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FAA seeks a truce in dispute between Southwest and key union

DALLAS (AP) — A high-ranking federal regulator is telling Southwest Airlines and its mechanics union that their bitter fight could hurt the airline’s safety program. The Federal Aviation Administration‘s top safety official sent a terse letter Friday, saying both sides have a safety responsibility. Ali Bahrami says a breakdown in the relationship between the airline and … Continue reading FAA seeks a truce in dispute between Southwest and key union

Kenya airport strike enters 2nd day as leaders are detained

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A strike by airport workers at Kenya’s main airport continued Thursday, but the East African country’s flagship airline says operations are returning to normal. Members of the National Youth Service and military personnel are performing screening and security services in response to the sudden strike Wednesday by the Kenya Aviation Workers … Continue reading Kenya airport strike enters 2nd day as leaders are detained

Archeologists find hidden tunnels below Alcatraz prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Archaeologists have confirmed a long-time suspicion of historians and say that famed Alcatraz prison was built over a Civil War-era military fortification. SFGate reports researchers have found a series of buildings and tunnels under the prison yard of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which once held Al Capone. A study published in “Near … Continue reading Archeologists find hidden tunnels below Alcatraz prison

Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Megastar Michael Jackson‘s musical legacy has been getting critically reappraised after a new documentary rekindled allegations of child sexual abuse, but at least two music museums in Detroit and Tennessee aren’t scrubbing the King of Pop from their exhibits. The National Museum of African American Music said Jackson will be included in … Continue reading Music museums keeping Michael Jackson exhibits on display

4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)— Four Americans and a local pilot are dead in Kenya after their helicopter crashed on an island in Lake Turkana in the north, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in Central Island National Park as two helicopters took off after a visit to the Lobolo tented camp, according to an … Continue reading 4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four Americans and a local pilot are dead in Kenya after their helicopter crashed on an island in Lake Turkana in the north, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in Central Island National Park as two helicopters took off after a visit to the Lobolo tented camp, according to … Continue reading 4 Americans, local pilot die in Kenya helicopter crash

British museum agrees to return emperor’s hair to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Two locks of hair belonging to widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros will be repatriated after a request from Addis Ababa, the National Army Museum in Britain announced Monday, as more African countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago. An outcry erupted last year in … Continue reading British museum agrees to return emperor’s hair to Ethiopia

Stormy weather in Germany dampens Carnival fun

BERLIN (AP) — Stormy weather is causing problems for the organizers of annual Carnival parades in Germany, with one event called off and others imposing restrictions. Organizers of the major parades in the traditional Carnival strongholds of Mainz, Cologne and Duesseldorf cut horses from Monday’s events. Cologne also decided to do without flags and signs, … Continue reading Stormy weather in Germany dampens Carnival fun

50 years after it opened, Alabama music studio plans a party

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A small northern Alabama music studio where The Rolling Stones, Cher, and other stars recorded their hit songs is turning 50 this year. Muscle Shoals Sound Studios will host an April 27 celebration of the milestone in Sheffield, Alabama. David Hood will perform as part of a Muscle Shoals All-Stars revue, … Continue reading 50 years after it opened, Alabama music studio plans a party

London Stansted Airport shut for hours after aborted takeoff

LONDON (AP) — British air accident authorities are investigating the aborted takeoff of a Laudamotion flight from London’s Stansted Airport to Vienna that left eight people injured. Passengers reported hearing a bang on the side of the aircraft Friday evening before it skidded to a stop. Images posted on social media showed evacuation slides deployed. … Continue reading London Stansted Airport shut for hours after aborted takeoff

Czech Republic works to get Pompidou Center branch in Prague

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s prime minister says the National Gallery in Prague is working on a project with the Pompidou Center in Paris whose goal is to establish a branch of the modern art museum in the Czech capital. Prime Minister Andrej Babis made the announcement Friday after meeting Pompidou Center president Serge … Continue reading Czech Republic works to get Pompidou Center branch in Prague

Back to his roots: Hockney landscapes adorn Van Gogh Museum

AMSTERDAM / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) A new exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum highlights the influences of the tormented Dutch master on the later landscape works of one of the world’s greatest living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition “Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” opens Friday and runs through May 26. It features … Continue reading Back to his roots: Hockney landscapes adorn Van Gogh Museum

Before meeting Kim, Trump oversees big Vietnamese plane deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong presided over the signing of several trade deals in Hanoi on Wednesday, including agreements to sell the booming Southeast Asian country 110 Boeing planes worth billions of dollars. The deals give Trump tangible progress to take home ahead of meetings expected for … Continue reading Before meeting Kim, Trump oversees big Vietnamese plane deal

