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Alaska Airlines 737 Plane Lands Safely After A Window Blows Out 3 Miles Over Oregon

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Shortly after takeoff three miles above Oregon, an Alaska Airlines plane blew off a window and a part of its fuselage, causing a gaping hole that sucked clothing off a toddler and prompted the pilots to make an emergency landing as its 174 passengers and six crew members donned breathing masks.

The depressurized airliner returned safely to Portland International Airport about 20 minutes after it took off, but the airline grounded its 65 Boeing 737-9 Max planes until they could be inspected. On Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it will also conduct an investigation.

According to passenger Evan Smith, a boy and his mother were sitting in the row when the window blew out, and the boy’s shirt was sucked off him and out of the plane.

“There was a loud bang at the left rear. “There was a whooshing sound, and all the oxygen masks instantly deployed, and everyone put those on,” Smith told KATU-TV.

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci stated that the company’s 737-9 fleet aircraft inspection could take several days. They account for one-fifth of the company’s 314 planes. It was unclear how this would affect the company’s flight schedule on Saturday.

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Alaska Airlines 737 Plane Lands Safely After A Window Blows Out 3 Miles Over Oregon

“We are working with Boeing and regulators to understand what occurred … and will share updates as more information is available,” Minicucci said. “My heart goes out to those who were on this flight – I am so sorry for what you experienced.”

According to the Port of Portland, which operates the airport, the fire department treated minor injuries at the scene. One person was sent for additional care but was not gravely injured.

Flight 1282 took off at 5:07 p.m. Friday from Portland for a two-hour flight to Ontario, California. The window and a portion of the fuselage blew out approximately six minutes later when the jet was at around 16,000 feet (4.8 kilometers). One of the pilots declared an emergency and requested permission to drop to 10,000 feet (3 kilometers), the level at which the air contains adequate oxygen for safe breathing.

‘We need to return to Portland,’ the pilot told controllers calmly, a tone she kept throughout the landing.

Passengers’ online videos revealed a large hole where the window had gone and passengers donning masks. They cheered as the jet safely landed 13 minutes after the window burst out. Firefighters then proceeded along the aisle, requesting passengers to remain seated as they attended to the injured.

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Alaska Airlines 737 Plane Lands Safely After A Window Blows Out 3 Miles Over Oregon

According to online FAA records, the aircraft concerned rolled off the assembly line and got certification barely two months ago. FlightRadar24, another tracking service, reported that the plane has flown 145 times since it began commercial service on November 11. The trip from Portland was the plane’s third flight of the day.

The Max is the most recent version of Boeing’s legendary 737, a twin-engine, single-aisle airliner regularly employed on domestic flights in the United States. The plane entered service in May of 2017.

The organization representing 19 airlines’ flight attendants, including Alaska Airlines, praised the crew for keeping customers safe.

“Flight Attendants are trained for emergencies, and we work every flight for aviation safety first and foremost,” the Association of Flight Attendants stated Saturday.

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Alaska Airlines 737 Plane Lands Safely After A Window Blows Out 3 Miles Over Oregon

Two Max 8 flights crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people and forcing the worldwide grounding of all Max 8 and Max 9 planes for over two years. Only after Boeing made adjustments to an automatic flight control system implicated in the incidents were the planes reinstated to service.

The FAA advised pilots last year to limit the use of an anti-ice system on the Max in dry conditions due to concerns that inlets around the engines could overheat and break away, potentially damaging the plane.

Max supplies have been halted at times to correct manufacturing problems. In December, the corporation advised airlines to assess the planes for a possible loose bolt in the rudder-control system.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder For NLRB To Win Court Orders In Labor Disputes

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Washington: In a decision sparked by a labor dispute with Starbucks, the Supreme Court on Thursday made it more difficult for the federal government to obtain court orders when it suspected a corporation of meddling in unionization efforts.

The justices raised the bar on when a federal court may require worker jobs to be protected during a union organizing drive.

A higher standard, pushed by Starbucks that must be satisfied in most other disputes over court orders or injunctions, was favored by the court unanimously over a provision that some courts had applied to orders requested by the National Labour Relations Board.

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Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder For NLRB To Win Court Orders In Labor Disputes

The National Labour Relations Act, which controls the agency, has, the NLRB had contended, permitted judges to issue temporary injunctions for over 75 years if they determined that the requests were “just and proper.” According to the agency, the statute was meant to restrict the power of the courts and does not need it to demonstrate any additional elements.

“Consistent federal standards are important in ensuring that employees know their rights and consistent labour practices are upheld no matter where in the country they work and live,” Starbucks stated after the ruling.

However, Lynne Fox, head of the union representing the workers, claimed that Starbucks should have abandoned the lawsuit as part of its more accommodating stance on union organizing initiatives. When their employers disobey the law, working people have very few options for self-defense. That makes today’s Supreme Court decision especially horrible, said Workers United president Fox.

