstream approach [is] you can sort of drink your coffee in the morning and expect what you will find later on. It’s a stable lifestyle, but for me it resembles more the lifestyle of a business person rather than scientists,” he told the newspaper.


“The worst thing that can happen to me is I would be relieved of my administrative duties, and that would give me even more time to focus on science,” he added. “All the titles I have, I can dial them back. In fact, I can dial myself back to the farm.”

Woman claims to find ‘hook’ inside tampon, calls company’s alleged response ‘unacceptable’

A Virginia Beach woman who allegedly found a sharp plastic hook inside a tampon claims she received an apology from the company and an offer for a refund, which she calls “unacceptable.”

“It was like, completely unacceptable,” Harmony Grant told 13 News Now. “I kind of felt like they brushed it off like it was no big deal. I could have seriously been injured.”


Grant alleges the trouble started when she unwrapped a Playtex Gentle Glide tampon and saw a black dot on it, according to the news outlet. She claims she pulled out the object, which revealed a hook.

She claims she contacted Edgewell Personal Care, which makes the product, and said they got back to her via email. In a statement to 13News Now, the company said that once it receives “the necessary information we will be able to fully evaluate all details of this report.”


“In the meantime, this one isolated case does not affect other Playtex tampon products, which remain safe to use,” the company’s spokesperson said. “The health and safety of the women who use our products is a top priority for Edgewell Personal Care.”


But Grant said she’s been left “traumatized” by the situation, and had shared a message to others on Facebook along with pictures of the alleged hook.

Woman with rare brain infection claims she thought she was ‘the Messiah’ after waking from coma

A council worker has relived the extraordinary moment when she awoke from a coma thinking she was “the Messiah” after a rare brain infection turned her into “a different person.” Convinced she was “a messenger from God,” despite not being religious, Evie Moore, 23, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, spent two months in hospital being treated for encephalitis – a serious inflammation of the brain.

“I remember lying on the floor next to my hospital bed and creating the sign of the cross,” Moore, who also temporarily forgot who her parents were after the condition – which causes the body’s immune system to start attacking healthy brain cells – struck, told PA Real Life. “Then, when the junior doctor came to see me, I’d say, ‘Hello, I’m a messenger from God and I’ve been sent from heaven.’”


Despite no longer experiencing religious delusions, Moore claims encephalitis has changed her personality – making her less inhibited – and also blames it for ending her first serious relationship.

“It’s very upsetting because I feel like I am better and I am back to normal, but I know that something has changed and my mum and dad sometimes comment on things that I might say that before I wouldn’t have done,” she said. “And, after the breakdown of my last relationship, I stopped looking for love because I was worried that my illness would mean we just broke up again.”

Before Sept. 2015, when she was struck down with encephalitis, Moore was a fit and healthy young woman, who ate well and visited the gym regularly.

Living happily with her then-boyfriend, who she does not wish to name, in Stroud, and working as a customer service assistant at an energy company, for a few months before the attack, she started experiencing out-of-character feelings of jealousy and paranoia.

“In the three months before encephalitis hit me, I was becoming paranoid and was getting worked up about things that wouldn’t normally bother me,” she said. “For no reason at all, I was getting really worried about my boyfriend at the time speaking to other girls, which never used to bother me before. And looking back now, that was clearly the beginning of it.”

Her condition deteriorated rapidly at the end of Sept. 2015, when Moore caught flu and was confined to her bed for a week.

At home on her own while her boyfriend was out one evening, she called her parents and, sensing something was wrong, her orthopedic engineer dad Ivan, 53, immediately drove to her house and brought her back to the family home in Tetbury, 11 miles away.

“Mum and Dad knew something wasn’t right with me, as I was very distressed and out of sorts,” she said. “It was becoming apparent that this wasn’t just flu. They were on tenterhooks.”


Then suddenly, Moore, who at that time was 20, started having a seizure in their living room, her eyes rolling back into her head and her mouth foaming.

Frantic and unable to bring her out of the seizure, her parents called an ambulance and paramedics immediately defibrillated her once she was in the ambulance to kick-start her heart and bring her back to consciousness.

She was then rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital 20 miles away in Gloucester, where she was put into an induced coma for 48 hours to reduce the damage to her brain caused by the seizure, which doctors were unsure of the cause of.

“My memory from then has all pretty much gone and I’ve had to piece it together from what my parents and younger sister Ruby, 19, have told me,” she said. “But I do remember coming to and looking at the catheter bag at the end of my bed, thinking, ‘How strange, I wonder what could have happened?’ and then feeling a horrible pain from where I’d bitten my tongue during the seizure.”

Totally disorientated, when her family came to visit her she did not recognize them and was barely able to form sentences.

