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FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashes

FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 certification

The FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to a worldwide grounding of the vaunted planes amid scrutiny of U.S. certification standards.

A person familiar with the inquiry told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the FBI is assisting federal transportation authorities in their investigation into the jet's certification process, which has come under criticism for possible cozy relationships between Boeing and FAA inspectors.



Catholic Church scandal: 395 Illinois priests, deacons accused of sexual misconduct

395 clergy accused of sexual misconduct in IllinoisNearly 400 Catholic clergy members in Illinois have been accused of sexual misconduct, but church officials have only informed congregants of a fraction of those who have faced allegations, according to attorneys who represented clergy sex abuse victims across the USA.

A 182-page report, published Wednesday by the Minnesota-based law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, includes the names, background information, photos and assignment histories of each accused clergy member.

“The danger of sexual abuse in Illinois is clearly a problem of today, not just the past,” the report concludes. “This will continue to be a danger until the identities and histories of sexually abusive clerics, religious employees and seminarians are made public.”


Deer Park plant fire may have been sparked by overheated storage tank, worker says

Deer Park fire continues

A worker who said he was at the International Terminals Co. when the fire first broke out Sunday said he first noticed smoke rising up from one of the chemical storage tanks.

He left the terminal within a half-hour and by then, "It was roaring up."

The man, who asked not to be identified for fear of repercussions, said speculation among the workers is that the tank may have overheated. Tanks overheat from time to time, he said, but normally have a safety mechanism that can shut them off.

For whatever reason, that safety mechanism may not have been enough to prevent the fire, he said.

"Everyone thinks a tank overheated," he said.


Chao asks inspector general to review FAA’s approval of 737 MAX

Chao aks for reviewe of FAA passing Booeing 737 Max 8

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked the DOT's inspector general to examine the process the FAA used to certify the Boeing 737 MAX as safe to fly before two of the planes went down in fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the department said Tuesday.

Chao’s request, in a memo to the inspector general dated Tuesday, asks the inspector’s office to include the certification process in any audit it conducts into the 737 MAX.

Chao's referral memo said the audit will help to “compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft.“ It notes that Boeing requested an amended type certification for this aircraft in January 2012, which FAA issued in March 2017.


Deutsche Bank and Trump: $2 Billion in Loans and a Wary Board

Trump borrowed $2B from Deutche Bank after multiple defaults

For nearly two decades, Donald J. Trump relied on Deutsche Bank to lend to him when other banks wouldn’t. Deutsche Bank, eager to expand in the United States, made a decision to repeatedly take a risk on him.

Much has been written about their relationship, which is now under investigation on Capitol Hill and by the New York attorney general. Here are some of the new revelations from The New York Times’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank.

From the outset, Deutsche Bank executives recognized that Mr. Trump was a risky client — that’s why most other banks considered him off-limits. But the bank soon got an up-close view of its client’s problems.



West Virginia AG alleges Catholic bishop knowingly hired pedophiles

W. Virginia AG sues Catholic DioceseWest Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Wednesday sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Michael Bransfield, charging that they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for people working in Catholic schools and camps, a Morrisey press release says.

The lawsuit, the latest dramatic civil action against the American church in the past year, alleges violations of the state’s consumer protection laws. It accuses the diocese of advertising safe environments for children while at the same time, the complaint says, choosing “to cover up and conceal arguably criminal behavior of child sexual abuse.”


Nebraska underwater: 74 cities, 65 counties declare emergencies as flooding envelops state

74 cities declare emergencies in midwest floods

Seventy-four cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas in Nebraska declared states of emergency Tuesday as swaths of the Midwest battled rivers swollen by days of heavy rains and spring snowmelt.

Three deaths have been blamed on the flooding in Nebraska, but the waters were raging in more than a dozen states. More than 8 million people in 14 states live where a flood warning has been in effect in recent days, the National Weather Service said.

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to survey damage in the region Tuesday with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.


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