Starbucks fired seven employees in February 2022 for attempting to organize their Tennessee location. The matter moved through the agency’s administrative procedures while the NLRB won a court order requiring the employer to rehire the employees. Two years may pass during such procedures.

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Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder For NLRB To Win Court Orders In Labor Disputes

Starbucks was ordered to rehire the employees in August 2022 by a temporary injunction issued by a district court judge who concurred with the NLRB. Starbucks appealed to the Supreme Court following the upholding of that decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to Workers United, the union organizing Starbucks workers, five of the seven workers are still employed at the Memphis store, while the other two continue involved with the organizing campaign. The Memphis store voted to unionize in June 2022.

As the case proceeded, antagonism between Workers United and Starbucks began to dissolve. The two parties declared in February that they would reopen talks to complete contract agreements this year, and they convened their first bargaining session in nearly a year in late April.

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Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder For NLRB To Win Court Orders In Labor Disputes

According to the NLRB, workers at 437 company-owned U.S. Starbucks cafes have voted to unionize since late 2021, but none of those stores has achieved a labor agreement with Starbucks.

Starbucks said it’s pursuing its goal of obtaining finalized contracts for those outlets this year.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Elon Musk Drops Lawsuit Against ChatGPT-Maker OpenAI Without Explanation

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SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk dismissed his lawsuit against OpenAI just before a scheduled hearing on Wednesday.

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Elon Musk Drops Lawsuit Against ChatGPT-Maker OpenAI Without Explanation

Musk sued the San Francisco artificial intelligence business and its CEO Sam Altman in February, accusing them of betraying the ChatGPT maker’s basic goals of serving humanity rather than maximising profits.

In the February lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, billionaire Musk claimed that when he bankrolled OpenAI’s creation, he reached an agreement with Altman and the president, Greg Brockman, to keep the AI company as a nonprofit that would develop technology for the public’s benefit and keep its code open rather than walling it off for private profit.

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Elon Musk Drops Lawsuit Against ChatGPT-Maker OpenAI Without Explanation

However, Musk claimed in the complaint that by embracing a tight relationship with Microsoft, OpenAI and its top executives “aflame” that pact and are “perverting” the company’s objective.

Most legal experts believe Musk’s accusations, which revolve around allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair business practices, are unlikely to succeed in court. Musk’s attorney submitted a notice on Tuesday seeking to dismiss the entire case. There was no explanation for why it was being dropped.

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Elon Musk Drops Lawsuit Against ChatGPT-Maker OpenAI Without Explanation

Musk’s lawyers and OpenAI did not immediately return calls for comment.

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American Investor Martin Shkreli Accused Of Copying And Sharing One-Of-A-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album

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NEW YORK — Martin Shkreli, an American investor, is facing a new lawsuit for allegedly storing and sharing recordings from a unique Wu-Tang Clan album that he was forced to sell after being convicted of securities fraud in 2017.

PleasrDAO, a cryptocurrency collective, filed the case on Monday after paying Shkreli $4.75 million for the only known copy of the album. The record, “Once Upon a Time is Shaolin,” has remained unreleased to the public, serving as a rare contemporary art piece since it was auctioned off by the renowned hip-hop group in 2015.

PleasrDAO accused Shkreli of violating their agreement by retaining digital copies of the album and circulating them extensively among his social media followers in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

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American Investor Martin Shkreli Accused Of Copying And Sharing One-Of-A-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album

They allude to his recent social media posts boasting of distributing the digital recordings to “thousands of people.” According to the lawsuit, Shkreli played bits of the album during a livestream he hosted on X over the weekend, referring to it as a “Wu tang official listening party.”

Shkreli has not responded to a request for comment.

The lawsuit is the latest twist in a unique record created in protest of music’s devaluation in the streaming era but purchased at auction by Shkreli, a man infamous for inflating the price of a life-saving prescription and his “Pharma Bro” reputation.

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American Investor Martin Shkreli Accused Of Copying And Sharing One-Of-A-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album

Following his conviction on securities fraud charges, Shkreli was compelled to sell the CD, which came in a hand-crafted silver and nickel casing and included a 174-page leather-bound book.

PleasrDAO stated that it purchased both the physical copy of the record and its digital rights in two transactions, in 2021 and 2024. They stated that Shkreli had erased all traces of the album’s files.

“Any dissemination of the Album’s music to the general public greatly diminishes and/or destroys the Album’s value, and significantly damages PleasrDAO’s reputation and ability to commercially exploit the Album,” the complaint claims.

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American Investor Martin Shkreli Accused Of Copying And Sharing One-Of-A-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album

As of last month, the record was on its way to Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art, which announced that it would begin hosting private listening sessions this week showcasing chosen album tracks.

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