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March 8, 2024

United-operated Boeing 737 MAX rolls off Houston runway, says FAA

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - A United Airlines-operated (UAL.O) Boeing 737 MAX rolled onto the grass and off the runway at George Bush Airport in Houston early on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA will investigate. The 160 passengers and six crew were not injured. They left the plane and were bused to the terminal, the FAA and United said. The plane had departed from Memphis.

United said it will move the aircraft from the taxiway as soon as it is able and will "work with the NTSB, FAA and Boeing to understand what happened."

This is the third incident this week involving a United Boeing airplane. Boeing and United shares were both down 1% on Friday.

Read more: https://whttps://www.reuters.com/world/us/united-operated-boeing-737-rolls-off-houston-runway-passengers-deplaned-says-faa-2024-03-08/

March 8, 2024

Strong winds blew a lake 2 miles north in Death Valley National Park


Powerful 40 mph winds from Feb. 29 to March 2 in Death Valley blew Lake Manly two miles north, according to the National Park Service. The lake spread out to cover more ground, but at a shallower depth.

The water slowly moved back to its original lakebed, but with the winds speeding up evaporation, Lake Manly was left shallower and muddier than before.

With the current conditions, the National Park Service could no longer allow boating on Lake Manly.

“It was amazing to see an entire lake migrate!” Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement Monday. "But now the water is drying up, leaving wide mudflats. People were walking a long way, sometimes dragging their boats. This leaves footprints and drag marks that will likely be visible for years."


March 8, 2024

Trump loses again: U.K. judge orders him to pay 6-figure amount for Russia, Russia, Russia

By Kevin Manahan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

After U.S. courts and jurors decided and ruled a close to a half-billion dollar blow to former President Donald Trump, a judge in the United Kingdom has ordered him to pay the six-figure legal costs of a company he sued over alleged claims of “perverted” sex acts and bribes to Russian officials.

A London judge, who threw out the case against Orbis Business Intelligence last month saying it was “bound to fail,” ordered Trump to pay legal fees of 300,000 pounds ($382,000), according to court documents released Thursday.

Orbis was founded by Christopher Steele, who once ran the Russia desk for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6.

Steele was paid by Democrats for research that included salacious allegations Russians could potentially use to blackmail Trump. The so-called Steele dossier assembled in 2016 created a political storm just before Trump’s inauguration with rumors and uncorroborated allegations that have since been largely discredited.


note: I didn't post this in LBN because the information was released yesterday.

March 8, 2024

Happy birthday to me!

March 7, 2024

Passenger video shows flames shoot out of United Airlines engine midflight

March 7, 2024, 11:35 AM EST
By Tom Costello, Marlene Lenthang and Jay Blackman

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Texas to Florida this week witnessed a terrifying sight midair: bright orange flames shooting out of the plane's engine, prompting an emergency landing.

Jarring video taken by passengers aboard Monday's United flight 1118 from Houston to Fort Myers shows a streak of flames spewing from what appears to be the left engine of the plane.

The flight's crew reported an “engine issue” around 6:55 p.m. CST Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said, about 20 minutes after takeoff, according to FlightAware data.

The plane — a Boeing 737-900 — safely returned to George H. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston around 7:20 p.m.


March 7, 2024

Trump makes another move to avoid paying E. Jean Carroll

Updated: Mar. 07, 2024, 2:32 p.m.|Published: Mar. 07, 2024, 2:08 p.m.

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Donald Trump’s lawyers said Tuesday that the ex-president deserves a new trial and a fresh chance to tell a jury why he berated writer E. Jean Carroll for her sex abuse claims against him after she revealed them five years ago.

And at the same time he’s adding to the size of his legal team.

“Trump is further beefing up his legal team in the E. Jean Carroll case with a second appellate lawyer, Will Scharf, who is also a candidate for Missouri AG. (Scharf moved to be admitted in SDNY for purposes of the case today.)” Lisa Rubin, a legal correspondent for MSNBC posted on X, formerly Twitter.

