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International Panel of Experts Will Condemn FAA Over 737 Max Approval: Report

Experts to condemn FAA approval of 737 MAX approvalA panel of international air-safety experts is set to condemn the U.S. approval process for Boeing’s 737 MAX jets, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The task force is finishing its report into how the flawed jets were allowed to fly in the first place, and it’s expected to call out the Federal Aviation Administration for what it reportedly describes as a lack of clarity and transparency in the way it allowed Boeing to assess the safety of certain flight-control features. It will reportedly conclude that essential design changes didn’t get enough attention from the FAA.

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Award-winning journalist and trailblazing political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Cokie Roberts dies at 75

Veteran journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts died Tuesday at age 75, according to ABC News.

"Our dear friend and colleague Cokie Roberts passed away this morning in Washington, surrounded by her family and closest friends," ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement.

"She will be dearly missed. Cokie’s kindness, generosity, sharp intellect and thoughtful take on the big issues of the day made ABC a better place and all of us better journalists," Goldston said.

Roberts died of complications from breast cancer, according to a statement from her family.

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Ric Ocasek’s Death Generates Outpouring Of Tributes, Remembrances

Ric Ocasek death gets outporing

Music heavyweights of The Cars’ era and others took to Twitter Sunday to remember Ric Ocasek, the frontman of the new wave band who died at age 75.

“She Blinded Me With Science” singer Thomas Dolby called Ocasek “a very cool cat.” Kathy Valentine of the Go-Gos praised his “impeccable popular music instincts.”

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As talks falter, UAW calls first national strike against GM since 2007

UAW strikes GMThe United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Sunday that its roughly 48,000 hourly workers at General Motors Co facilities would go on strike as of midnight Sunday after U.S. labor contract talks reached an impasse, the first nationwide strike at GM in 12 years.

“We do not take this lightly,” Terry Dittes, the UAW vice president in charge of the union’s relationship with GM, said at a press conference in downtown Detroit. “This is our last resort.”

GM said in a statement that its offer to the UAW during talks included more than $7 billion in new investments, 5,400 jobs - a majority of which would be new - pay increases, improved benefits and a contract ratification bonus of $8,000.

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Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison for college bribery scandal

Fekicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prisonThe actor Felicity Huffman was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores in the college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy and well-connected parents.

Huffman, 56, who has starred in TV hits including Desperate Housewives, Get Shorty and Frasier, became the first of 34 parents to be sentenced. She was also given a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.

In a statement, she said she accepted her sentence “without reservation” and said: “There no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”

She also apologized to her family and “the educational community”, said she looked forward to completing her community service and asked for forgiveness.

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Bankrupt California utility blamed for deadly wildfires agrees to $11bn payout

California utility company to pay $11B for fires

A utility company with a history of sparking wildfires has agreed to pay $11bn to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

The tentative agreement includes insurance claims from the town of Paradise, where 86 died last November, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said in a statement Friday.

The agreement comes after the utility filed for bankruptcy protection in January because it could not afford the estimated $30bn in potential wildfire liabilities.

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Forever 21 reportedly set to close 'at least' 100 stores in bankruptcy

Forever 21

Forever 21 reportedly could close more than 100 stores in bankruptcy as the fashion retailer grapples with expensive leases and declining mall traffic.

The company is planning to shut down "at least" 100 locations as part of its restructuring plan, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The retailer did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

With more than 800 stores, Forever 21 is one of the largest specialty apparel retailers in the country. The family-owned company's stores average 38,000 square feet, making it smaller than the average department store but larger than many of its apparel competitors.

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