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    The world's first ukulele lesson at 30,000 feet took place last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu.  Sadly, the class was not warmly welcomed on social media with one user even suggesting that a war crimes trial would be suitable for whomever okayed the idea of handing out free ukuleles to passengers.  The project was a collaboration between Southwest and instrument retailer Guitar Center. The organizers called it the 'first ever in-flight ukulele lesson.' The passengers were taught to play 'Hello, Aloha. How are you?' in its entirety.  The flight time between Long Beach and Honolulu is five hours and 50 minutes. There 175 passengers on board for the lesson.  The idea of being on the flight was enough to create a firestorm on Twitter. The Atlantic's Tom Nichols tweeted: 'I am a big fan of Southwest, but this might have made me homicidal.' Passengers were given free ukuleles last Friday on a Southwest Airlines flight from Long Beach to Honolulu This is one of the many viral responses  that the promotion received  In a press...
    (CNN)Nearly 10 million people across Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas are under flood watches Saturday, including Phoenix, Albuquerque and El Paso. "The stage is set for southern Arizona and New Mexico to potentially receive prolific rainfall and widespread flash flooding today," as a low-pressure system brings moist, tropical air to the Southwest in the form of heavy rain and thunderstorms to add to the already active monsoon season across the region, the Weather Prediction Center said early Saturday morning. Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 3 inches, with locally higher totals of 5 to 7 inches, are forecast across the region -- leading the WPC to issue a level 3 out of 4 "moderate" risk for excessive rainfall ahead of the wet forecast. That could mean widespread flash flooding across the Southwest. Read MoreSee if rain is expected where you live right here >>>"Urban locations in addition to areas of complex terrain, slot canyons, arroyos, and burn scars are especially vulnerable for flash flooding and can quickly turn into very dangerous situations," the WPC added. The plume of moisture...
    (CNN)An extraordinary drought in the West is drying up the Colorado River and draining the nation's largest reservoirs -- Lake Mead and Lake Powell. And amid the overuse of the river and the aridification of the region, the federal government is preparing to make mandatory water cuts and asking states to devise a plan to save the river basin.Two major announcements could come Tuesday. The first is a forecast from the US Bureau of Reclamation that could trigger the first-ever Tier 2 water shortage for the Lower Colorado River Basin. The second is the bureau's next step in its a demand that the seven states in the river basin come up with a way to voluntarily cut up to 25% of their water usage, or the federal government will do it for them.The Wests megadroughtOfficials reveal new details about the 3 sets of human remains found at Lake Mead Experts say the term 'drought' may be insufficient to capture what is happening in the West Drought-stricken Lake Mead recedes to reveal a World War II-era landing craft 'Something's gotta give.'...
    Air travel chaos returns to the U.S. as more than 1,200 flights were canceled on Thursday and 452 more were called off for Friday, with Southwest Airlines leading the pack after delaying 40 percent of its trips.  According to Flightaware, which tracks the status of flights around the world, 1,207 flights within, into or out of the US were called off on Thursday, with 7,648 flights delayed.  Southwest Airlines had the most flights affected, with 356 canceled and 1,734 delayed, after a computer glitch in Phoenix caused the airline to lose connectivity. As of early Friday, the airline has canceled 49 additional flights and delayed 11, and more than 1,200 flights are scheduled to be delayed across the US.  Fears of another Airmageddon in the US were stoked on Thursday as more than 1,200 flights were canceled and 7,648 delayed Southwest Airlines had the most flights affected, with 356 canceled and 1,734 delayed, after a computer glitch in Phoenix caused the airline to lose connectivity. Pictured: Crowds waiting for news about their Southwest flights in Las Vegas According to Flightaware, which tracks...
    (CNN)As Democrats scramble to clinch a deal on their tax and climate package, a last-minute demand is coming from key vote Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona: $5 billion to help the Southwest deal with its multi-year drought.Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, confirmed to CNN that Sinema is seeking $5 billion worth of drought resilience funding. Sen. Alex Padilla, a California Democrat, said he's "aware of the request." Sinema raises concerns about proposed tax in Democrats bill as lobbying intensifies for her vote"I'm looking forward to details, I do welcome the additional resources for drought resilience," Padilla told CNN. A senior Democratic source told CNN they believe Democratic leaders will accommodate Sinema's concerns, as well as her request to drop a $14 billion carried interest tax provision from the bill.Sinema's office did not respond to CNN's questions about the drought request. Read MoreMore funding for drought resilience was also written into the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Biden signed in November and Sinema played a key role in crafting. The bipartisan bill included $8.3 billion for water infrastructure programs and...
    VIDEO1:1001:10Dow set to fall at open following big Fed rallyMorning Report Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket: Spirit Airlines (SAVE) – Spirit shares rose 3.9% in premarket trading after it agreed to be acquired by JetBlue (JBLU) for $33.50 per share in cash. That follows yesterday's rejection by shareholders of Spirit's previous deal to merge with Frontier Airlines parent Frontier Group (ULCC). Frontier shares added 1.2% while JetBlue stock was little changed. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – The tool maker's stock slumped 12.3% in the premarket after quarterly results missed analysts' estimates on the top and bottom lines, and the company slashed its full-year forecast. Stanley Black & Decker said the softening of demand accelerated during the last part of the quarter, although it does expect demand to normalize. Solar stocks – Shares of solar companies popped in the premarket after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin agreed to support a bill that would grant a variety of clean energy incentives. Sunrun (RUN) surged 11.2%, Sunnova (NOVA) rallied 12.9%, First Solar (FSLR) jumped 9.9% and...
