WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief of staff on Tuesday took responsibility for not sending a top U.S. official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in the French capital earlier this month.
Denis McDonough said in a television interview that it was his decision not to send the president or a high-level American representative to the Jan. 11 march, where the U.S. absence drew criticism.
WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on
Thursday fined Southwest Airlines Co $1.6 million in
what it said was the biggest civil penalty levied against an
airline so far for violating rules barring long waits for
passengers in planes on the runway.
The Department of Transportation said Southwest had failed
to abide by the rules last January when 16 of its aircraft were
delayed on the tarmac at Chicago Midway International Airport.
Passengers were not given the chance to get off the planes after
three hours, and the airline did not have enough staff in place
to avoid the delays, it said.