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Indonesia province shuts schools as haze from fires returns

Oct. 14, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Thick, noxious haze from new deliberately set fires blanketed parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday after days of improving air quality, causing school closings and flight delays. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said nearly 1,200 fires were...

FBI says no charge for woman who boards plane without ticket

Oct. 12, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — FBI officials say they will not file criminal charges against a woman who boarded a flight at a Florida airport without a ticket and was removed. Delta Airlines has said Sylvia Rictor boarded one of its planes at a Florida airport without a ticket last weekend and was removed, delaying...

Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan

Oct. 12, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare after...

United Airlines extends schedule without grounded Boeing Max

Oct. 11, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is the third and final U.S. airline to give up plans to return a grounded Boeing plane to service this year. United said Friday it will keep its Boeing 737 Max jets out of its schedule until Jan. 6, about three weeks longer than previously planned. Without the planes, United...

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

Oct. 11, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk places before it's too dangerous. Rugby World Cup...

Super typhoon on track to drench Japan's main island

Oct. 10, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is bracing for a super typhoon on track to hit central and eastern regions over the three-day weekend, with sport events and domestic flights canceled and sandbags given away to minimize potential damage from torrential rains and strong winds. Typhoon Hagibis has already caused...

Alitalia pilot strike grounds 35% of flights

Oct. 9, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian airline Alitalia has cancelled nearly 200 flights due to a 24-hour pilots strike. The strike Wednesday comes amid uncertainty over the struggling airline's future ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline for the presentation of a binding takeover offer from a consortium of investors. Alitalia...

Southwest pilots' union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

Oct. 7, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots is suing Boeing, saying its pilots are losing money because the company rushed an unsafe plane into service only to have the 737 Max grounded after two deadly crashes. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said in the lawsuit filed Monday...

Delta: Woman without ticket boards plane at Florida airport

Oct. 6, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Delta Airlines says a woman was able to board one of its planes at a Florida airport without a ticket and was removed, delaying the flight. The airline apologized in a statement Sunday for the three-hour delay on its Orlando-Atlanta flight. The woman was taken off the plane, and...

Southwest pilots see February or March return of Boeing Max

Sep. 30, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Pilot-union leaders at Southwest Airlines say it could be February or March before their airline resumes flights using the Boeing 737 Max. That's much later than projected by either Southwest or Boeing. Union officials said Monday that the grounded plane's return will take longer for...