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Southwest Airlines has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines. As the investigation into last week’s deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company’s [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:20:18+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Privacy debacle prompts changes by social-media users

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’ve made changes to how you use social media since Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you’re not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of online adults who’ve heard of the scandal — revelations that a data mining [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:19:41+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

WASHINGTON — One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won’t cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. It eases cravings without [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:17:12+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

WASHINGTON — The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republican control of Congress. Tax cuts are now signed into law. A conservative judge is seated on the Supreme Court. And many governmental regulations, including those on labor and [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:19:13+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Aimed at China, Trump’s tariffs are hitting closer to home

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his “America First” agenda hit home. The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which may result in duty [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:17:58+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Bill to prevent workers’ comp awards to illegals meant to preserve system

The Ohio Senate presumably would have to reconcile constitutional questions arising from a bill that prohibits illegal and unauthorized aliens from receiving compensation and certain benefits under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Law. Analysis of House Bill 380 by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission noted the bill’s apparent limitation of remedies for individuals not authorized to [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:22:43+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Central Ohio jobless rate drops to 3.5%

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate decreased more than half of a percentage point in March. The 10-county metropolitan statistical area’s not-seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 3.5 percent last month compared with 4.1 percent in March 2017, according to data the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released Tuesday. But the region’s civilian labor force increased [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:22:00+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|

Dems’ chances may rest on flipping Republican strongholds in cities

DALLAS (AP) — As Dallas has evolved from reliably red to deeply blue, joining many other big cities, one enclave has remained the beating heart of country club conservatism — home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and former President George W. Bush. Just north of downtown, it’s where suits-and-cowboy-boots culture [...]

By | 2018-04-25T14:21:19+00:00 Thursday, April 26, 2018|