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One person dies after engine explodes on Southwest flight near Philadelphia

Southwest Airlines engine explodes, kills passengerA crew member on a Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday reported to air traffic controllers that a piece of the plane was missing and “someone went out”.

The Boeing 737 apparently blew an engine at 30,000ft and was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, damaged the fuselage, killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said on Tuesday. Bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon.

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Starbucks will temporarily close 8,000 U.S. stores for racial-bias training

starbucks will close one day for training after profiling incident

Amid outcry over the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, the coffee chain announced Tuesday it will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon next month to train workers in "racial-bias education."

The stores will be shuttered on the afternoon of May 29, the company said in a press release, and its corporate offices will also be closed at that time. And nearly 175,000 employees will undergo the training.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health, Not Seeking Further Treatment

Barbara Bush in failing healthFormer first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, a source close to the Bush family tells CNN.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. She has been on oxygen for some time.
Her husband, former President George H. W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil. Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week.
Bush's office released a statement, confirming after a "recent series of hospitalizations," she has decided against seeking additional medical help and will instead focus on "comfort care."

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Chuck McCann, Who Was 'Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs!,' Dies At 83

Chuck McCan dies at 83

Chuck McCann, one of New York television’s quintessential personalities, died Sunday at 83 in a Los Angeles hospital. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

A prolific voice-over artist and an actor in numerous series and films, he remains best known as a beloved host of children’s TV programs, including “The Puppet Hotel” on WNTA/13 (now WNET) in 1959 and 1960, and “Laurel & Hardy & Chuck,” “Let’s Have Fun!” and “The Chuck McCann Show” on WPIX/11, his home from 1960 to 1965.

That year he moved his namesake show to WNEW/5 (now WNYW), where he added “The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show” and “Chuck McCann’s Laurel and Hardy Show.”

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Teachers union threatens to cut ties with Wells Fargo over NRA support

AFT threatens to cut ties with Wells Fargo

A major national teachers union is threatening to cut ties with Wells Fargo over the bank’s deals with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In a press release Saturday, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said that it would ditch a Wells Fargo mortgage program unless the company drops its connection to the NRA.

AFT President Randi Weingarten has been in talks with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan about the partnerships, according to the release.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook over data collection

Steve Wozniak leaving FacebookApple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.

"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this," he said in an email to USA TODAY. "The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back."

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Fatal Trump tower fire: No sprinkler system in apartments

Trump tower fire: no sprinkler systems in apartments

The apartment in New York's Trump Tower that was destroyed in a raging fire that killed a resident and injured six firefighters had no sprinkler system, authorities said.

Firefighters remained at the scene Sunday, cleaning up after the blaze and trying to determine its cause. The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 58-story building.

President Trump keeps a sprawling, penthouse residence in the building, and his business has offices there. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Secret Service agents accompanied firefighters to check on the Trump residence. Nigro said no Trump family members were inside at the time.

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