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US: Boeing 787 is safe, but review set



Published: Sat, January 12, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

US: Boeing 787 is safe, but review set

WASHINGTON

The government stepped in Friday to assure the public that Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” is safe to fly, even as it launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other worrisome incidents this week.

The 787 is the aircraft maker’s newest and most technologically advanced airliner, and the company is counting heavily on its success.

A fire ignited Monday in the battery pack of an auxiliary power unit of a Japan Airlines 787 empty of passengers as the plane sat on the tarmac at Boston’s Logan International Airport. It took firefighters 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Also this week, a fuel leak delayed a flight from Boston to Tokyo of another Japan Airlines 787.

On Friday, Japan’s All Nippon Airways reported two new cases of problems with the aircraft.

Hostess selling bread brands to Flowers

NEW YORK

Hostess says it is selling most of its bread business, including the Wonder and Nature’s Pride brands, to Flowers Foods Inc. for $390 million.

The sale also includes 20 bakeries and 38 depots.

Hostess, which is based in Irving, Texas, announced in November that it was shutting down its business and selling its bread, snacks and cakes brands along with its 33 bakeries and other operations.

The company’s demise came after years of management turmoil and turnover.

Other brands included in the sale are Butternut, Home Pride, Merita and Beefsteak bread.

Flowers Foods is based in Thomasville, Ga.

Palms casino fined $1M in drug sting

LAS VEGAS

Gambling regulators are fining the Palms casino in Las Vegas $1 million for providing undercover agents with prostitutes and drugs, including cocaine and the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

The state Gaming Control Board detailed the transactions in a complaint filed Friday after agents conducted more than a dozen stings last March.

Among other offenses, the complaint says employees of the Palms Casino Resort agreed to sell agents $18,000 worth of cocaine.

Palms spokesman Alex Acuna says in a statement that the company is concerned and disappointed.

The $1 million fine must be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

The Palms also will pay $78,000 for investigation expenses.

US trade gap widens to $48.7B

WASHINGTON

The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports.

The trade gap widened 15.8 percent to $48.7 billion in November from October, the report noted. Imports grew 3.8 percent, led by gains in shipments of cellphones, including Apple’s new iPhone.

From wire reports


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