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NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

NEW YORK — The Senate’s top Democrat says the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t moving fast enough to roll out a plan to stop airlines from shrinking passengers’ seats. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials should be doing more to comply with a law to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes. The law, part of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

MAZATLAN, Mexico  — Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico‘s Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous Category 3 storm hit near Isla del Bosque in Sinaloa state, and … Continue reading MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

WASHINGTON— Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn’t elaborate. “I asked them: ‘How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don’t know what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

HONOLULU  — The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has quieted to the point that federal officials are ready to allow people back to the dramatically changed summit crater, which has quadrupled in size, lost all of its lava and collapsed downward so far that the Empire State Building could now fit inside. Hawaii Volcanoes … Continue reading HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls … Continue reading Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney … Continue reading VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

LAWRENCE, Mass  — There’s no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday’s disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn’t appear to be “anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional.” He said … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 10 a.m. Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes. And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it. The … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina