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Southwest’s White-Knuckle Ride in Focus as NTSB Probes Engine

Passengers aboard a crippled Southwest Airlines Co. jetliner endured a tense, bumpy, 22-minute ride after an engine failed and hurled a hail of shrapnel that blew out a window, causing the death of a woman. The plane banked hard to the left by 41 degrees moments after the engine shutdown and its smooth exterior tore loose, dramatically increasing wind drag, saidNational Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. That’s about twice the maximum bank that a traveler is likely to experience on a typical flight, he said at a briefing in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Southwest Airlines jet with the damanged engine at Philadelphia International Airport on April 17. Photographer: Dominick Reuter/AFP via Getty Images Pilots on Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas were able to level the ai...

Trump Trades ‘Fire and Fury’ for Diplomacy to Set Up Kim Meeting

President Donald Trump is methodically laying the groundwork for a landmark meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a sharp contrast to the haphazard process that has followed previous policy announcements. The White House’s preparations, including an unannounced trip to Pyongyang a few weeks ago by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, indicate that the meeting is increasingly likely to occur by early June — an ambitious timeline originally met with skepticism by many Korea experts and even some within the administration after Trump accepted Kim’s invitation last month. The two sides are working out sticky details of timing and location for the meeting while cooling their rhetoric. A handful of countries are under consideration, including Sweden, Switzerland and in Southeast Asia, accordi...

The Five Men Who Could Be Singapore’s Next (Young) Leader

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 66, has said he will reshuffle his cabinet soon and is widely expected to do so before Parliament reconvenes on May 7. The impending changes will increase the focus on a group of younger ministers — with an average age of about 50 — equipping them with more exposure and added responsibilities. Lee has signaled he doesn’t want to stay in power beyond the age of 70, and speculation on who his successor might be is intensifying. His People’s Action Party has been in power since Singapore’s independence in 1965, and is expected to rule for the foreseeable future. What the current contenders end up doing in the revamped cabinet will be watched as a signal of where they stand and how the gaps in their experience are being plugged. The next ge...

McCain Recovering From Surgery in Phoenix, Office Says

Phoenix (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain’s office says he’s had intestinal surgery needed to stem an infection and is in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital. The longtime Republican senator has been undergoing physical therapy related to brain cancer treatment at his family home near Sedona, Arizona, since December. He previously said he was planning to return to Washington in January but has remained at home. The senator’s office announced Monday that he had surgery the previous day at the Mayo Clinic. Staff members for the 2008 GOP presidential candidate say the surgery was related to diverticulitis, a condition where the colon develops small bulges that can sometimes become infected. McCain has had frequent visits from family, friends and Senate colleagues. https:...

Robert Mercer Got a New Badge. The Sheriff Got a New Dodge Ram

Robert Mercer, the New York hedge fund manager and backer of President Donald Trump, is flashing a new badge. For most of the past six years, Mercer was a volunteer policeman in the tiny town of Lake Arthur, New Mexico, an arrangement that allowed him to carry a concealed weapon in any U.S. state under a law that applies only to law-enforcement officers. As Bloomberg Businessweek reported last month, Mercer gave up his New Mexico badge for undisclosed reasons in September. The mayor of Lake Arthur shut the volunteer program last week. Robert Mercer Photographer: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via Getty Images But the 71-year-old financier is still in the law-enforcement game. Last week, a lawyer for the office of Sheriff Chad Day of Yuma County, Colorado, confirmed that Mercer is a v...

Comey Says Trump Is ‘Morally Unfit’ to Be President

Donald Trump is “morally unfit” to be president, former FBI Director James Comey said in a highly anticipated prime-time interview Sunday, adding that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the Russian government has incriminating information about the president. “I think it’s possible. I don’t know,” Comey said in an interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, when asked whether Trump has been “compromised” by the Russians. “These are more words I never thought I’d utter about a president of the United States, but it’s possible.” Comey said that he had concluded during the presidential campaign that Trump was dishonest. Americans should be united, he said, in the idea that “our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country....

Spokesman: Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Failing Health

Houston (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday. “Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release. McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition. “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,...

How 105 Missiles Show Assad’s Future Is Safe

“Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more Hours after more than 100 cruise missiles slammed into Syria, a confident President Bashar al-Assad, dressed in a dark suit and tie, strode through the gates of his palace. “The aggression will only increase Syria’s determination,” Assad said in his first comments after the strike. While the attack by the U.S., Britain and France destroyed military positions and research facilities linked to chemical weapons, it did little to degrade Assad’s capacity to wage war, or target the fighters from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah supporting him. The action has underlined that the NATO powers won’t tolerate the use of chemical weapons. But it...

U.S. Labor Board’s Holocaust Commemoration Goes Awry

By Josh Eidelson April 13, 2018, 3:23 PM EDT Updated on April 13, 2018, 9:41 PM EDT To acknowledge Holocaust Days of Remembrance this week, the National Labor Relations Board sent a mass email to its employees noting the date “to honor and remember” the victims. It also highlighted the work of several related nonprofits, including Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Anne Frank Center in New York. Two days later, the agency backtracked, saying the inclusion of the New York center had been a “mistake.” Turns out the center, a small non-profit organization that’s independent of the Amsterdam museum and the Swiss group that has rights to the teenage Holocaust victim’s letters, photographs and famous diary, has drawn national attention ...

Trump Lawyer Arranged GOP Fundraiser’s Payment to Playmate

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to President Donald Trump who arranged a nondisclosure payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, also helped a top Republican donor negotiate a payment to a former Playboy Playmate. The fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, agreed in late 2017 to pay $1.6 million to the woman, who said she had been impregnated by him, according to a person familiar with the matter. Broidy, in a statement Friday, said that he retained Cohen in the matter after the lawyer approached him about it. The agreement was first reported to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter. Broidy and Cohen serve as deputy fundraising chairs for the Republican National Committee, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The deal prohibited the Los A...

Bribes Lose Their Fizz as Angolan President Targets Corruption

Corruption used to be so widespread in Angola that “gasosa,” the Portuguese word for a fizzy drink, became a common term for bribes. Now, President Joao Lourenco is on a drive to change that — and the son of his predecessor could soon be put on trial. Popularly known as the “terminator,” Lourenco is one of several African leaders who have put fighting graft at the center stage of their policies, pledging to dismantle corrupt business networks that have undermined state revenue. South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo have also encouraged the prosecution of corrupt officials and criticized citizens for normalizing a culture of bribery. Angolan capital, Launda Photographer: Simon Dawson Lourenco, 64, has some way to go. Angola consistently r...

In New Book, Comey Blasts Untruthful, ‘Ego-driven’ Trump

Washington (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and “untethered to truth” in a sharply critical new book that describes Trump as fixated in the early days of his administration on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he insisted were untrue but could distress his wife. In the forthcoming book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.” He also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election. He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally r...