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Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:33

The documents, which are on a U.S. federal website and were viewed by Reuters, reveal the wrangling over previously proposed safety checks on CFM engines that are now the focus of investigations following a fatal engine explosion this week. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would order the inspection of some CFM jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off the engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger.

Man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:19

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman's car, police said Thursday.

Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound.

Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call cops

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:31

Employees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company.

Comey: I don't believe that Loretta Lynch did anything improper

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:22

Former FBI Director James Comey talks with Rachel Maddow about worries he cited in his book, "A Higher Loyalty," about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch with regard to the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.

The Latest: Student: Confederate flag theft sparked protests

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:11

AUBURN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Confederate flag demonstrations outside of a Michigan high school (all times local):

Russia, Syria trying to 'sanitize' chemical attack site: U.S. State Department

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:02

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to "sanitize" the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while denying access to the area by international inspectors, the State Department said on Thursday. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had not been given access to the site of the alleged attack in the town of Douma on April 7.

US police chief apologizes after Starbucks arrests uproar

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:32

Philadelphia's police chief publicly apologized Thursday after the arrest of two black men in a Starbucks store triggered uproar in the United States, admitting he "failed miserably" with his initial response. After the coffee chain moved to repair the damage to its image in the wake of a series of protests at Starbucks outlets, the city's police commissioner Richard Ross told reporters his force also needed to do better.

Toddler shoots pregnant mother while playing with dad's gun

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:03

Raw video: Police say 3-year-old accidentally shot her pregnant mom in parking lot in Indiana.

Ted Cruz shrugs off past feud and lauds Trump in Time essay

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:29

Ted Cruz wrote an essay for Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2018” issue, praising President Trump, who the Texas senator once described as a "bully," "narcissist" and "serial philanderer."

911 operator sentenced for hanging up on emergency calls

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:56

A former 911 operator has been sentenced to community service and 18 months probation for hanging up on emergency calls.

US awards $1bn contract for hypersonic missile as it falls behind Russia and China in new arms race

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:53

The US Air Force is awarding almost $1 billion (£700m) to Lockheed Martin to develop a hypersonic missile as it tries to keep up with recent strides made by Russia and China in building ever faster weapons. Moscow last month claimed the lead in the race to develop missiles that can travel at many times the speed of sound. Its defence ministry revealed video footage of its plane-launched Kinzhal missile, which is reportedly capable of accelerating to ten times the speed of sound. American officials have also expressed concern that China was building missiles that could outrace or outfox its existing defence and interceptor systems. Now the Pentagon says Lockheed is to receive up to $929 million to design and build a “hypersonic conventional strike weapon”. “This contract provides for the design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and aircraft integration support of all the elements of a hypersonic, conventional, air-launched, stand-off weapon,” it said in a statement. The technology is at the forefront of today’s non-nuclear arms race. Most efforts focus on “boost-glide” weapons that use rockets to accelerate to high speeds at the edge of space, before the payload separates and glides unpowered to the target. Not only can they outrun efforts to shoot them down, but they can be manoeuvred in-flight unlike ballistic missiles that follow parabolic trajectories. Last month, Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia had tested a new generation of nuclear weapons that were invulnerable to US missile defences. A Kinzhal hypersonic missile is fired from a MiG-31 get in footage released by Moscow Credit: AP His rhetoric was backed up days later when the defence ministry released footage of a Kinzhal – Russian for “dagger” - missile being launched from a Mig-31 fighter jet. Earlier this week, Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's new defence undersecretary for research and engineering told Congress that China had also pulled ahead of the US in hypersonic technologies. 'Like a ball of fire' | New strategic weapons announced by Vladimir Putin “Our adversaries are presenting us today with a renewed challenge of a sophisticated, evolving threat,” he told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “We are in turn preparing to meet that challenge and to restore the technical overmatch of the United States armed forces that we have traditionally held.” He has repeatedly warned that time is running out for the US to maintain its technological dominance over enemies.

U.S. says ex-official at PDVSA unit pleads guilty to money laundering

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:49

A former official of a subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said. Cesar Rincon, a Venezuelan citizen who was extradited to the United States from Spain after his arrest there last year, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the department said.

Today only, get a refurbished 12-inch gold MacBook for just $780 on Amazon

Macworld - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:45

The gold early-2015 12-inch MacBook is the star of today’s Amazon’s Deal of the Day, and fortunately it’s not priced like a chunk of gold. In fact, Amazon vendor Woot is selling a certified refurbished version of the notebook for a whopping $420 off, which brings the price down from $1,200 to just $800.

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The Best Of Urban Outfitters' Spring Shoe Sale

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:14

Forget the holidays, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year. If

Toddler shoots pregnant mother after finding father's loaded gun

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:06

A three-year-old girl shot her pregnant mother after finding her father's loaded gun, police said. Shanique Thomas was sitting in the front seat of the car outside shops in Merrillville, Indiana, a small town around 40 miles south of Chicago, when she was shot between the chest and shoulder, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department. "There was blood flowing all from her stomach – just coming out like water, like a faucet," said Hadassah Zirkle, who was working in a shop nearby when someone walked in and told her a woman was bleeding outside.

All over the world! Couple capture their global dip-kisses at landmark locations

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:04

Rob and Joli Switzer go on a minimum of four international holidays per year to ensure that they get their unique dip-kiss photograph.

U.S. Senate committee to vote on bill to protect Mueller next week

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:47

The leader of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday the committee would vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite objections by the chamber's Republican leadership. Senator Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, said he was keeping his word to the bill's backers that the panel would take up the measure if they reached a bipartisan compromise, which they had. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had told Fox News on Tuesday that he would not allow a vote on the measure in the full Senate.

Classic Recreations ready to churn out original Boss and Mach 1 Mustangs

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:11

It's been a while since we last heard from the folks at Classic Recreations, but they've been busy. It turns out the Oklahoma-based company has secured a license from Ford to recreate some of the automaker's most cherished Mustangs. It will be a Boss 429, a car CR says only it's allowed to build under license.

Cynthia Nixon Would 'Rather Be The Good Nixon Than The Bad Cuomo'

Top Stories - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:54

New York gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon took a swipe at incumbent Gov.


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