Judge OKs big airline merger
US Airways and United Airlines are working on a merger.
March 27th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Judge OKs big airline merger

A federal bankruptcy judge gave approval on Wednesday for US Airways and American Airlines to proceed with their planned merger, according to a source familiar with the situation.

US Airways and American Airlines announced plans last month to join forces in an $11 billion deal to create the world's largest airline.

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March 27th, 2013
02:43 AM ET

FBI probing 'suspicious' death aboard cruise

The FBI is investigating the mysterious death of a 64-year-old woman aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

The woman, whose name was not released, was from Midlothian, Virginia. She was found dead by her husband in their cabin Sunday, the cruise line said.

"We look at any kind of suspicious death on the high seas," Special Agent Richard Wolf of the FBI's Baltimore field office said.

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Lawyer: Client will plead not guilty to slapping child during flight
Joe Rickey Hundley is accused of slapping a crying child sitting near him during a flight in February.
March 20th, 2013
03:26 PM ET

Lawyer: Client will plead not guilty to slapping child during flight

The Idaho man accused of slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a commercial airline flight will plead not guilty, attorney Marcia Shein said.

Joe Rickey Hundley, who is charged with assaulting a minor, is scheduled to appear in a federal courthouse in Atlanta Wednesday.

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March 19th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Carnival cancels Triumph cruises through May

Carnival Cruise Lines announced Tuesday afternoon that an additional 10 cruises have been canceled for the Carnival Triumph while repairs are made to the fire-damaged ship.

The Carnival Triumph, which was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for several unpleasant days in February, is now slated to return to service on June 3, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said.

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March 18th, 2013
05:09 AM ET

Plane crashes into neighborhood, kills 2

A corporate jet, sheared in half - it's nose poking through the front window of a shattered home.

Such was the scene in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood Sunday when a Hawker Beechcraft 390 slammed into a row of single-story homes, damaging three.

Two of the four people aboard the plane died on impact.

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March 15th, 2013
02:20 AM ET

Make that 4: Nightmare for Carnival line

First it was Triumph, then Elation, Dream and now Legend.

While they are happy names for cruise ships, some passengers say they've had experiences recently that belie those names.

In yet another setback, Carnival Cruise ship Legend is having technical difficulties that are affecting its sailing speed, the travel company said.

The Legend, which was on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa on Sunday, now becomes the latest in a growing list of Carnival woes. Within a span of a month, three other Carnival Cruise ships have reported problems.

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FAA OKs plan to fix Dreamliner battery woes
March 12th, 2013
05:42 PM ET

FAA OKs plan to fix Dreamliner battery woes

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved a proposed remedy for problems that triggered battery fires and led to the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, but the company must still demonstrate its approach will ensure safety before those planes can fly again.

The agency said it had signed off on a certification plan by the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer to redesign the wide body's lithium-ion battery system.

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March 8th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

Delta CEO criticizes new knife rule

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Friday he objects to the federal Transportation Security Administration's move this week to allow small pocketknives on airplanes.

"These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Anderson said in a letter to the head of the TSA.

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March 6th, 2013
02:50 AM ET

Big snow disappoints with minor moisture

Six inches of snow in Chicago. A foot or so plastering the Upper Midwest. And up 20 inches expected just west of Washington D.C.

Surely, there's a silver lining to these snow clouds though, right? Don't they bring much-neeed moisture to parched states?

Not quite.

Snow is very fluffy, and it takes up to a foot of it to squeeze out an inch of rain, meteorologists say.

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March 5th, 2013
03:27 PM ET

TSA to allow small knives on flights

Beginning April 25, the Transportation Security Administration will allow knives with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) or shorter and less than 1/2 inch in width on U.S. airline flights. Two golf clubs, toy bats or other sports sticks will also be allowed in carry-on luggage.

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March 4th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Colorado Interstate closed after 30-car crash

A 30-car accident and bad weather caused the closure of Interstate 70 in and around Vail, Colorado, around 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET), said Mindy Crane, the spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

"We were seeing blizzard conditions up in that area," Crane said, adding the closure will likely be "fairly lengthy." "We have not been able to find out if there are any injuries or fatalities."

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Plane safely makes emergency landing
This plane landed safely in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday after developing problems with its landing gear after taking off from Wooster, Ohio.
March 4th, 2013
02:52 PM ET

Plane safely makes emergency landing

[Update 2:48 p.m. ET] A light aircraft with landing gear problems landed intact Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

CNN affiliate KTVI said eight people were aboard the Learjet.

Officials earlier said that they expected the plane to touch down at St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in Cahokia, Illinois.

The plane landed "without incident" at 1:32 p.m. CT (2:32 p.m. ET), the Federal Aviation Administration said. It had departed Wooster, Ohio, en route to St. Louis Downtown Airport earlier in the day.

[First report 1:53 p.m. ET] A light aircraft reporting landing gear problems is preparing to make an emergency landing at St. Louis Downtown Airport - also known as Parks Airport - in Cahokia, Illinois, according to CNN affiliate KTVI.