    A Florida family has filed a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines, claiming that their disabled daughter's life drastically changed when she was ejected from a wheelchair while boarding a flight, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down.  Gabrielle Assouline, 25, was boarding a Southwest flight at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 25, traveling to Denver to visit her sister when she suffered the life-altering injuries.  Assouline, who at the age of 12, was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that made it difficult to walk long distances but otherwise allowed her to be highly functional, was using an electronic wheelchair to board the flight.  According to the lawsuit filed in March, Assouline was suddenly ejected from the wheelchair while going down the jet bridge. The fall caused her to suffer a catastrophic spinal cord injury, the family attorney says. Gabrielle 'Gabby' Assouline, 25, suffered a spinal cord injured and was left paralyzed after being ejected from a wheelchair while boarding a Southwest flight on February 25 in Florida RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Peloton issues safety...
    (CNN)An extremely critical, highest-level fire risk has been issued Monday near the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire, as powerful winds, combined with exceptional drought conditions, threaten to fuel the largest wildfire now burning in the United States.Places facing a Level 3 of 3 fire risk include northeast New Mexico, southeast Colorado and western portions of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. On top of red flag warnings for dangerous fire conditions, much of the region is also under high wind warnings, with winds of 30 to 40 mph expected Monday, along with gusts between 50 and 60 mph.Get ahead of the weather: Sign up for weekly email updates from CNN meteorologists"The main concern today is going to be the wind," Chuck Jones, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. "Those winds are going to be strong to potentially damaging in some places," Jones said, adding winds could gust up to 70 mph a few times Monday, including in and near the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak wildfire -- the nation's largest -- which...
    (CNN)Drought conditions worsened in much of the Southwest over the past week, according to the latest update from the US Drought Monitor, deepening the region's water crisis and fueling record-setting wildfires across multiple states.More than 98% of the Southwest is in drought this week, according to the monitor, which noted that reservoir storage levels were below-normal in all Western states except for Washington. The Wests megadroughtWhy the Great American Lawn is terrible for the West's water crisis Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West's megadrought: Water or electricity Lake Mead plummets to unfathomable low, exposing original 1971 water intake valve Experts say the term 'drought' may be insufficient to capture what is happening in the West The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water for 40 million people. As its supply dwindles, a crisis looms.In California, which is entirely in drought conditions, two of the state's largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville — are at "critically low levels," according to the monitor. The state depends on wintertime precipitation to build up...
    (CNN)May and June mark the peak of tornadic weather in the US. It is also the peak of wildfire season in the Southwest. And it's all connected. Storm systems deliver moisture and instability in the Plains to create tornado-producing storms, and at the same time provide dry air and gusty winds into the Southwest, creating critical fire conditions. It's unclear exactly what will happen in the next two months, but it doesn't look good based on current trends. It has been one of the more active springs the US has seen in terms of severe storms compared to the past several years, Bill Bunting, Chief of Forecast Operations at the Storm Prediction Center, told me this morning. Read MoreAnd in terms of wildfire activity, April had some of the worst consistent fire weather conditions seen in New Mexico since 2011. Nearly every day this week, we will see severe storms in some areas and critical fire danger in others, a pattern expected to continue through May and even well into June. "Most of the Southwest is forecast to have above-normal...
    (CNN)A strong storm system moving Friday through the Rockies and Plains will whip up winds, raising worries of more fires in the Southwest and tornadoes on the Great Plains.With the West in the grips of one of the worst droughts in decades, the fire season has not only started early, but has been setting records. Since January, over a million acres have burned, well above the year-to-date average of around 632,000 acres. New Mexico has been especially hit hard with 5 large fires currently burning and the next couple of days provide no change in the forecast. Lake Mead plummets to unprecedented low, exposing original 1971 water intake valveNew Mexico has already reached its annual fire activity and it's only April. "Our season started earlier than in the past," says Andrew Church, a National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist with the Albuquerque office.Read More"Because of climate change and the mega-drought across the western US, there's just no moisture in the soil anymore," he goes on to say.This lack of soil moisture, high temperatures and strong winds are main factors that...
    (CNN)Fierce winds across drought-stricken areas will bring the highest fire danger Friday to the Southwest and High Plains, while the same system triggers severe storms with possible isolated tornadoes in the central and southern Plains and a snowstorm across the northern Rockies and northern Plains. Critical wildfire conditions this week as fast-paced fire season continuesAn outbreak of dangerous fire weather conditions is expected in parts of central and eastern New Mexico into eastern Colorado, according to the Storm Prediction Center, with a Level 3 of 3 "extremely critical" fire threat issued for the region.Friday's expected weather could rival the most powerful fire events of the past decade, Zach Hiris, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Boulder, Colorado, office told CNN."The volatile combination of very strong/gusty winds, anomalously warm/dry conditions, and near-record dry fuels will encourage extreme fire-weather conditions," the prediction center said.Compared to recent extremely critical, wind-driven fire dangers in rural areas, some major population centers are threatened in this event, including Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area in Colorado.Read More "There...
    SOUTHWEST and Delta pilots are warning that the number one risk to plane safety is on the rise. The issue has repeatedly been reported to the federal Aviation Safety Reporting System. 1Pilots are reporting a major safety risk is on the rise “Fatigue, both acute and cumulative, has become Southwest Airlines’ number-one safety threat,” the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association wrote in a letter to airline executives this week. Cancellations and delays due to severe weather are cited as contributing factors to fatigue, according to pilots. Demand is also an issue, with many airlines still rebounding from Covid and millions more people traveling. New data from the Transportation Security Administration shows passenger numbers sitting around 90 percent of 2019 levels. READ MORE AIRLINE STORIESJUST PLANE RUDE I had $3,000 worth of luggage stolen – I'm enraged by my airline's reactionDON'T SWEAT IT I'm a flight attendant - we face 'immediate dismissal' under bizarre rules However, US airlines don't have the same number of employees they did back then. In fact, they have about 3,000 fewer employees, according to data from the...
    Spring Breakers faced travel misery when they were left stranded for hours over the weekend as thousands of flights were canceled in the U.S. - some due to bad weather while some Southwest flights were grounded because of tech issues.  More than 3,500 U.S. flights were canceled this weekend, according to FlightAware, a website that tracks flights.  The site noted major disruptions at several Florida airports - where spring breakers have been fleeing to for weeks, including in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando, as well as Baltimore, New York and other airports around the country.  JetBlue, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, Spirit and American Airlines were most affected, according to FlightAware, with JetBlue and Spirit canceling one-third of Sunday's scheduled flights.  Local news reported storms in Florida on Saturday. Several airlines said Sunday that operations are returning to normal. Travelers waited hours in line to rebook after more than 3,500 U.S. flights were canceled this weekend, according to FlightAware Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights were delayed and canceled throughout the weekend The airline cited 'intermittent performance issues following routine...
    (CNN)Two survivors of a crash that killed nine people in West Texas remain hospitalized and a dozen federal investigators are headed to the scene to look for answers as to what caused the fiery head-on collision Tuesday evening.According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Dodge 2500 pickup drove into the approaching lane of a highway just outside Andrews, Texas, and hit a Ford Transit van carrying members of the golf teams from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico."For unknown reasons, the Dodge pickup drove into the northbound lane and struck the Ford passenger van head on," DPS Sgt. Steven Blanco said.Six students and a coach in the van were killed as were the driver of the pickup and a 13-year-old passenger. Two other golfers were in critical condition at University Medical Center of Lubbock, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a 12-member team to investigate. Spokesman Eric Weiss said Wednesday a fire consumed both vehicles after the "high-energy," head-on collision.Read MoreEmergency responders heading to the crash were...
    ANDREWS, Texas (AP) — Authorities say 9 dead, including 6 University of the Southwest students and golf coach, in head-on collision in Texas. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Several people have been killed after a bus carrying University of the Southwest men and women's golf teams was involved in a head-on crash with a truck in Texas. It was not immediately clear how many people were killed, but the university's president confirmed the team's coach was among the fatalities, as well as several students. He said two students survived and were airlifted to hospital. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the bus could carry up to 17 people, but due to the nature of the crash the number of fatalities was not yet known. The department said the bus carrying the New Mexico university's teams collided head on with a Ford F-150 head-on, causing fatalities in both of the vehicles - which also burst into flames. Department Sgt. Steven Blanco said the crash occurred at around 8:17 p.m. about nine miles from the city of Andrews, found northwest of Midland-Odessa. 'Both suffered extremely heavy damage,' Blanco told NBC affiliate KWES of Midland. 'It's a very tragic scene,' Blanco added. 'It's very, very tragic.' Several people have been killed after...
    The CEOs of two of America's biggest airlines said on Wednesday they do not think masks should be required on planes any longer - even as new cases of the Omicron variant spread across the nation. At a Senate hearing about the financial support airlines received in 2020 and 2021, Sen. Roger Wicker, the ranking Republican on the Senate committee, asked American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly their thoughts on the federal government's mask mandate for flying. 'I think the case is very strong that masks don't add very much, if anything, in the air cabin environment,' Kelly said. 'It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.' Both he and Parker pointed out that airlines improved airflow on board their planes in the wake of the pandemic, noting that high-grade HEPA air filters on planes capture almost all airborne contamination and the cabin air is often exchanged with fresh air from outside. 'I concur,' said Parker, according to CNN. 'An aircraft is the safest place you can be. 'It's true of...
    In this article GME LCID AAL BA CVS People walk by a CVS Pharmacy store in the Manhattan borough of New York City.Shannon Stapleton | ReutersCheck out the companies making headlines in midday trading. CVS — Shares of the drugstore chain jumped 3.8% to hit a 52-week high after the company said sales will accelerate in the year ahead. CVS will launch new health-care services and combine its drugstores and insurance businesses. Hormel Foods — Shares of Hormel rose 5.7% after the food producer beat quarterly earnings estimates. The company posted a quarterly profit of 51 cents per share, one cent above the Refinitiv consensus projection. Revenue also topped Wall Street expectations. RH – The home-furnishings retailer RH soared jumped 9.6% after it reported blowout earnings and revenue that beat forecasts. The company also lifted the low end of its revenue outlook. Guggenheim also reiterated the stock as a best idea saying the "catalyst path remains intact." Rent the Runway — Shares of the fashion rental platform fell 3.5% in midday trading after reporting widening third-quarter losses, despite sales that shot up...
    At the age of 10, Tesha Christensen launched her journalistic career when her letter to the editor was published in her hometown paper. Now, more than 40 years later, Christensen has parlayed a life-long interest in community journalism into a successful business venture. The publisher of two community papers, Minneapolis’s Messenger and St. Paul’s Monitor, Christensen recently started a third paper, the Southwest Connector, to cover the South Minneapolis neighborhoods that had been served by the now defunct Southwest Journal. “I knew a potential market was waiting for me there, now that the Journal had stopped publishing. People in those neighborhoods were reaching out to me, telling me that they wanted to see a new publication in their area,” Christensen said. A former journalism instructor and a long-time newspaper freelancer, Christensen purchased her first two papers in 2019 at a time when community papers all across the country were struggling. “Tesha took ownership of the Messenger and the Monitor during a challenging time for print journalism,” noted Denis Woulfe, Christensen’s advertising manager, who served in a similar position for the...
    The Met Council, the Twin Cities regional planning and transit agency, isn’t alone in how the COVID-19 pandemic affected its operations and people. The shutdowns of many businesses — and the advent of work from home — slashed ridership and revenue for the agency. Already facing a structural deficit, it was pushed further into the red with the loss of farebox revenue — even as it was obligated to continue to operate some services for those who didn’t have the ability to work from home. It also took on those challenges with a new boss. Charlie Zelle, the former state Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner, was appointed just before the pandemic hit, which he had to address along with other inherited challenges: transit safety, budgets and the increasingly fraught Southwest LRT construction. MinnPost spoke with Zelle about his first two years in the high-profile position, and how the Met Council plans to move forward. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  MinnPost: It probably seemed like a good idea to have accepted this job when the governor offered...
    This is the moment a black child sobbed with anguish after she and her grieving white mother were pulled aside after getting off a Southwest flight after being flagged up for human trafficking.  Moira MacCarthy 10, could be heard crying with fright after she and her mother, Mary MacCarthy, 42, were confronted by a Southwest staffer at Denver International Airport on October 22, with the pair taking the flight after MacCarthy's brother died suddenly the night before. MacCarthy, who is a single mom, works in tech and lives in LA, has exclusively shared the video with DailyMail.com. She says she was left shaken by the accusation and ensuing confrontation, and has now retained an attorney. The clip shows a Southwest staffer and two airport cops explain why MacCarthy and her biological daughter have been pulled aside, with the shocked mom filming after explaining that she is too shaken by the incident to take notes. 'It's okay sweetheart,' the concerned mother can be heard saying in the three-minute video as her daughter repeatedly sobs with fear after being confronted by the...
    You may be seeing the phrase “Let’s go Brandon” all over social media, but who is Brandon, and why are they cheering him on? The phrase isn’t a cheer for someone named Brandon… the truth is it’s actually a vulgar term essentially telling Biden to fuck himself. It’s popular among conservatives and members of the GOP who think they are being slick and in unison by using it. But how exactly did it start and why Brandon? As do many other stupid and horrible things, the phrase began at a NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. After a 28-year-old driver, Brandon Brown won his first Xfinity Series on Oct. 2, crowds chanted what reporters thought was “Let’s go Brandon.”  “As you can hear the chants from the crowd — ‘Let’s go, Brandon,'” an NBC News reporter mistakenly commented. But in reality, the crowds were chanting “Fuck Joe Biden.” And that my friends is how the phrase came to be— no one cared about the reporter's mistake instead they took to using the phrase for their own agenda. Within days, “Let’s...
    Southwest Airlines is canceling a plan to put some unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave following the federal deadline in December.  The rules apply to Southwest employees who have applied for but not yet received a religious or medical exemption.  As a federal contractor, Southwest Airlines is subject to the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Employers with a certain number of workers need to have all of them vaccinated unless they are exempt for medical and religious reasons by December 8.   Rules for federal contractors are tougher than those expected of large companies, which will allow for regular COVID-19 testing as an alterative to a vaccination. Labor unions for the company's pilots have attempted to either block the mandate or allow for testing as an alternative.  Southwest Airlines is canceling a plan to put some unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave following the federal deadline in December The rules apply to Southwest employees who have applied for but not yet received a religious or medical exemption As a federal contractor, Southwest Airlines is subject to the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate RELATED...
