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Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix
Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in total.

North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon as it tells US to replace Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks
North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon as it tells US to replace Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks

North Korea announced on Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, in its first public weapons test since February's failed summit with the US in Hanoi.  Shortly after the test, North Korea demanded that Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, be removed from nuclear disarmament talks in another sign of deteriorating diplomatic relations with Washington since the failure of their second summit in Hanoi in February.  Pyongyang wanted a replacement for Mr Pompeo who would be "more careful and mature," the North's state media reported on Thursday, accusing the senior US official of undermining negotiations.  Adding to the stand-off, the Kremlin yesterday announced...

NTSB investigating American Airlines JFK flight that 'struck an object' at takeoff
NTSB investigating American Airlines JFK flight that 'struck an object' at takeoff

The plane reportedly tipped in strong wind, and a wingtip hit a runway marker during takeoff.

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke is one of the most influential people of 2019. Emma Thompson calls the 'Game of Thrones' star a powerhouse to watch.

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Notre-Dame's famed rose window spared but blaze harms priceless artworks

Notre-Dame's famed stained-glass rose windows and most of its many religious relics appeared to have escaped the worst of Monday's inferno as well, easing fears for the fate of the vast trove of artworks in the 800-year-old gothic cathedral. Among the most cherished articles to make it out unscathed was the "Sainte Couronne" (holy crown), made of braided reed brought to France from Constantinople in the 12th century. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted a picture of heavy-set candlesticks stacked in the safety of nearby Paris City Hall.

Benjamin Netanyahu on course to remain prime minister after tight Israeli election
Benjamin Netanyahu on course to remain prime minister after tight Israeli election

Benjamin Netanyahu looked on the brink of securing a fifth-term as Israel's prime minister on Wednesday, after fending off a centrist challenge despite facing criminal corruption charges.  With nearly all votes counted, Mr Netanyahu's Likud had won the same number of seats as Blue & White, a centrist coalition run by led by former general Benny Gantz, but the prime minister had a much clearer path to forming a coalition.  "This is a night of tremendous victory," Mr Netanyahu told his cheering supporters in Tel Aviv. "I am very moved that the people of Israel again put its faith in me, for the fifth time". If the final tallies are confirmed, it will cement Mr Netanyahu's reputation as the...

Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown
Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown

Trump denies plans for 'big' action but officials suggest otherwise, raising prospect of renewed family separations A prospective policy would force migrant parents to choose between being detained in jail-like facilities with their children or agreeing to a separation. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images Donald Trump flatly denied on Tuesday that he was planning a "big" new crackdown on migrants at the southern border, even as senior administration officials briefed reporters on the details of such a plan in the works, leaders in charge of immigration policy were shuffled, and insiders described Trump in private as apoplectic over a recent increase in migrant arrivals. A senior...

Migrant apprehensions soar at US-Mexico border in March
Migrant apprehensions soar at US-Mexico border in March

The number of migrants detained entering the United States from Mexico without documents soared to more than 103,000 in March, with the number of families arriving jumping as well, US Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday. The sharp upturn from the winter months, when the figure averaged around 60,000 a month, underscored the ineffectiveness of Trump administration efforts to stem the flow of migrants fleeing endemic poverty and violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The data was released as President Donald Trump launches into a sweeping shakeup in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees most border policing activities including the CBP.

Parents at UC Berkeley Easter-Egg Hunt Must Sign Waivers Due to Kids
Parents at UC Berkeley Easter-Egg Hunt Must Sign Waivers Due to Kids' Risk of 'Death'

Children were not allowed to participate in an Easter-egg hunt at the University of California, Berkeley without their parents' first signing a waiver - due to the apparent risk of injury or even death.According to Reason, parents had to stand in line for up to half an hour to hand in the waiver before their kids could attend the 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Learning Festival. The waiver, which was obtained by Reason, listed risks including "minor injuries, such as scratches, bruises, and sprains," "major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, heart attacks, and concussions," and even "catastrophic injuries including paralysis or death."Yes - death. Truly,...

Redacted Mueller report set for release
Redacted Mueller report set for release 'within a week'

US President Donald Trump's justice chief said Tuesday his review of the two-year Russian meddling investigation is on schedule and a redacted version of the report could be released by next week. Attorney General Bill Barr repeated his refusal however to give Congress the full, unaltered report -- including crucial secret testimony -- despite the threat of a subpoena. In his first public remarks since declaring President Donald Trump cleared of conspiracy to collude with Russia and obstruction of justice, Barr said his office was still editing out sensitive materials in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report.

