Pakistanis thought US was dropping bombs in their village; former Patriots tight end found not guilty of double murder; Apple files for permit to test self-driving cars; and more headlines to end your workweek, Friday, April 14, 2017.
VILLAGERS TERRIFIED BY MOAB BLAST
Pakistani villagers living near the are where the “mother of all bombs” was detonated said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village by U.S. warplanes targeting militants in Pakistan.
"I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion. It was an earsplitting blast," said Shah Wali, 46, who lives in the village of Goor Gari, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the border with Nangarhar. "I jumped from my bed and came out of my home to see what has gone wrong in our village."
Dozens of other villagers also came out of their homes, Wali said. He later went near the border, where he met with other residents. He said he could see smoke in the sky.
"The whole house was shaking," said Mufti Khan of Achin district in Nangarhar. "When I came out of my house, I saw a large fire and the whole area was burning."
SUPPLIER: DRUG SOLD TO ARKANSAS NOT INTENDED FOR LETHAL INJECTION
A medical supply company says a drug it sold to Arkansas that will be used to execute seven inmates before the end of the month was not intended to be used for lethal injection.
McKesson said it's considering legal action to get the drug back.
The San Francisco-based company said in a statement released Thursday night that it sold vecuronium bromide to Arkansas' prison system believing it would be used for medical purposes. McKesson says once it learned otherwise, it requested the drug be returned, but it never was.
AARON HERNANDEZ ACQUITTED OF DOUBLE MURDER
Prosecutors and relatives of the men killed in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's double murder case say they're upset about his acquittal but take solace in the fact he's already serving a life sentence in another case.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says one of the victims' relatives said after Hernandez was acquitted of murder and other charges Friday, "At least he's not walking out the door today."
Hernandez was convicted of a gun possession charge. A judge sentenced him to an additional four to five years in prison.
APPLE ENTERS SELF-DRIVING CAR RACE
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too.
Ending years of speculation, Apple's late entry into a crowded field was made official Friday with the disclosure that the California Department of Motor Vehicles had awarded a permit for the company to start testing its self-driving car technology on public roads in the state.
The permit covers three vehicles — all 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs — and six individual drivers. California law requires people to be in a self-driving car who can take control if something goes wrong.
DELTA GIVES OK TO OFFER UP TO $9,950 ON OVERBOOKED FLIGHTS
Delta is letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.
In an internal memo obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Delta Air Lines said gate agents can offer up to $2,000, up from a previous maximum of $800, and supervisors can offer up to $9,950, up from $1,350.
United is reviewing its policies, including incentives for customers, and will announce any actions by April 30, a spokeswoman said. Other airlines did not immediately comment on whether they would raise their limits on passenger compensation.
WHITE HOUSE WILL NOT RELEASE VISITOR LOGS
The White House said Friday that it will not release logs of visitors to the White House, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor.
The decision will outrage open-government groups, and possibly spark fresh litigation to try to force the Trump administration to release the information. They see the logs as an important tool for monitoring which individuals or groups may be trying to influence government policy.
Trump has been widely criticized for a lack of openness for refusing to release his tax returns, breaking with decades of precedent.