    By Brandon Miller and Judson Jones | CNN Winter weather, ongoing drought conditions and even the remainder of hurricane season will see impacts from a recent cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific. La Niña conditions — the opposite phase of El Niño — have emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the past month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. La Niña typically brings conditions that are wetter and cooler than average to the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains, especially during the winter. In contrast, La Niña means drier and warmer-than-average conditions usually prevail in the South. This could mean the drought-stricken Southwest will likely stay drier. (La Niña also was present last winter and worsened the drought situation across the West and Southwest.) The Southeast is also typically drier during a La Niña winter, though before the season starts, it increases the possibility for tropical weather, including hurricanes. La Niña will persist through winter in the US La Niña — translated from Spanish as “little girl”– is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in studio to discuss the poor communication and style coming from the White House and its Press Secretary Jen Psaki. (Chris Butler clip plays) Leahy: That’s Chris Butler with a report of State Representative Bruce Griffey. He’s always good for a very timely quote, shall we say? Brewer: Sure. As a journalist, you got to have those guys. Leahy: Got to have it. But this whole vaccine mandate thing that Biden has said he wants and large corporations around the country are just caving in left and right. Not all of them, but some of them are. And it’s causing all sorts of supply chain problems. Southwest Airlines, as you know, I went up to D.C. on Tuesday. I came back on another flight on another airline Wednesday because the Southwest...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki accused Florida's Ron DeSantis and Texas' Greg Abbott of 'putting politics over public health' by banning vaccine mandates.  On Monday the Texas governor banned all Covid-19 vaccine mandates through executive order, after President Biden had issued his own executive order requiring employers with over 100 workers to mandate the jabs.  'Governor Abbott's executive order banning mandates and, I would also note announcement by Governor DeSantis this morning essentially banning implementation of mandates fit a familiar pattern that we've seen of putting politics ahead of public health.'   Asked why Abbott did this, knowing that federal law supersedes state, Psaki had a one word reply: 'Politics.'  'I think it's pretty clear when you make a choice that's against all public health information and data out there it's not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing it's perhaps in the interest of your own politics,' she added when asked to elaborate.  Over the weekend, Southwest Airlines canceled over 2,000 flights and insisted they had all been nixed because of weather.  Furious...
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to social media to attack President Joe Biden while attempting to escalate the Southwest Airlines protest over the airline's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. However, his attempt quickly backfired when he was called out for spreading misinformation. On Sunday, October 10, the Texas senator tweeted a link to CNBC report about the airline's mass flight cancellations as he targeted Biden over his vaccine mandate. He tweeted, "Joe Biden's illegal vaccine mandate at work! Suddenly, we're short on pilots & air traffic controllers. #ThanksJoe." Joe Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate at work! Suddenly, we’re short on pilots & air traffic controllers. #ThanksJoe https://t.co/wviOzLt7Iv — Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1633904695.0 However, Cruz's tweet prompted backlash on Twitter. Shortly after Cruz's remarks, CNBC airline reporter Leslie Roberts asked Cruz for clarity tweeting, "Where did you hear that there is a shortage due to the vaccine mandate?" The senator replied, "Because I read your article…. All of these challenges have led to an added distraction in the cockpit," he said. "This week's COVID-19 vaccine mandate announcement by the Company only exacerbates the...
    The long weekend got a bit longer for Southwest customers after the airline canceled more than 2,000 flights Friday through Sunday.The world's largest low-cost carrier canceled three of every 10 departures it had scheduled on Sunday and the disruption continued into Monday, a federal holiday, with 337 flights - or about one in 10 - canceled so far, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.The company blamed the cancellations on air traffic control problems and limited staffing in Florida as well as bad weather. It told CNN late Sunday that getting operations back to normal was "more difficult and prolonged" because of schedule and staffing reductions made during the pandemic. ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021"We've continued diligent work throughout the weekend to reset our operation with a focus on getting aircraft and crews repositioned to take care...
    VIDEO0:5000:50Markets set to open lower as investors shake off weak jobs reportMorning Report Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket: Southwest Airlines (LUV) – The airline canceled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend, citing bad weather, air traffic control issues and staff shortages. Southwest disputed speculation that its high level of cancellations compared to other airlines was due to employee protests of a Covid-19 vaccine mandate. Southwest fell 2.8% in premarket trading. Robinhood (HOOD) – The trading platform's stock fell 2.1% in premarket action, following a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that detailed the risks of increased regulation of cryptocurrency trading as well as possible new rules surrounding payment for order flow. SoFi Technologies (SOFI) – The fintech company's stock rallied 3.1% in premarket action after Morgan Stanley initiated coverage with an "overweight" rating, calling it a "powerful revenue growth story" as it gains market share in the consumer finance space. Apple (AAPL) – Apple asked a judge to delay changes to its App Store that would require it to allow developers to bypass...
    Southwest Airlines has been hit by a second day of mass-flight cancellations, two days after the firm's pilots' union asked a court to block a COVID vaccine mandate. The Dallas-based carrier canceled over 1,000 flights Sunday, equivalent to 27 per cent of its entire schedule for the day. That came hot on the heels of 808 flights canceled on Saturday. Southwest has blamed a combination of inclement weather and staffing shortages at Jacksonville Air Traffic Control Center in Florida for the disruption. But social media users have cited a Friday court filing by the airline's pilots union, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, as evidence of a different cause. That filing sought to block pilots from having to have a COVID-19 vaccine, with Southwest setting a December 8 vaccine deadline. It is federally-required to vaccinate its employees as a holder of US government contracts. Southwest nixed more than 1,800 flights during the weekend, leaving passengers stranded But the Southwest pilots' union lawsuit says the rule 'unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment and the new policy threatens termination of any pilot not...