Southwest flight canceled? Here's why the airline won't book you on another carrier
Southwest flight canceled? Here's why the airline won't book you on another carrier

Frustrated Southwest Airlines passengers have bombarded the airline with questions in the wake of heavy Boeing 737 Max 8 flight cancellations.

US actress Lori Loughlin faces new charge in college bribery scandal
US actress Lori Loughlin faces new charge in college bribery scandal

American actress Lori Loughlin was hit with a second charge on Tuesday stemming from a college admissions bribery scandal, increasing the likelihood that she could serve time in prison. The actress, known for her role on "Full House," now faces the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering in addition to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling said. Unlike actress Felicity Huffman, who was also among 33 parents charged in the case, Loughlin has so far chosen not to plead guilty -- a move that, in addition to avoiding trial, usually results in a reduced sentence.

Mercedes 2020 AMG CLA 35 announced ahead of New York debut
Mercedes 2020 AMG CLA 35 announced ahead of New York debut

Mercedes announced that the new 2020 AMG CLA 35 will make its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show, a model very similar to the AMG A35 sedan that was unveiled two weeks ago.

Imran Khan accuses India and Israel of moral bankruptcy over election annexation pledges
Imran Khan accuses India and Israel of moral bankruptcy over election annexation pledges

Imran Khan has accused India's leaders of moral bankruptcy for trying to win votes by annexing Kashmir, after Narendra Modi pledged to remove its special autonomous status if re-elected. In outspoken remarks just days before voting begins in India's upcoming election, Mr Khan said Mr Modi was flouting a United Nations resolution and his own constitution with his manifesto pledge. Pakistan's prime minister also attacked Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, after he promised to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected on Tuesday. "Don't their people feel a sense of outrage and wonder at how far they will go simply to win an election?" Mr Khan asked. Mr...

As Mueller release nears, White House renews attacks
As Mueller release nears, White House renews attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took a victory lap after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation. It may have been premature.

'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guilty
'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guilty

From shake-ups at the Department of Homeland Security to Allison Mack pleading guilty in a sex cult case, here's Monday's top news.

US urges Russia, Syria to facilitate aid to remote camp
US urges Russia, Syria to facilitate aid to remote camp

BEIRUT (AP) - The U.S. military said Monday that it is not preventing Syrians from leaving a remote displacement camp near an American base in Syria and is urging Russia and Damascus to help facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Celebrate All Things Jeep Pickup with These Awesome 2019 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts
Celebrate All Things Jeep Pickup with These Awesome 2019 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

'He moved mountains:' Baby with rare disease inspires life-saving law before he dies

Bryce Harlan Clausen never walked or crawled. But in his all-too-brief life, he accomplished something many never do: 'He made a law!'

From Nowhere, Annexation Becomes an Issue on Eve of Israel's Election
From Nowhere, Annexation Becomes an Issue on Eve of Israel's Election

Three days before Israel's April 9 poll, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to extend Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank that are home to Jewish settlements if re-elected, giving voice to the long-held dream of Israeli nationalists and the nightmare of Palestinians who see the territory as the heartland of a future state. Polls show Netanyahu facing a tighter race than he may have imagined three months ago when he announced his government had reached the end of its line and called early elections.

American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott released after being kidnapped in Uganda
American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott released after being kidnapped in Uganda

Kimberly Sue Endicott, an American who was kidnapped for ransom last week in Uganda, has been released safely along with her Congolese safari guide.

Joe Biden fighting to keep  presidential bid on track as interest surges in
Joe Biden fighting to keep  presidential bid on track as interest surges in 'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg

Joe Biden is fighting to keep his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination on track as interest surges in Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of the rustbelt city of South Bend, Indiana. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women have dealt a serious blow to the 76-year-old former vice-president who, even though he has still formally to declare his candidacy, is seen as Donald Trump's likeliest opponent. Mr Biden has apologised for his tactile approach, but he has found himself the butt of satire on Saturday Night Live. His handling of the issue - including making a joke about the controversy on Friday - attracted further criticism over the weekend. Colorado Senator Michael...

Your kids could be key to tax breaks, and maybe a bigger refund
Your kids could be key to tax breaks, and maybe a bigger refund

The tax overhaul cuts out the personal exemption and could hurt some families with children in high school or college. But tax credits can help.

