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FAA Chief Has No Timetable for Boeing 737 MAX Approval

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday he does not have a specific timetable to approve Boeing Co’s 737 MAX for flight after two fatal crashes since October prompted the plane to be grounded worldwide.

The FAA is meeting with more than 30 international air regulators including China, the European Union, Brazil and Canada on Thursday to discuss a software fix and new pilot training that Boeing has been developing to ensure the jets are safe to fly.

“It’s a constant give and take until it is exactly right,” Deputy FAA Administrator Dan Elwell told reporters of the …read more

Study: Children of Opioid Users More Likely to Attempt Suicide

The U.S. opioid crisis is taking a toll on children of users as a study published on Wednesday showed they were more likely to attempt suicide.

The study in JAMA Psychiatry published by the American Medical Association found children whose parents were prescribed opioids were twice as likely to attempt suicide as the offspring of people who did not use those drugs.

The latest study from researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh is the first research attempting to tie rising suicides among U.S. children to the opioid crisis.

“I think that it’s obvious in many ways; it’s just …read more

‘The Power’ Loss: TV Show Protests Georgia Abortion Law by Leaving US State

“The Power,” an upcoming TV series produced by online retail and entertainment giant Amazon, will no longer film in Georgia, following the state’s near ban on abortion that was signed into law earlier this month, director Reed Morano said.

Morano, who won an Emmy Award for her work directing “The Handmaid’s Tale” — a TV show set in a dystopian world where women’s bodies are under strict male control – is now directing a series in which women are the dominant gender.

“It felt wrong for us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that …read more

US Acknowledges Death of Migrant Girl 

U.S. officials acknowledged Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in U.S. custody last year.

The previously unreported case is the sixth death of a child in custody in the past year.

Mark Weber, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the girl died Sept. 29, 2018, at an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital of fever and respiratory distress.

He said U.S. officials had been caring for the unnamed child since March because she was “medically fragile,” with a history of congenital heart defects.

Border arrivals increasing

HHS routinely provides care to children the government considers unaccompanied. Weber did not …read more

Treasury Drops Plans for Tubman $20 Bill

The U.S. Treasury is giving up plans to introduce a new $20 bill with the picture of escaped slave turned abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The redesigned bill was to have entered circulation next year, but now will be put off until 2028. It is also unclear whether Tubman will still be on the new bill when it is finally rolled out.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave no clear reasons for the postponement Wednesday other than saying the bill was to have been redesigned “for counterfeiting issues.”

He said the “imagery feature” (who will appear on the bill) will not be a matter until long …read more