Southwest: inspections show no flaws in fan blades

By Ashley Halsey III | Washington Post Southwest Airlines has completed the federally mandated inspection of 35,000 engine fan blades like the one that disintegrated in a fatal accident last month without finding additional flaws, but Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said Wednesday that “a handful” of blades had been sent to the manufacturer for further examination. Southwest said the blades were sent to engine maker General Electric out of “an abundance of caution” because of “coating anomalies” on the blades, and not because they showed any sign of metal fatigue. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning… Read More

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Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says

Courtesy of NASA Earth ObservatoryThe Aral Sea in 2015. The body of water has shrunken in size dramatically in recent years due to water withdrawals from rivers that feed it. A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies. The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater and simple natural changes, could have profound consequences if they continue, pointing to a situation in which some highly populous regions could struggle to find enough water in the future. “To me,… Read More

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US spends less per child than most developed nations

By Jeff Stein | Washington Post The federal government now spends less than it did about 30 years ago on some of the country’s poorest children, the result of cuts to federal welfare programs, according to a new research paper. In 1990, the government spent about $8,700 on every child whose family took in no income from work. By 2015, accounting for inflation, it spent less than $7,000 on children from these impoverished families, the paper calculates. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. Much of the drop was driven by cuts to direct… Read More

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US spends less per child than most developed nations

By Jeff Stein | Washington Post The federal government now spends less than it did about 30 years ago on some of the country’s poorest children, the result of cuts to federal welfare programs, according to a new research paper. In 1990, the government spent about $8,700 on every child whose family took in no income from work. By 2015, accounting for inflation, it spent less than $7,000 on children from these impoverished families, the paper calculates. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. Much of the drop was driven by cuts to direct… Read More

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4 shot dead in attack on Indonesia police; officer killed

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Wednesday shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into Riau province’s police headquarters. He said a fifth man, who drove the vehicle, was arrested trying to escape. One officer, who was hit by the minivan, died and two were injured. “When the car broke through into the Riau police headquarters, it was blocked by policemen,” Wasisto told a televised news conference. “Then four of the men got out from… Read More

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Woman’s going-away gift for colleague: Laxative-laced brownies

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan engineering company employee has been fired after police determined she baked laxatives into brownies intended for a departing colleague’s send-off. Saline police Chief Jerrod Hart says officers confiscated the tainted confections May 3 after another employee tipped off management. No one ate the brownies. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The Ann Arbor News reports that Hart says the 47-year-old woman initially denied putting laxatives in the brownies, but after learning investigators would test them she admitted she had. Her name hasn’t been released. Other employees told… Read More

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