The Latest: Trump boasts of Israel support to Jewish group
The Latest: Trump boasts of Israel support to Jewish group

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition (all times local):

Court Ruling Implies That Barr Must Redact Grand-Jury Info from Mueller Report
Court Ruling Implies That Barr Must Redact Grand-Jury Info from Mueller Report

In disclosing the Mueller report, Attorney General William P. Barr will have to redact grand-jury information. That is the upshot of the ruling today by a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.I flagged this case, now called McKeever v. Barr (formerly McKeever v. Sessions), last week. It did not arise out of the Mueller investigation, but it obviously has significant ramifications for the Mueller report -- in particular, how much of it we will get to see.At issue was this question: Does a federal court have the authority to order disclosure of grand-jury materials if the judge decides that the interests of justice warrant doing so; or is the judge limited to the...

Sanders Backs Committee to Study Slavery Reparations
Sanders Backs Committee to Study Slavery Reparations

Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said Friday that if he is elected president in 2020 he would sign legislation that would create a commission to explore the payment of reparations to African Americans.Following his remarks at Al Sharpton's National Action Network Conference, Sanders was asked whether he would support a bill, introduced by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), that would form a commission to study the institution of American slavery and devise a plan to compensate living descendants of slaves."If the House and the Senate pass that bill, of course I would sign it. There needs to be a study. But I think what we need to do is to pay real attention to the most...

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Trump's threat to close US-Mexico border is to please voters, experts say

President's retreat from warning shows his immigration approach is politically motivated rather than driven by policyDonald Trump 'hasn't really been able to get a handle on the issue', said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Photograph: Evan Vucci/APDespite vowing to revisit the idea of closing the US-Mexico border in a year's time, Donald Trump's retreat from his threat this week served as the latest example of his inability to address the signature issue of his presidency.Throughout his first two years in office, Trump has cast a sustained spotlight on the border while sounding the alarm over immigration, in the hopes of enacting the restrictive...

DoJ officials told of Barr meeting on day he submitted memo critical of Mueller
DoJ officials told of Barr meeting on day he submitted memo critical of Mueller

Revealed: the attorney general, then a private lawyer, called the special counsel's obstruction of justice inquiry into Trump 'fatally misconceived' William Barr told the Senate there was no follow-up to his 'unsolicited' memo about Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation from senior justice department officials. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Justice department officials were told William Barr had been invited to meet them last summer on the same day he submitted an "unsolicited" memo that heavily criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into obstruction of justice by Donald Trump. Barr, who was a private attorney at the time, met the officials for lunch three...

Pres. Trump mocks Joe Biden by tweeting parody touchy-feely video
Pres. Trump mocks Joe Biden by tweeting parody touchy-feely video

In the doctored video, images of Biden pop up alongside the vice president, touching and nuzzling him. Trump added the caption: "WELCOME BACK JOE!"

Sears Mini-Stores | Home & Life Stores
Sears Mini-Stores | Home & Life Stores

Sears Mini-Stores to Sell Appliances, Mattresses While Amazon seems to always be expanding, Sears continues to shrink-and not just in terms of shuttered stores. The retailer announced Thursday t...

3.1 magnitude earthquake shakes San Fernando Valley
3.1 magnitude earthquake shakes San Fernando Valley

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Northridge area at 3:52 a.m., according to USGS‬.

Chief: Ride-share mistake led to death of SC college student
Chief: Ride-share mistake led to death of SC college student

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The man accused of killing a woman who got into his car thinking it was her Uber ride had activated the child locks in his backseat so the doors could only be opened from the outside, police in South Carolina say.

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Sanders: 'We Must Follow New Zealand's Lead' on Assault-Rifle Ban

Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Thursday praised New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern for immediately banning military-style semi-automatic weapons in response to the Christchurch mosque shootings, and suggested the executive action should serve as a blueprint for the U.S.> This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur> > -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019The ban, which applies to semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that can be equipped with detachable magazines capable of holding more than five...

Ethiopia crash captain did not train on airline
Ethiopia crash captain did not train on airline's MAX simulator: source

Captain Yared Getachew, 29, was due for refresher training at the end of March, his colleague told Reuters, two months after Ethiopian Airlines had received one of the first such simulators being distributed. The March 10 disaster, following another MAX 8 crash in Indonesia in October, has set off one of the biggest inquiries in aviation history, focused on the safety of a new automated system and whether crews understood it properly. The MAX, which came into service two years ago, has a new automated system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

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Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature makes new military offer

Members of the Venezuelan armed forces that abandon President Nicolas Maduro will keep their rank and be reinstated once a new government is in place, the opposition-controlled legislature said Tuesday. The announcement marked the latest offer from the National Assembly, headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, to try to convince more military personnel to switch sides. Guaido, recognized by more than 50 countries as acting president, launched a challenge to socialist Maduro's authority in January.

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