The lawyers made the assertion as they renewed challenges to the $83.3 million awarded to Carroll in January by a Manhattan jury.


March 7, 2024

N.J. school district will close before solar eclipse due to 'concern' about kids looking at the sun

By Tina Kelley | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Livingston schools will close early on April 8 to avoid any danger to students and families from the solar eclipse, according to a letter Superintendent Matthew J. Block sent home to families Wednesday.

The Essex County school district’s four schools will dismiss at noon or 12:45 p.m., hours before the eclipse, so students are not tempted to look directly at the sun without protective eyewear during their usual dismissal time, the superintendent said.

“Since the eclipse will occur during our regularly scheduled school dismissal times, many of our students would be outside and unsupervised during the eclipse,” Block wrote. “Unless children are properly supervised, they could be drawn to look at the eclipse, and would likely do so that day at dismissal. Without the proper equipment, this can cause damage to their eyes.”

The decision to close schools early got mixed reviews among some parents on social media.


Snow days, now eclipse days?

March 6, 2024

Doctors found tiny nanoplastics in people's arteries. Their presence was tied to a higher risk of heart disease.

NBC March 6, 2024, 5:40 PM EST

People with microplastics and nanoplastics in plaque lining a major blood vessel in their neck may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death, new research suggests.

The findings, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, are the first time scientists have linked these tiny plastic particles, the result of degraded plastic pollution, to cardiovascular disease.

Microplastics are defined as particles smaller than 5 millimeters, and nanoplastics are far smaller — so tiny that they can be seen only with specialized microscopes. In recent years, their ubiquity has become undeniable: They have been found in fresh snowfall in Antarctica and at the depths of the Marianas Trench, as well as in human blood; breast milk; urine; and placental, lung and liver tissue.

Dr. Raffaele Marfella — a cardiology researcher in the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli’s department of advanced medical and surgical sciences in Naples, Italy, and the lead author of the new study — said that he and his colleagues initiated the study to look for new risk factors for cardiovascular disease.


March 6, 2024

Liz Cheney announces her latest plan to keep Trump out of White House

Source: NJ.com

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Liz Cheney, a former Republican leader in the House of Representatives before she was booted from office by GOP voters for leading the investigation into former President Trump, has vowed to do everything possible to keep Trump from returning to the presidency.

On Wednesday, after Trump’s GOP rival, Nikki Haley, withdrew from the Republican presidential primary, Cheney announced her latest effort: a Political Action Committee aimed at helping President Biden get re-elected.

“The GOP has chosen,” Cheney tweeted. “They will nominate a man who attempted to overturn an election and seize power. We have eight months to save our republic and ensure Donald Trump is never anywhere near the Oval Office again. Join me in the fight for our nation’s freedom.”

The PAC is named “The Great Task,” after a speech given by Abraham Lincoln.

Read more: https://www.nj.com/news/2024/03/liz-cheney-announces-her-latest-effort-to-keep-trump-out-of-white-house.html

February 29, 2024

Congress strikes deal to avert a partial government shutdown -- for now

Source: NBC

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan negotiators announced Wednesday they have struck a deal to avert a partial government shutdown this week, securing agreement on half of the dozen must-pass spending bills and extending a pair of fast-approaching funding deadlines deeper into March to buy Congress more time.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement with appropriators, members charged with crafting spending bills, that they have a deal on six bills that fund several federal agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Justice, Transportation and Veterans Affairs. And they've agreed to vote on a short-term bill to avoid a partial government shutdown this weekend, buying more time to pass the funding deal.

“We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government," the leaders said in the statement.

"After preparing final text, this package of six full year Appropriations bills will be voted on and enacted prior to March 8," Johnson, Schumer and the appropriators added. “The remaining six Appropriations bills — Defense, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS, Legislative Branch, and State and Foreign Operations — will be finalized, voted on, and enacted prior to March 22."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/government-shutdown-house-returns-likely-short-term-bill-rcna140894

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