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  • Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months. […]
  • Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

    BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to “break into the club” of male military aviators. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm, while working with other women to see a rule excluding them from combat flights […]
  • Some male sexual assault victims feel left behind by #MeToo

    For some male victims of sexual assault and abuse, #MeToo can feel more like #WhatAboutMe? They admire the women speaking out about traumatic experiences as assault and harassment victims, while wondering whether men with similar scars will ever receive a comparable level of public empathy and understanding. “Because the movement happened to get its start […]
  • Manhattan turf war: ‘Billionaires Row’ vs. homeless shelter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world’s wealthiest people have apartments in the half-dozen new skyscrapers built along a stretch of Manhattan’s 57th Street known as “Billionaires Row.” And soon they may have an unwanted new neighbor: a homeless shelter. The city has approved a plan to house 140 single men in what was […]
  • Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

    HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro turned over Cuba’s presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island. Castro’s 90-minute valedictory […]
  • Corruption watchdog: G-20 moving slowly against tax havens

    BERLIN (AP) — An international corruption watchdog group says two years after the Panama Papers revealed how the rich have stashed wealth in shell companies, the world’s Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency. Transparency International said Thursday that 11 G-20 countries still […]
  • The Latest: Hawaii lawmakers provide $125M for flood repairs

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on severe flooding that hit Hawaii’s Kauai Island (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Hawaii lawmakers are appropriating $125 million to help with flood relief efforts on Kauai and elsewhere in the state. House and Senate leaders said Wednesday the money would support road, bridge and infrastructure repairs. Kauai will receive […]
  • North Korea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

    TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament. Congratulations. You are now thinking like a North Korean […]
  • Japan finance official quits over alleged sexual misconduct

    TOKYO (AP) — A senior Japanese finance ministry official resigned Wednesday after being accused of sexual misconduct in the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s embattled government, already hit by cronyism and other scandals. Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda denied the allegations but submitted his resignation, citing difficulties carrying out his duties because of […]
  • Wynn Resorts expands board of directors, adds 3 women

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts has expanded its board of directors to 11 members with the appointment of three women. The appointments were announced Wednesday and bring the number of women on the board to four. The changes come months after shareholders filed lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duties against board members […]
  • South Carolina Senate passes rate cut, threatening merger

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate approved a proposal Wednesday to significantly cut the amount a private utility can charge customers to pay for two nuclear plants that were never finished. But the Senate’s plan to cut the 18 percent SCANA Corp. is charging customers to pay for the failed project down to […]
  • Air Force to buy water, help with filters for Colorado towns

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. military has agreed to spend more than $900,000 to buy water and take other steps for Colorado communities where wells were tainted by chemicals from nearby Peterson Air Force Base. The Gazette reported Wednesday the Air Force will purchase clean drinking water and pay for operating and maintaining […]
  • NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon. The satellite — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess […]
  • ‘That’s how she’s wired’: Pilot lauded for handling crisis

    BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet’s damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls. Tammie Jo […]
  • The Latest: SpaceX rocket booster lands on floating platform

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the launch of the planet-hunter satellite Tess (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Just minutes after launching NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft, the SpaceX rocket booster is back on Earth. The first-stage booster landed Wednesday evening on a floating platform in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast. The Tess […]