Gradually, over a week in the hospital, her memory and faculties returned with the help of steroids to reduce the brain inflammation and Moore was allowed to return to the flat she shared with herthen-boyfriendd, having never been given confirmation of what had prompted her mysterious seizure.

Still confused, she was advised to have someone with her for the first two weeks and could not leave the flat without quickly becoming so overwhelmed that she had to flee back indoors.

“I started becoming delusional, too,” she said. “Once, I was watching the news on TV completely petrified, as I thought that I was there in the war zone that they were reporting on.”

Things came to a head a week after she went home when, lying in bed beside her boyfriend one night, she was suddenly struck by the thought that her mother Alison, 52, was dead.

“I sat bolt upright and was totally convinced she had died, as if someone had just told me, and started getting ready to leave the flat and go to my parents’ in the middle of the night,” she said. “It was clear then that I needed to be back in hospital again.”

Readmitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Moore was diagnosed with psychosis, a common symptom of encephalitis, which usually develops a few weeks after the initial seizure.

“I became animialistic,” Moore, who was eventually diagnosed with encephalitis after two weeks back in the hospital under observation, claims. “I had no knowledge of who I was anymore. The medics put me in a room on my own and I could see the birds flying outside and thought that I could, too. I was desperately trying to jump out of the window and fly and my dad using all his force to pull me back. I turned around and just shouted ‘F*** off’, and I remember seeing him tear up at those words.”

Despite the sudden change in Moore’s behavior and personality, her parents tried to be as comforting and helpful as they could, visiting her every day and humoring her often incoherent conversations.

Unfortunately, her relationship did not survive, as two weeks before the end of her nine week stint in the hospital, her boyfriend confessed he could not cope with the change in her.

“The illness had really altered who I was, and I think for a young relationship that was too much of a strain,” she said. “He came to visit me and started crying and we both decided it wasn’t right any more. He left and I closed my curtains and just started sobbing my eyes out.”

When she was finally discharged, Moore moved back in with her parents and, while her psychosis diminished, she could not work for 18 months because of exhaustion and disorientation.

“For a long time I had to rely on my mum to help me get dressed in the morning and put my make-up on,” Moore, who ballooned from 8st (approx. 112 pounds) to 14st (approx. 196 pounds) within 10 months because of steroid treatment, said. “I felt so tired all the time, but my parents were amazing in getting me up and doing things so that I didn’t just sit around and wallow. And that really helped me get off my feet both emotionally and physically.”

At first taking a part-time job as a shop assistant, in Nov. 2017, Moore was able to go back to working full-time as a sales consultant at travel agent Thomas Cook.

Then, in Feb. 2017, despite vowing not to get involved with another man, she met sales assistant George Moore, 25, who had been in the year above her at school, although they had never spoken before.


Initially finding each other on Snapchat, the pair clicked and met up for a coffee – soon dating and moving in with each other in Cirencester just six months later.

“I told him all about my encephalitis and what had happened to me on that first date,” she said. “He was brilliant and really encouraging. I fell in love with George and he made me feel so much better. He’s really tried to change things for me and help me to recover. That has been so important in getting over this nightmare.

“Sometimes I might seem a little strange, but he just said how brilliant he thought I was to have come through it all, and that made me feel really good in myself,” she said. “Now that I am recovering and have George at my side, I am completely comfortable in myself again.”

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Sydney Sevens: New Zealand strikes twice, USA claims fourth straight silver

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  • New Zealand 21-5 USA in Sydney final
  • Second title of 2018-19 for All Blacks
  • Black Ferns win means NZ secure double

(CNN)A new tournament, but the same result for the USA rugby sevens team, who fell to a fourth straight cup final defeat at the Sydney Sevens on Sunday.

For the second time this season, New Zealand got the better of the Eagles in a World Rugby Sevens Series gold medal encounter. The 21-5 victory for the All Blacks sees them tie with the USA at the top of the overall standings.
The wait for silverware goes on for Mike Friday’s team — which previously also fell at the final hurdle in Dubai, Cape Town, and Hamilton — after tries from Regan Ware, Sam Dickson, and Tone Ng Shiu handed the All Blacks victory with Brett Thompson producing a late reply for the USA.
    “We are once again hugely disappointed with the result after a very attritional and exhausting second day where we had to scrap for everything,” said Eagles’ head coach Mike Friday.