Just before noon, the plane reported a problem with its landing gear, KTVI reported.

This is a developing story.  We'll bring you more details as we get them.


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February 22nd, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Report: Plane skids off Cleveland runway

A plane landing at Cleveland's international airport skidded off the runway on Friday, CNN affiliate WJW reported.

This comes as snow and rain have slammed the East and Midwest.

No injuries were reported.

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Report: Suspect in U.S. tourist's death ID'd
Sarai Sierra traveled alone from New York to Istanbul on January 7 to take photographs.
February 21st, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Report: Suspect in U.S. tourist's death ID'd

Turkish police have identified and are looking for a man suspected of killing American tourist Sarai Sierra, whose body was found earlier this month, CNN affiliate CNN Turk reported Thursday.

Police are looking for the suspect, identified only as "Ziya T," in the southern province of Hatay, where his family lives, CNN Turk reported.

Sierra, of New York, traveled alone to Istanbul on January 7. She was reported missing after she did not arrive on a return flight January 22, and Turkish police found her body near ancient stone walls in Istanbul's Sarayburnu district this month.

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February 20th, 2013
03:34 PM ET

Class-action suit filed against Carnival

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. surrounding the events that crippled the cruise ship Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico.

Filing on behalf of other tourists, passengers Matt Crusan and Melissa Crusan alleged in their lawsuit that "Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues," the court filing said.

The suit, filed Monday, follows a lawsuit that an individual passenger filed against the company last week.

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Man accused of slapping crying boy on flight loses his job
February 18th, 2013
01:19 AM ET

Man accused of slapping crying boy on flight loses his job

An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 2-year-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor for the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley had been let go.

"Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statementfrom AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it since learning of the matter on Friday afternoon.

"As of Sunday, the executive is no longer employed with the company."

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February 15th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Passenger sues Carnival over 'floating hell' cruise

Not even 24 hours after reaching land, a passenger on this week's infamously crippled Carnival cruise in the Gulf of Mexico has filed a lawsuit.

Passenger Terry Cassie of Texas has filed a lawsuit against Carnival in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. The suit describes Carnival's Triumph cruise ship as a "floating hell."

The Triumph was towed into port in Alabama late Thursday night, five days after it lost power in a engine-room fire. More than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members lived in squalid conditions after the outage, with overflowing commodes splashing floors with waste as the ship listed, passengers reported.

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Crippled cruise ship slowly limping toward shore
February 14th, 2013
08:04 PM ET

Crippled cruise ship slowly limping toward shore

  • Tugboats towing crippled Carnival Triumph from Gulf of Mexico to Alabama port
  • Passenger to CNN by phone: "Just get us out of here."
  • More than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members living in squalid conditions since fire knocked out power on Sunday.
  • Ship expected in Mobile, Alabama, Thursday night or early Friday.
  • Get updates below; watch live; read our full story here; read: passengers, family vent online
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[Updated at 8:04 p.m. ET] Triumph passenger Sylvester Davis, backing up what other passengers have said today, told CNN by phone that the ship was cleaner today.

“It got a lot better once the notification went out that the (National Transportation Safety Board) and the Coast Guard was coming on board," Davis said. "They spent a lot of time cleaning up, and it's sort of frustrating because it doesn't look like now the way it’s been looking and the way we've been living.”

[Updated at 7:36 p.m. ET] We've received video, taken Sunday morning, showing smoke from the fire that knocked out the ship's power. The video was sent to us by passenger Megan Clemons-Foxall.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET] The end of the trip is near: The ship is about 17 miles from the dock. We're anticipating an arrival between 10 p.m. ET and midnight ET.

It won't be over immediately for the crew and passengers. Because more than 4,000 people are aboard, and there's just one working elevator, Carnival anticipates it'll take about four or five hours to get everyone off the ship.

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Arrival time for stricken cruise ship moved back
February 14th, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Arrival time for stricken cruise ship moved back

The Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship that had been marooned in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to arrive in Mobile, Alabama, between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET Thursday, according to an official briefed on plans for the recovery of the vessel.

On Wednesday, the plan was for the vessel to arrive in the early Thursday afternoon, but rough waves overnight has slowed the recovery.

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Passengers count hours on 'floating petri dish' of a cruise ship as it limps to shore
February 14th, 2013
03:54 AM ET

Passengers count hours on 'floating petri dish' of a cruise ship as it limps to shore

Squalid, smelly and steamy, the crippled cruise ship Carnival Triumph limped toward port on Thursday, its passengers and crew looking forward to a breath of fresh air.

The laborious slog through the Gulf of Mexico tested not only the senses of the thousands on board, but their patience as well.

Towed by three tugboats, the ship is on track to arrive at terminal in Mobile, Alabama, around 4 p.m. ET Thursday.

The Triumph was expected to navigate the "safety fairway," or the corridor into Mobile Bay, late Wednesday night, bringing it around 10 a.m. Thursday to the point where a pilot from the Port of Mobile will board the ship and guide it to dock, the same official said.

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