    In this article GM STX NCLH PLTR AYI STZ VIDEO1:2501:25News Update – Pre-MarketsNews BriefingCheck out the companies making headlines before the bell: Constellation Brands (STZ) – The maker of beer and wine reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $2.38 per share, missing the $2.77 consensus estimate, although revenue did beat Wall Street forecasts and Constellation increased its full-year earnings outlook. Shares fell 2.2% in the premarket. Acuity Brands (AYI) – The maker of lighting and building management systems reported an adjusted quarterly profit of $3.27 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $2.85, with revenue topping forecasts as well. The earnings beat came amid what the company terms a "challenging" environment that included higher labor, materials and freight costs. Palantir Technologies (PLTR) – Palantir surged 8.1% in the premarket following news that it won an $823 million Army contract to provide its Gotham platform, an operating system designed to optimize defense decision-making. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) – Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio told CNBC's Closing Bell that the company would have its full fleet in operation by April for the...
    A viral video has shown the aftermath of a shooting at a high school in Texas on Friday, with students being hurried out of the building through corridors lined with heavily-armed officers, and blood and glass on the floor. 'Oh my God,' whispers the girl filming the TikTok, as she jogs out of the school in a line with other students, all of them with their hands up. A member of law enforcement can be heard saying: 'You're alright. Keep moving'. The clip has received more than 1.6 million 'likes', and has been shared 30,000 times.  The gunman, a 25-year-old former student described by his family as mentally unbalanced, opened fire on students and injured the principal. None of the 1,000 students were harmed, and the gunman, Dexter Kelsey, was taken into custody.   A student at YES Prep school in Houston filmed the aftermath of a shooting at her school on Friday in a TikTok that has gone viral, showing broken glass (above) and blood splatters The students are hurried out of the building in a line, with their hands...
    In this article SWX NKE NFLX Seen through a store window, a Nike employee stands in the entryway of the Nike SoHo store in New York City.Drew Angerer | Getty ImagesCheck out the companies making headlines in midday trading. Facebook, Amazon, Apple - Shares of major technology companies led Tuesday's market rebound. Facebook shares rose 2.5% following a 5% slide on Monday due to a whistleblower's claims and a site outage. Amazon rose 2%, while Apple advanced more than 1%. Alphabet added over 2%. Southwest Gas Holdings — The energy company jumped nearly 6% after activist investor Carl Icahn, who has a significant stake in it, wrote a letter to the company pushing it to drop a potential acquisition of Dominion Energy's Questar Pipeline and focus on improving its stock's performance, The Wall Street Journal reported. Marathon Oil — Shares of the exploration and production company advanced more than 2% on the heels of climbing oil and natural gas prices. Occidental also gained 1.8%, while EOG Resources, Devon Energy, Halliburton and Hess all rose. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, broke above $79 per...
    VIDEO1:0401:04Wall Street pointed towards lower open for first full October trading weekMorning Report Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket: Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla shares rose 3% in the premarket after the company announced it delivered 241,300 vehicles during the third quarter, its most ever for a quarter and a 73% increase over the same quarter a year ago. Moderna (MRNA), Novavax (NVAX) – Moderna and Novavax shares are under pressure once again this morning. Both Covid-19 vaccine makers saw double-digit percentage losses Friday, following news of Merck's (MRK) successful late-stage trial for its new anti-viral pill. Moderna fell 4% in premarket trading, while Novavax slid 3.3%. Merck rallied another 2.7% in the premarket following Friday's 8.4% surge. General Motors (GM) – Hedge fund Engine No. 1 announced its support for GM's goal to have a 100% electric car portfolio by 2035, as well as an investment in the automaker. Engine No. 1 gained prominence earlier this year by successfully placing three climate-focused independent directors on Exxon Mobil's (XOM) board. Delta Air Lines (DAL) –...
    In this article LUV HLF GE ORCL An exterior view of the Oracle Field Office at Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, October 18, 2019.Tom Brenner | ReutersCheck out the companies making headlines in midday trading. Oracle – The tech company's shares slid 3.7% after Oracle's first-quarter revenue missed expectations. The company reported sales of $9.73 billion, which was short of the $9.77 billion analysts surveyed by Refinitiv predicted. Oracle earned $1.03 per share on an adjusted basis during the period, which was ahead of the 97 cents the Street expected. Angi — Shares of the home services marketplace jumped more than 6% after it reported its August metrics, which showed its revenue for the month jumped 21% jump from the previous year. Angi owns Angie's List, HomeAdvisor and HomeStars, among other brands. Fox Corp. — The media firm's shares fell 1.7% after news that the company finalized a deal to acquire celebrity news platform TMZ from AT&T's WarnerMedia unit. The companies did not disclose terms of the deal, but The Wall Street Journal reported that TMZ is being valued at less than $50...