    “The final as expected was a hugely physical affair and whilst we did control the ball for good periods, unfortunately we made some errors which let the New Zealand team build scores in the first half.”
    Wins over France, Kenya and rival Canada saw USA reach the knockout stages, before getting the better of Spain and England to reach Sunday’s showpiece.
    Defeat in the final means the Eagles once again share the spoils at the top of the overall standings, although this time with the All Blacks following Fiji’s fourth-place finish in Sydney.
    While agonizing, another runner-up berth ensures the USA continues its best ever start to a season. Last year saw just one podium finish — a gold medal in Las Vegas, where the men’s circuit heads next.
    “We need to get some perspective as well in how well as a squad we are performing,” said Friday.
    “We are sitting top of the table going into Vegas and our aim to be in the top four at the end of the season, but we are hungry for cup wins along the way.”
    The All Blacks proved themselves to be the dominant force in Sydney, and sent out a big statement with a six-try, 36-14 victory over Fiji in the semifinals. Victory over the USA was their seventh sevens title on Australian soil.
    Kurt Baker celebrates scoring against Fiji at the Sydney Sevens semifinal.

    Kurt Baker celebrates scoring against Fiji at the Sydney Sevens semifinal.

    Having secured Commonwealth and World Cup gold medals in 2018, New Zealand will be keen to replicate that success in the World Series having not taken the overall title since 2014.
    “I thought we played extremely well over the past two days apart from a slow start yesterday morning,” said head coach Clark Laidlaw.
    “To execute as well as we did in those last two games is really pleasing and shows the huge amount of belief this team has.”

    Double delight for New Zealand

    In the women’s competition, there was a repeat of last year’s final with Australia meeting New Zealand.
    This year, however, the result was overturned with the Black Ferns defeating the home favorite 34-10, completing New Zealand’s double in Sydney.
    Michaela Blyde led the scoring with a second-half hat-trick in the final, along with scores from Stacey Waaka and Shakira Baker to hand the Black Ferns a comprehensive victory and a third-straight World Series title this season.
    The Black Ferns perform the haka after beating Australia in New Zealand.

    The Black Ferns perform the haka after beating Australia in New Zealand.

    “It doesn’t get much harder than beating Australia in Australia, and we hadn’t won the Sydney event before so it’s a great moment,” said coach Allan Bunting.
    “This weekend has definitely tested our depth and it has been really pleasing to see everyone step up and put in performances they can be proud of.”
      Midway through the season, the result puts New Zealand in the driving seat to regain the overall title from Australia. Victories in Glendale, Dubai, and Sydney put them 12 points clear of second-place USA.
      The women’s Series resumes in Kitakyushu, Japan, on April 20.

      Iran claims it launched new cruise missile on anniversary of revolution: report

      Iran on Saturday claimed it had successfully tested a new cruise missile with an 800-mile range during celebrations that marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought its theocratic regime into power.

      Defense Minister Amir Hatami confirmed the missile’s success on state television, which broadcast footage of the launch saying, “It can be ready in the shortest possible time and flies at very low altitude.”

      The news comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., who pulled out last year out of a major 2015 accord that compelled Iran to rein in its nuclear weapons development in exchange for eased sanctions.


      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran in December for testing a medium-range ballistic missile in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution meant to stop missile tests from Iran. Iran has insisted its tests are “purely defensive” and claims it has complied with the terms of the 2015 accord.


      AFP reported that Hatami told state television that the “Hoveizeh” cruise missile – which he described as the “long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in defending itself – “was carried out successfully at a range of (840 miles) and accurately hit the set target.”

      Fox News’ Trey Yingst contributed to this report.

      Case of mistaken identity leads sister to withdraw life support for a man who wasn’t her brother, lawsuit claims

      St. Barnabas Hospital is the subject of a lawsuit in a case of mistaken identity.

      St. Barnabas Hospital is the subject of a lawsuit in a case of mistaken identity.

      (CNN)For nearly two weeks, Shirell Powell stood vigil over her brother’s bedside in a New York hospital, believing there was nothing more doctors could do to save him.

      She was told he was brain-dead — the result of a narcotics overdose — so in late July 2018, a grieving Powell gave her permission to take him off life support and her brother was pronounced dead.
      A couple of weeks later, Powell was notified that the man she was about to lay to rest was someone with a similar name, Freddy Clarence Williams. Her brother, 40-year-old Frederick Williams, was very much alive.
      Powell is suing St. Barnabas Hospital for negligence and is seeking monetary relief. She says she “suffered severe emotional harm and injuries” as a result of the hospital mistakenly identifying the unconscious man as her brother, according to court documents.
        Steven Clark, a spokesman for the Bronx, New York, hospital, said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation, but that the hospital doesn’t “believe the claim has any merit.”

