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One Dead, 15 Injured In North Carolina Gas Explosion

Police in North Carolina said that a gas explosion partially collapsed a North Carolina building and set it ablaze on Wednesday morning, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen. Durham Police Department public affairs manager Wil Glenn said a contractor boring under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch gas line, triggering the explosion. One person was killed and 15 people were taken to area hospitals, Glenn said at a news conference. One firefighter was seriously injured, he also said.. ...Read Full Story

Fleetwood Mac Postpone Dates Due To Stevie Nicks Illness

Fleetwood Mac have postponed the final dates of a North American tour as Stevie Nicks recovers from the flu. Fleetwood Mac’s April 2 show in Boston, MA and April 3 appearance in Philadelphia, PA were cancelled on short notice last week and, now, The Toronto Star reports the group’s remaining four Canadian concerts – including Monday night’s show in Toronto – have also been put on hold.. ...Read Full Story

N.Y. Democratic Lawmakers Prepare Bill To Obtain President Trump’s Tax Returns

On Monday, New York legislators introduced a bill that would amend the state law to permit the N.Y. Department of Taxation and Finance commissioner to release any state tax return of President Donald Trump’s that has been requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation for any “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.”  . ...Read Full Story

Pilots Of Boeing 737 MAX Followed Correct Procedures Before Crash

Officials said on Thursday that the pilots of a Boeing 737 MAX jet followed the procedures for stopping a new anti-stall system, but they still couldn’t prevent last month’s crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet which killed 157 people. It was the second recent fatal crash of a 737 MAX. Ethiopia’s Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said “the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.” Ethiopian Airlines also said in a statement on Twitter Thursday that the pilots were in “full compliance with the emergency procedures.”. ...Read Full Story

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race

On Thursday, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio announced a presidential bid as he joined a diverse group of Democrats looking to take on President Trump in 2020. In his first television interview as a candidate, Ryan said during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” that he was a “progressive who knows how to talk to working-class people” and said he could win back Rust Belt states lost to President Trump in the 2016 election.. ...Read Full Story

Technical Glitch Causes Flight Delays For At Least Five U.S. Airlines

Early on Monday, several U.S. airlines experienced system outages due to a technical glitch in a shared computer program, authorities said. The Aerodata program — which monitors balance and weight of flights — crashed for a short time. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said several carriers were affected by the outage, including American, Delta, United, Southwest and Alaska Air. Dallas-based Southwest issued a ground stop order for a short time.. ...Read Full Story

Department Of Housing And Urban Development Charges Facebook With Racial Discrimination Through Targeted Ads

On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook with allegedly encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination through its targeted advertising practices.  HUD said that Facebook is violating the Fair Housing Act – federal legislation that prohibits discrimination against people seeking to buy or rent a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.. ...Read Full Story

House Fails To Override Veto On President’s National Emergency Declaration For Border Wall

The House of Representatives failed to garner enough votes to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the resolution crafted to terminate his national emergency declaration to divert military funds and build a wall along the United States border with Mexico. Since Congress could not override Trump’s veto from earlier this month, which now means the national emergency declaration will go on as the White House has planned.. ...Read Full Story