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NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

Nov. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late...

Leader of pilots’ union blasts Boeing over grounded plane

Nov. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The union president of Southwest Airlines pilots worries that Boeing may be rushing the 737 Max back into service, and he says Southwest should consider buying planes from another company. The union president, Jon Weaks, says Boeing may be raising the threat of shutting down the Max assembly...

Hong Kong police say protesters out of control, deny curfew

Nov. 14, 2019 11:28 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police warned protesters Thursday that they were moving “one step closer to terrorism” by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. China’s leader said ending the violence and restoring order are Hong...

Sizing up the 2019 holiday shopping season for retailers

Nov. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With two weeks until the official start of the holiday shopping season, the nation’s retailers are gearing up for what should be another brutally competitive shopping period. The good news? Many retail CEOs say the U.S. consumer is financially healthy given the economy remains strong...

Santa Claus back at work in Germany answering Christmas mail

Nov. 14, 2019 8:12 AM EST

HIMMELPFORT, Germany (AP) — Santa Claus is at it again, answering thousands of Christmas letters from children around the world at a special post office in the northern German town of Himmelpfort. As part of the annual event organized by Germany’s Deutsche Post, Santa and 20 helpers last year...

Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In May, after pulling out of a Chinese shipyard for repairs, a giant oil tanker set out on a perilous journey. Dialing in “Caribbean” on a mandatory tracking system, the captain of the Liberia-flagged vessel headed west. Then, weeks later, as it neared Venezuelan waters, the VL...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Flying this Thanksgiving? Expect record crowds at airports

Nov. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EST

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers and airline crew members between Nov. 22...

Truckers file 1st suit contesting California gig economy law

Nov. 12, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Trucking Association on Tuesday filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft....

NTSB: Oversight could have prevented Miami bridge collapse

Nov. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami university bridge that collapsed and killed six people while under construction had basic flaws that should have been caught before it was built, federal officials said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board also faulted the firms involved in the project and Florida...