Thousands ordered to leave as California river rises

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people along a flooded river were under evacuation orders Wednesday as a relentless storm pounded Northern California, drenching the San Francisco Bay Area and pummeling the Sierra Nevada with snow. Some two dozen communities along the Russian River in Sonoma County were ordered evacuated Tuesday evening shortly before the … Continue reading Thousands ordered to leave as California river rises

Rain prompts evacuation order for Northern California towns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Torrential rain from a winter storm that has also dumped heavy snow in mountainous areas prompted California authorities to order mandatory evacuations for two dozen small communities north of San Francisco. The order covers a 35-mile (56-kilometer) stretch of communities in Sonoma County along the Russian River, which was expected to … Continue reading Rain prompts evacuation order for Northern California towns

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

DETROIT / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive the region’s economy. Under … Continue reading Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

Trump, Merkel, queen all targets for German Carnival floats

BERLIN (AP) — Groups and clubs in Germany are putting the final touches on their elaborate floats with outrageous caricatures depicting political themes for this year’s Carnival celebrations. In a workshop in Mainz on Tuesday, an artist worked studiously on a float featuring a bull with “USA” emblazoned on the side, with a horned head … Continue reading Trump, Merkel, queen all targets for German Carnival floats

Rutgers puts aside distractions to beat Wisconsin

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rutgers women’s basketball team overcame some turmoil off the court over the past few days to beat Wisconsin. The school announced on Sunday that Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer would step away from the program to rest on the advice of doctors. That news was sandwiched between two … Continue reading Rutgers puts aside distractions to beat Wisconsin

Fierce winter storm that hit West reaches California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A winter storm driven that slammed the western U.S. was barreling through California on Tuesday, bringing threats of flooding, avalanches and blinding, blowing snow on roads in the Sierra Nevada. Heavy rain began falling Monday and the National Weather Service issued flood warnings and flash flood watches for the San Francisco … Continue reading Fierce winter storm that hit West reaches California

The Latest: North Korea’s Kim gets in limo after train trip

DONG DANG, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on the summit in Vietnam between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:20 a.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being accompanied in Vietnam by a group of top lieutenants including his influential younger sister. Kim arrived by train at … Continue reading The Latest: North Korea’s Kim gets in limo after train trip

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A man who was killed while trying to hijack a commercial flight in Bangladesh was a 24-year-old passenger from a village near the capital who may not have been armed, officials said Monday, in a reversal of previous allegations that he was carrying a pistol. “There was no signal that he … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking

CAMARILLO, Calif | Average US price of gas jumps 10 cents per gallon, to $2.44

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up 10 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.44. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the jump follows a rise in crude oil costs. Lundberg says the price at the pump is 15 … Continue reading CAMARILLO, Calif | Average US price of gas jumps 10 cents per gallon, to $2.44

BERLIN | Rescuers search for missing skier after Austrian avalanche

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche in Austria buried a group of backcountry skiers, killing one and injuring a second. Three other skiers were rescued unharmed. The Austrian news agency APA reported Sunday that Austrian and German rescue teams and planes were looking for the missing … Continue reading BERLIN | Rescuers search for missing skier after Austrian avalanche

BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — French authorities say firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that spread overnight near a small village on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed 20 wildfires that started in several places on Saturday. More than 1,500 … Continue reading BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

WASHINGTON | Mueller: Manafort ‘brazenly violated the law’ for years

WASHINGTON (AP)— Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to “the heart of the criminal justice system” and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and “members of the executive branch of the United States government,” according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller: Manafort ‘brazenly violated the law’ for years

REYKJAVIK Iceland | Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government. The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced this week an annual quota of 209 … Continue reading REYKJAVIK Iceland | Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

BEIJING | China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million people were barred from buying train tickets, … Continue reading BEIJING | China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

ATLANTA | Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

ATLANTA (AP) — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. But the artwork was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy, historians say. Atlanta’s Cyclorama depicts charging horses, … Continue reading ATLANTA | Cyclorama to be unveiled again amid diverging views of past

BARCELONA, Spain | Spain: Pro-secession protesters block roads in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Protesters backing Catalonia’s secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked roads across the northeastern region Thursday during a student and worker strike over the trial of a dozen separatist leaders. Regional police said four people were arrested when officers met resistance while trying to clear groups of protesters who had … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | Spain: Pro-secession protesters block roads in Catalonia

US says airfares hit new lows after factoring inflation

The average fare for airline travel within the United States has hit the lowest level since the government started keeping track in 1995, after adjusting for inflation. However, that doesn’t count fees that airlines add for things like checking a bag, getting a better seat, or moving up in the boarding line. Airlines get an … Continue reading US says airfares hit new lows after factoring inflation