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Ethiopian Airlines became the first to resume service with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner this Saturday almost three months after the planes were grounded for safety issues.
Nearly 50 Dreamliners were taken out of commission world-wide following two incidents with Japanese airlines jets that raised concerns over the battery systems. Boeing has since began installing a redesigned battery system into the air-crafts.
The Dreamliner’s first commercial flight since January flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, through Ethiopian airlines.
The smarter fuel economy made possible by the Dreamliner’s use of lightweight composite materials has made it very popular in Asia and the Middle East, where long-haul flights make up much of an airline’s business.
Japanese airlines have so far been the air-craft’s biggest customers. They are expected to start test flights this Sunday.
Police found the bound bodies of five men and two women in a low-income neighborhood in the resort town of Cancun away from the tourist hot spots, according to Fox News.
Authorities in Mexico say the killings appear to be linked to the drug trade.
According to the Associated Press, the director of the Quintana Roo state detective agency reports that the victims reportedly died of asphyxiation, as a result of their hands, feet and heads being bound with packaging tape.
Juan Ignacio Hernandez, a deputy attorney general of Quintana Roo state, told Reuters, “It looks like the victims were independent drug dealers without any links to any specific cartel.”
Seven men have been named as suspects in the killings.
This story contains information from Fox News.
Passengers aboard the Carnival Cruise that was stuck in the Gulf of Mexico for days have begun suing the cruise line.
In a nine-page complaint, Cassie Terry, of Lake Jackson, Texas, seeks unspecified damages for what she endured on the Triumph cruise ship to Mexico.
The cruise had departed Galveston on Feb. 7, and then three days later, when the ship was 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, “an engine room fire knocked out its primary power source, crippling its water and plumbing systems and leaving it adrift,” the complaint said.
For the next five days, Terry, 25, had to endure “deplorable, unsafe, and unsanitary conditions, including but not limited to, sweltering temperatures, lack of power and air conditioning, lack or hot or running water, and lack of working toilets,” it says.
When the boat was towed back to the United States, human wasted spilled out of the toilets and flooded across the ship’s floors and halls, and even dripped down the walls.
So far, Carnival has states that each passenger would be given $500, a free flight home, a full refund on their trip and for most expenses on board. They’ve also been given a credit for another cruise.
The towed Triumph arrived in Mobile, Alabama, late on Feb. 14.
Tall, heated buildings, warm cars and cozy houses; with all of this warm in the coldest of temperatures does it have an effect on the outside temperature?
According to research performed by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Florida State University as well as the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the answer is yes.
According to Discovery News, when the heat from heavily heated cities is compared to the entire planet, the effect that is has barely measures up with a mere 0.3 percent of total energy that crosses over to cooler regions during the winter season through weather. However, his man-made heat could be just enough to affect the circulation systems within the atmosphere.
What researchers have been discovering is that the excess man -made heat that comes from buildings and cars in urban areas across the Northern Hemisphere are increasing remote areas of North America as well as northern Asia’s temperatures. It is reported that the temperatures are increasing by as much as 1 degree C, which converts to about 1.8 degrees F.
Sara Sierra, 33, a New York City woman, disappeared while on vacation in Turkey.
Sierra was noticed to be missing when she did not arrive home on her scheduled flight Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra’s father arrived at the airport to pick her up. After waiting for hours, there were no signs of his daughter.
Sierra’s husband contacted the hostel that Sierra was staying at it was reported that the mother of two’s belongings were still there.
Sierra traveled to Turkey alone on January 7, 2013 to explore her hobby of photography. When a friend couldn’t make it, Sierra still decided to go.
According to Betzaida Jimenez, her daughter planned to head to the Galata Bridge, a popular tourist destination that runs across the Golden Horn Waterway.
“I was nervous, I didn’t want my daughter to go,” said Jimenez, however, the trip had passed smoothly with her daughter’s daily text messages and calls to friends and family.
There have been a string of wildfires burned across Australia’s south and east. The temperatures in New South wales was suppose to stay at 43 degrees Celsius. In Faharenheit terms, it going to be over 109 degress. There have been 90 fires that have been confirmed.
Tuesday suppose to be,” The worst fire danger day this state will have to face.” Normally Australia’s weather does not get this hot at this time of the year. Residents of Kaybean Valley, were told to evacuate the area immediately.
The island of Tasmania, Australia was hit the hardest. More than a 100 properties on the island have been destroyed. A total of 1,000 people were stranded, due to the wildfires.
There have not been any deaths confirmed, due to a lot of property damages. The fire fighters are still fighting these fires. All we can do is hope and pray, that everybody is okay.
While traveling southbound from Chicago, a double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar of an overpass on Interstate 55 killing one woman and injuring many others. Police have indentified the deceased woman as, Aditi R. Avhad, 26, and a citizen of India.
While holding over 60 passengers, the bus apparently blew a tire causing the vehicle to swerve directly into the center pillar. The accident, which occurred around 1:20 p.m. nearly 60 miles north of St. Louis, required 30 ambulances and five medical helicopters in order to complete the rescue. “There were all sorts of injuries, extremities, leg injuries, neck injuries,” explained State Police Capt. Scott Compton. “And there were several cuts to the heads and the legs and things like that.”
Injuring nearly half the passengers, the crash has sent at least 33 people to local area hospitals police reported. Megabus’s website has issued a statement promising to make arrangements for passengers to arrive at their destinations.
With a final vote of 21-16 the approval of a high-speed rail plan was decided. The deal consisted of $8 billion in funding to being the construction process. the rail will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. It will be over a 130-mile section through California’s agricultural area.
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown was in total favor of this plan. He believes it will create more jobs and help the highly popular state of California have less car and plane traffic. Along with Governor Brown, Unions too in support of this project. On the opposing side were the Republicans. They believe it is a waste of money that could be used other places such as healthcare or education.
Since the bill was approved the financing from the state and federal will include the issuance of $2.6 billion in state bonds, then $3.2 billion in federal funds. The federeal funds will help start the construction of the track in Central Valley. The construction is likely to being at the end of 2012, beginning of 2013. This bill was passed on Thursday with a 51-27 vote. It approves the spending of over $2 billion in federal, state, and local funds that will help start the building of the track in urban areas that will eventually connect statewide.
With California’s unemployment rate being 10.8 % this project will help that number decrease.
The project is expected to take decades to complete.
After 24-year-old Aimee Copeland fell while zip-lining leaving her with a gash in her leg, her life would never be the same
The beautiful Georgia girl battled a rare flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis causing her to lose her left leg, right foot and most of her hands.
However, after two months of fighting this horrible bacteria, Copeland finally gets to leave the hospital and take the next step in her life to recover from this as she was transferred to a rehabilitation center on Monday.
“She is very excited, like a kid going off to college,” said Copeland’s father in an interview with CNN.
Copeland’s sister, Paige, explained that her sister is just happy to be alive adding that she “relishes life” knowing that every day is a gift.
After going through such a hard and difficult time in her life, Copeland carries a mentality that all of us should remember that life is indeed a gift.