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American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight

September 5, 2019

By David Koenig Associated Press–An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations. According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted during an interview Thursday that he tampered with a navigation system on the plane so that he could collect overtime work….

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Apple employees among dead from California boat fire

September 4, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Two Apple employees including an engineer who went on the trip with his wife and daughter to celebrate the teen’s 17th birthday are among the victims of a fire that tore through a scuba diving boat off Southern California’s coast, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck. Authorities said Wednesday…

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Officials: Some deaths, 34 missing in California boat fire

September 2, 2019

Photo: Ventura County Fire Department LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have died and rescuers were searching for 34 more Monday morning after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the Southern California Coast. Capt. Brian McGrath of the Ventura County Fire Department confirmed some deaths to The Daily Beast but said he…

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The Black History Behind Labor Day

September 2, 2019

Photo: A. Philip Randolph during the August 28, 1963 March on Washington (Natioal Archives and Records, jfklibrary.org) Labor Day was founded after the Pullman Strike of 1894, when President Cleveland was hoping to gain political allyship by honoring railroad workers. However, the story about the involvement of the Black Pullman porters in the labor movement…

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Arkansas, home to supremacist groups, weighs hate crimes law

August 30, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Hutchinson says the state should have harsher penalties for people convicted of targeting others because of their race, ethnicity or religion, calling for the measure in the wake of two mass shootings that include one…

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s swerves on economy, guns and migrants

August 30, 2019

By Hope Yen and Josh Boak ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump can’t seem to get his facts straight when it comes to Barack Obama. From the economy to veterans and immigration, Trump routinely claims achievements of the former president as fully his own or distorts the truth to undermine the Democrat’s legacy. On…

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Apple apologizes for use of contractors to eavesdrop on Siri

August 28, 2019

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is apologizing for allowing outsiders to listen to snippets of people’s recorded conversations with its digital assistant Siri, a practice that undermined its attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of privacy. As part of the apology posted Wednesday, Apple reiterated an earlier pledge to stop…

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Book tries to show how US democracy hurt Native Americans

August 28, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new book by a noted historian attempts to show how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans in the early days of the nation and how tribes viewed the young United States as an entity seeking to erase them from existence. University of Oregon history professor Jeffrey Ostler’s just-released “Surviving Genocide:…

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Puerto Rico braces for rain, power outages as Dorian nears

August 27, 2019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jorge Ortiz, a 50-year-old construction worker, was taking no chances as Tropical Storm Dorian approached Puerto Rico on Tuesday and threatened to brush past the island’s southwest coast at near-hurricane strength. Wiping sweat from his brow, Ortiz climbed up a shaky ladder under the punishing morning sun and tied…

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Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs

August 25, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death, Wayne County prosecutors said. Cleveland owned…

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