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Mob Museum in Vegas lets visitors play police officer

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:48:00 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A home invader wearing a ski mask is holding a woman hostage in her bedroom. A police officer immediately starts giving verbal commands, ordering the man to let the woman go, but the intruder refuses and lunges toward the officer with a weapon in hand. The officer then raises her gun and shoots the man. The officer in this training exercise was a British tourist, and the victim and intruder were on a life-size video projection inside the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The visitor was participating in a new hands-on exhibit that arms visitors with a pistol that shoots plastic pellets and puts them in simulated situations similar to those police encounter in real life.



Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:09:35 UT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. That's because the airport with two runways has for decades served as home to Boeing assembly lines, rolling out models such as the 777 for test flights over the Pacific Ocean. Now an entrepreneur is getting a chance to build the airport's first passenger terminal, betting travelers in Seattle's rapidly-expanding suburbs will use it for short-haul trips instead of fighting traffic and long lines at SeaTac International, one of the country's busiest hubs. Brett Smith's company is investing about $40 million to build the terminal.



After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:03:57 UT

Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to brace for impact. The plane hurtling toward the unforgiving ground. Survivors of air accidents often proclaim that their survival was a miracle. But what follows is another kind of miracle: Many survivors manage to get past the horror and onto planes again. How do they do it? It's a question facing survivors of this week's Southwest Airlines accident, which killed one woman who was sucked partway out of the plane after the engine exploded and shattered a window. Authorities said 148 passengers walked away, underscoring an important point: Plane crashes are rare, but when they happen, people often survive them. Between 1983 and 2000, 95.



Tips for surviving an airplane crash

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:02:20 UT

Each day, more than 8 million people around the globe step aboard some 90,000 flights. They almost always land safely. But in the rare chance of a crash, there are some things passengers can do to improve their odds of surviving. Here are some tips adapted from a British Airways safety awareness course. —During the safety demonstration, count the number of rows to the nearest exit. Then count the number of rows to the second nearest exit, remembering that it might be behind you. —Next, practice putting on and taking off your seatbelt to build muscle memory. Check where your life vest is and touch it. —Learn the proper brace position: Bend forward as far as possible, keep your head down.



European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:29:28 UT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A directive published by EASA late Friday called for inspections within 20 days of blades in the oldest CFM56-7B engines — those that have been through 30,000 engine cycles or more since installation. Newer blades will have to be inspected within 133 days, and the inspections repeated within 3,000 cycles. A March 26 directive called for ultrasonic inspections within nine months. The updated instructions cited a "further failure" of a CFM56-7B fan blade.



More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts get downgraded

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:21:12 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend's deluge. The National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning for Kauai and a flash flood watch across the Hawaiian islands. The north shore town of Hanalei saw 28.1 inches (71 centimeters) of rainfall between 2 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. Weather officials say it was likely record-breaking rain, but the rain gauge there stopped working. Nearby Wainiha saw moderate rain Thursday night — 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) over a 12-hour period, said Ian Morrison, a meteorologist with the weather service.



Fire damages lodge at Idaho's famed Sun Valley ski resort

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:17:13 UT

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A raging fire at a base lodge at Idaho's famed Sun Valley Resort ski area heavily damaged the building just days after the ski season ended, officials said Thursday. Flames were shooting 30 feet (9 meters) from the roof of the resort's Warm Springs Lodge when police arrived at the scene Wednesday night and the fire was still burning Thursday afternoon, officials said. There were no reports of injuries. The resort held its final day of skiing last Sunday. No damage estimate was immediately available but it was difficult for firefighters to put out the fire because it got into a space between the building's ceiling and roof, said Will Fruehling, chief deputy of the Blaine County sheriff's office.



8,000 Disneyland tickets stolen from youth farming group

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:52:07 UT

GALT, Calif. (AP) — Thieves made off with 8,000 Disneyland tickets worth about $800,000 when they stole a box trailer from a youth agricultural education organization that was going to distribute them to participants at a conference in Southern California, officials said. The trailer owned by Future Farmers of America was stolen Wednesday from the group's office in the city of Galt, south of Sacramento, the California Highway Patrol said. Security footage shows a dark pickup truck backing up to the trailer and driving it away, said Matt Patton, executive director of the California chapter of Future Farmers of America. Patton said the thief broke through a gate and broke a lock before hooking the trailer to the pickup truck.



Crowd-control plan for top Montana fishing stream rejected

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:40:34 UT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials on Thursday rejected a plan to limit commercial fishing guides on the Madison River that flows out of Yellowstone National Park, a top fishing destination where the number of days spent angling has more than doubled in recent years. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously voted against the proposal after multiple guides, outfitters and other anglers spoke out against it. They generally agreed that something needs to be done to alleviate the crowding but believe the commercial guides were being unfairly singled out and didn't have enough input in developing the plan.



Russia says US visa delays could halt direct flights

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:24:45 UT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says increasing delays by the United States in issuing visas could result in flagship airline Aeroflot ending flights to the U.S. State-owned Aeroflot is the only airline with scheduled year-round U.S. flights. A ministry statement Thursday complained that the waiting time for interviews for U.S. visa applicants has stretched to 250 days. "In other words, it's senseless to apply for a visa," it said. Aeroflot "may be forced to stop (flights) because the crews are experiencing growing difficulty in obtaining American visas," the statement said. State news agency Tass cited the company as confirming visa problems, but didn't give details. The ministry said the recent closure of the U.S.



The Latest: $800,000 in Disneyland tickets stolen from group

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:11:41 UT

GALT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the theft in Northern California of 8,000 Disneyland tickets (all times local): 11 a.m. The executive director of a California youth farming organization says 8,000 stolen Disneyland tickets were worth about $800,000. Matt Patton of the California chapter of Future Farmers of America said the organization's trailer carrying the tickets and audio and visual equipment was stolen Wednesday from its office in Galt. Patton says Disneyland has canceled the tickets and is working to print new ones for the 6,500 students attending the organization's leadership conference that starts Sunday in Anaheim. Officials are advising people to be cautions if buying Disneyland tickets from a source other than Disney.



Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:56:55 UT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Sirens wailed, church bells tolled and yellow paper daffodils of remembrance dotted the crowd as Polish and Jewish leaders extolled the heroism and determination of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters on the 75th anniversary of their ill-fated rebellion. Polish President Andrzej Duda and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said the hundreds of young Jews who took up arms in Warsaw in 1943 against the overwhelming might of the Nazi German army fought for their dignity but also to liberate Poland from the occupying Germans. The revolt ended in death for most of the fighters, yet left behind an enduring symbol of resistance.