    Generally, the stock market anticipates favorable or contrary events that may affect it, but for the moment it continues to ignore the scenario caused by the Covid-19 Delta variant and its record numbers of infections and hospitalizations, published Yahoo! Finance. Investors should be on high alert for the site because companies that had been so optimistic about the post-pandemic economic recovery are becoming increasingly cautious as the effects of the Delta variant spreads. Disney, Airbnb and Southwest have warned of a financial impact caused by the Covid-19 Delta variant that could affect earnings in the current quarter and therefore could influence the prices of their respective shares. Disney shocked investors by achieving 116 million subscribers for its Disney + streaming service, but the Covid-19 Delta variant threatens results in the coming quarters. Although the company remains very optimistic because they have registered a strong demand from the public, it indicates that it is experiencing a rebound in cancellations of visits to its parks. “In terms of the impact of the Delta variant, we see that strong demand for our...
    Alaska Airlines employees will be forced to get vaccinated for COVID once the federal government gives full approval to at least one of the vaccines, the company said in a memo to its staff.  Airlines issuing vaccine mandates are fueling a national debate on whether or not companies and government have the authority to do so, amid fears vaccine approval has been rushed.  Currently, the three vaccines available in the US - Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson - have been authorized under emergency approval. Pfizer and Moderna have applied for full FDA approval, and Pfizer is expected to get the green light by Labor Day, according to The New York Times.   Alaska Airlines joined many of its rivals who have already issued companywide mandates.  On Friday, United Airlines became the first major US carrier to require jabs for all of its 67,000 staff by October 25. Hawaiian Airlines is giving their staff until November 1 to receive their second shot, if they are getting a two-dose vaccine. While United and Hawaiian will only allow exemptions on the basis of religious or...
    Employees at American, Delta and Southwest Airlines will not be required to show proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 to work, in contrast to Amtrak and United Airlines, who've recently joined a slew of companies issuing companywide mandates.   On Wednesday, Amtrak announced they will require more than 18,000 of their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing.  'Because vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves, our families, and our customers, we have made some important decisions regarding Amtrak vaccination requirements,' Amtrak's Chief Executive, William Flynn, wrote in a memo.  On Wednesday, Amtrak announced they will require more than 18,000 of their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing Despite issuing a mandate for new employees, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said that did not apply to all staff and that they have no vaccine mandate  While Southwest will 'continue to strongly encourage' employees to get vaccinated, their stance on requiring employees to get the jab has not changed, CEO Gary Kelly said in an internal memo obtained by...
    There are disturbing signs that the grip of the deadly coronavirus pandemic is tightening in the U.S. as more than a dozen states see an uptick in COVID-19 cases. New virus hotspots are emerging in the South and Southwest, and parts of the South and West Coast are seeing their biggest spikes in cases yet, Michael George reports for "CBS This Morning: Saturday." Some health experts say we could be seeing the impact of opening too early.  This week, South Carolina and Florida showed their highest daily number of coronavirus cases. Arizona's average daily cases nearly tripled in two weeks. And Texas had its four worst days so far for hospitalizations. In Houston, there is a warning: "People should not take things lightly. Or assume that the virus is under control," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.  Texas businesses and restaurants — among the first to reopen — could become the first to shut down again. "I want the reopening to be successful. I want the economy to be resilient," said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. "But I'm growing increasingly...
    I think a road trip across the Southwest offers some of the most spectacular views of America. Google Maps, Joey Hadden/Insider I love the Southwest, and I planned a road trip through all my favorite destinations. The trip starts in Texas and ends in Colorado, covering 3,000 miles of forests, deserts, and mountains. My years of road-tripping through the American West inspired this perfect itinerary. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    An American-born, bilingual Muslim woman wearing a hijab was forced to move from a Southwest Airlines exit row seat after a flight attendant told her she 'couldn't speak English' and 'would bring the whole plane down in an emergency.' The woman - referred to only by her first name Fatima - and her sister spoke Arabic when they boarded the plane from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas on May 22, after seeing their mom in hospital. That's when they were approached by the flight attendant who reportedly told Fatima to move.  The sisters switched to English, which they speak fluently, and tried to reason with the steward,' Fatima's lawyer Marwa Elbially said. But the staff member would not change her mind and allegedly told them, 'It doesn't matter.' To make the issue worse, the flight attendant said Fatima had to move but allowed her sister, who wasn't wearing a hijab, to sit in the seat, Elbially said.  'The hardest part was keeping my composure for three hours after being insulted,' Fatima said.   Fatima (left) takes the podium, next to her sister, as...
    A retired Southwest Airlines pilot was sentenced to probation Friday after pleading guilty to exposing his genitals to a female first officer and watching pornography on a laptop during a flight from Philadelphia to Florida. Michael Haak, 60, apologized and expressed remorse for his actions before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Mark Coulson sentenced him to one year of unsupervised probation and a $5,000 fine. 'It started as a consensual prank between me and the other pilot. I never imagined it would turn into this in a thousand years,' Haak said during a remote hearing. Michael Haak pled guilty having been charged in federal court with lewd, indecent or an obscene act which was 'a prank' (file photo) Federal prosecutors said that Haak had never met the first officer before that flight bound for Orlando on August 10, 2020. After the plane reached its cruising altitude, Haak got out of the pilot's seat, 'disrobed' and began watching pornographic material on a laptop computer in the cockpit, prosecutors said. 'As the plane continued its flight, Haak further engaged in inappropriate conduct...
