BERLIN (AP) — Europe’s aviation safety agency says a modified version of the Boeing 737 Max, incorporating multiple safety upgrades, has been approved to resume flights in Europe, following nearly two years of reviews after the aircraft was involved in two deadly crashes that saw the planes grounded worldwide. Changes mandated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, include a package of software upgrades, a reworking of the electrical system, maintenance checks, operations manual updates and new crew training. “We have reached a significant milestone on a long road,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said Wednesday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. gambling industry wants additional financial aid from the next round of coronavirus stimulus legislation, and promises to fight new or higher taxes on its operations as it works to recover from the pandemic. Bill Miller, president of the American Gaming Association, says the industry also wants liability protections as it continues to reopen amid the virus outbreak, and would like to see federal stimulus of tourism, including meetings and conventions. In an online speech Thursday, Miller predicted the gambling industry’s fortunes will improve this year, particularly in the second half, as more people become immunized and economic activity picks up.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Sen. Gary Peters will lead Democrats’ efforts to expand their current razor-thin Senate majority in 2022. Peters, who won a tough reelection race in the fall, will head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Next year, Democrats will have chances to pick up seats in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Democrats will need to protect incumbents in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and New Hampshire in the midterms, when Republicans have an opportunity to break Democrats’ monopoly on Congress. The Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker for Democrats.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government has welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to formally halt the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman argued on Friday that the troops’ stationing there is “in our mutual interest.” Last year, then-President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out about 9,500 of the roughly 34,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany, but the withdrawal never actually began. Biden said Thursday that the pullout would be halted until Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviews America’s troop presence around the globe. Trump announced the troop cuts after repeatedly accusing Germany of not paying enough for its own defense.