        The wrong Williams

        In mid-July 2018, an unconscious man named Freddy Clarence Williams was admitted to St. Barnabas Hospital and identified by the Social Security card he was carrying, Powell’s lawsuit says.
        Powell’s brother, Frederick Williams, had previously been a patient at the hospital, and Powell was among those listed in his patient profile as an emergency contact.
        Powell says in her lawsuit that she was contacted by the hospital and told by a doctor that “he did not think that Frederick Williams would ‘make it'” and that he would be transferred to the hospital’s hospice inpatient unit.
        A couple of weeks later, Powell made the decision to take her brother off life support and began making preparations for his burial. When an autopsy was conducted, a staff member at the New York Medical Examiner’s Office made it apparent to Powell that the man she grieved over was not her brother, but a man who shared a common name and a similar appearance.
        Powell’s attorney, Alexander Dudelson, said the man she believed to be her brother was swollen and was wrapped in a neck brace and tubes at the hospital, altering his appearance. Both Powell and several members of her family believed the man was their relative, he said.
        “I’ve seen pictures of the gentleman in the bed. He had a neck brace and tubes. Everything was very similar. When a hospital tells you this is your brother and there’s a resemblance, you’re inclined to believe it.”
        Dudelson said such resemblance does not absolve the hospital of wrongdoing, noting it neglected to check details that would have proved the two men were different people.
        “The dates of birth were off and the Social Security was off. The names were different,” Dudelson said.

        Who is the man who died?

        Powell’s brother, Frederick Williams, is alive and is being held at a correctional facility on Rikers Island, according to court records, which show he was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge and is awaiting a court date. CNN was unable to determine if Williams has a lawyer or if he has entered a plea.
        Powell did not hear from her brother until after the mix-up was discovered.
        “I don’t have any siblings, but I sometimes go a couple weeks without speaking to a best friend. A two-week span may not have been a big deal, especially when someone is incarcerated,” Dudelson said.
        The man who died on July 29, 2018, remains a mystery. No family members or close friends have come forward.
        Dudelson said he sent a letter to the hospital before Powell’s suit was filed, requesting an investigation. In response, he received a letter from the hospital’s attorneys stating that because his client was not related to Freddy Clarence Williams, they could not “provide … any information regarding this patient under the present circumstances.”
          “Further, the facts you allege in your letter, even if they were accurate, would not constitute a cognizable cause of action. Please understand, if you commence a suit, we will seek all available relief against you and your client for frivolous litigation,” the letter states.
          Powell has “suffered emotionally” and is in counseling, Dudelson said. “I hope this never happens again. The whole thing is sickening.”

          ABC: Emails and photos appear to contradict NRA claims distancing group from 2015 Russia trip

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          Washington (CNN)Emails and photos showing that members of the National Rifle Association organized a trip to Moscow in 2015 appear to contradict claims made by the group to distance itself from the trip, ABC reported Wednesday.

          The New York Times reported earlier this week that members of the organization — including “high-profile donors, boosters and board members” — visited the country on a trip that was arranged by Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy who pleaded guilty last month to attempting to infiltrate GOP political circles and influence US relations with Russia before and after the 2016 presidential election.
          The paper said that in addition to Butina, the trip was organized with the help of David Keene, a former NRA president with ties to the alleged spy. According to the Times, the NRA is attempting to distance itself from the trip after it became clear that Butina was involved with it. A person who answered the phone when CNN attempted to contact Keene directed questions to the NRA.
          In a statement to CNN, a lawyer for the NRA said CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre encouraged people not to go on the trip when he became aware of its details. LaPierre prohibited staff members from attending the trip at the time and then-NRA President Allan Cors agreed not to go on the trip.
            “When he became aware of the details of the trip, Wayne was personally opposed to it,” said William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel for the NRA. “In order that the group was not viewed as representing the NRA, Wayne spoke with several people about the excursion. As a result, Mr. Cors agreed not to make the trip. In addition, NRA staff members who were in Israel (for a trip that preceded the visit to Russia) returned home.”
            However, ABC reported on Wednesday that emails sent by NRA officials and photos taken during the trip and reviewed by the outlet “appear to show the organization was significantly involved in planning it.”
            According to ABC, one email, shared with the outlet by an unnamed source, shows an NRA employee appearing “to help Butina make travel arrangements for a delegation” that included a litany of NRA officials, including Keene and future NRA president Pete Brownell.
            Other emails suggest that the organization would cover trip expenses for two members of the trip and would provide official NRA “gifts” for the visitors to give to their hosts, according to the outlet.
            A photo ABC said was posted to Facebook by “one of Butina’s fellow gun-rights enthusiasts” reportedly shows the alleged Russian spy standing alongside members of the group and a red sign emblazoned with the NRA’s logo and the words “Welcome to Russia comrads (sic).”
              ABC also said that another Butina associate characterized the trip as “official” in a Facebook post about it.
              “The delegation of the world’s largest social organization for supporters of weapons, the National Rifle Association USA (The NRA) made an official visit to Moscow and met with supporters of the movement, Right to Arms,” the post, translated from Russian, read, according to ABC.