    Airlines suspended the use of dozens of 737 Max jets on Friday after Boeing warned them of a possible electrical fault in the production of some planes. The glitch is the latest problem to beset Boeing's most-sold model -- but is not related to cockpit safety issues that led to an almost two-year worldwide grounding, lifted five months ago.  That grounding followed two crashes that killed 346 people in October 2018 and March 2019. Boeing told airlines that repairs for each plane could take a matter of hours or a few days, according to a notification seen by Reuters. Airlines suspended the use of dozens of 737 Max jets on Friday after Boeing warned them of a possible electrical fault. Above, Southwest 737 Max planes are seen grounded in 2019 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'United Airlines goes woke': Tucker Carlson blasts airline's... Crashed Indonesia passenger jet's cockpit voice recorder is... Share this article Share The top three U.S. 737 Max operators - Southwest Airlines , American Airlines and United Airlines...
    Major winter storms are forecast to impact a large portion of the U.S. on Tuesday, bringing snow, freezing rain and hazardous travel conditions to the Southwest and a region stretching from the Plains to the Northeast.  The National Weather Service (NWS) currently has winter weather warnings and advisories in effect for dozens of states, while airlines have canceled more than 150 flights and are issuing waivers ahead of what is expected to become a messy day for travelers.  "Multiple systems across the country are producing impactful precipitation and will continue to do so over the next few days," the NWS said in an advisory Tuesday morning.   Tim Ahlman shovels snow outside his home in Bellemont, Ariz. on Monday. (AP) WINTER STORM BRINGING RAIN, SNOW, STRONG WINDS FROM PLAINS TO THE NORTHEAST  Forecasters say heavy snow is likely across higher elevations of the Central Plains and Midwest through the end of today, while the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will see smaller totals. Accumulating ice and freezing rain also will be possible in the Central Appalachians.   "The highest accumulations will likely occur in the higher terrain of eastern West Virginia, western Virginia, western Maryland and southwest Pennsylvania; travel...
    2021 will begin in the winter in the Southeast. Artech, L .;a Trom and Izra Orange were placed on “snow-ice” alert due to an episode that starts at 6 a.m. on Friday, January 1st. The motto refers to France His Bulletin Released Thursday, December 31 at 4 p.m. The Gears, Landus And Dorn-ed-Coron is on orange alert for flood risk. 6 Deposit #vigilanceOrange Be informed https://t.co/CSYEovTI83 pic.twitter.com/X5d2qw8Z44 – VigiMétéoFrance (igVigiMeteoFrance) December 31, 2020 Mட்டto France forecast a chapter of snow at very low altitudes on Friday in three areas of “snow-ice” awareness. “Since midnight [de jeudi à vendredi], The rain / snow range will start to drop significantly to reach 150 to 300 m depending on where it is at the end of the night. The forecast company writes. As a result, the rain / snow limit is practically flat (temporarily and internally 200 m). “ Meteoro France expects 1 to 3 cm of snow in most Rh ரோne valleys and 2 to 5 cm of snow in Grenoble. Elsewhere, 5 to 10 cm is expected 200 or...
    If you have been outside recently after it gets dark, you might have noticed a bright pair of “stars” in the sky lying southwest — or left — of where the sun sets. In reality these are the two giant gas planets, Jupiter, the brighter of the two, and Saturn. Even though they are separated by hundreds of millions of miles in the solar system, they have been moving closer and closer to one another in our sky for quite awhile. On Monday, Dec. 21, they will be visible in the southwest and at their closest approach to one another — a tenth-of-a-degree apart. The last time these two planets were this close, and visible, was 1226. They were similarly close in 1623, but likely not easily visible due to their close proximity to the sun. They will be so close as to appear as a double planet. And to make this even more special, on the 21st at 5:02 a.m. EST, it is the Winter Solstice, the start of winter in the Northern hemisphere. The amount of daylight...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The magic number is 270. That’s how many electoral votes are needed to win the presidency. Right now, Democrat Joe Biden has 253 and President Trump 213. CBS 2’s Chris Tye has more on the real time results coming from the swing states. The board illustrating the states and the number of electoral votes up for grabs turned more blue on Wednesday. Joe Biden took Michigan and Wisconsin, directly connected to his pathway moving forward. Next up is Arizona. Biden has the lead. In the state of Nevada, it’s a similar story, but tighter. Biden has a one percentage lead with a quarter million votes and only 8,000 separating the two candidates. What to expect from critical swing states still counting ballots https://t.co/R7YboRNzl1 — CBS News (@CBSNews) November 4, 2020 Biden needs those two to win without putting Pennsylvania in the mix. Georgia is still up for grabs but Trump has a lead. With North Carolina, it is similar with 95% of the vote in. Pennsylvania is one of the two states that the president has...
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