Missing South Carolina girl found dead, police say
CAYCE, S.C. — Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old Cayce girl missing since Monday, has been found dead.Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said the girl’s body was found Thursday. He also announced that a male’s body was found, and authorities said the bodies were found near each other. No other details about Faye or the male, including his identity or age, were available.“It is with extremely heavy hearts we’re announcing we found a body the coroner identified as Faye Marie Swetlik,” Snellgrove said while choking back tears at a news conference.No arrests have been mad...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
A broken star: Family hopes Olympic hockey player Mark Pavelich's story helps others
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — He was once an American sports hero, a high-flying playmaker from Minnesota’s Iron Range who competed with the best hockey players in the world.Forty years ago this month, Mark Pavelich was thrust into the international spotlight when he passed the puck to a U.S. Olympic teammate for the game-winning goal over the powerful Soviet Union in an epic matchup forever remembered as the “Miracle on Ice.” Two days later, the U.S. won gold.But now, on a gray wintry day in the Cook County courthouse, Pavelich’s glory days were a distant memory.His once-thick brown hair was tousled ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Auto review: A fuel-sipping, high-performing Volvo SUV? It's real, but real pricey
2020 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Polestar: A high-performance, luxury SUV with a bit of fuel economy on the side?Price: $73,490 as tested; $645 for metallic paint and $800 for 22-inch wheels. (The base price for the Polestar is $71,050.) For comparison, a T5 Momentum front-wheel-drive model starts at $39,200.Marketer’s pitch: “Dynamic strength and style.”Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the “elegant interior design, spacious second-row seating, many standard safety technology features, and available as a plug-in hybrid.” It doesn’t like that it’s “not as fun to drive as most competitors, and too...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge threatens to order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers for California wildfire safety
The federal judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s criminal probation is considering ordering the beleaguered utility to order more tree trimmers in a move designed to enhance wildfire safety.U.S. District Judge William Alsup late Thursday told PG&E to explain why it’s still struggling to remove hazardous trees and limbs that could brush up against power lines and spark new fires.Alsup, in a written decision, said he might order PG&E to hire “sufficient crews and equipment to inspect and to trim and remove all vegetation” to comply with California law and the company’s own “wildfire mitigation plan.”A ...
The Sacramento Bee
Huge military exercise could jam GPS for small planes flying in the Southeast, FAA says
MIAMI — Some pilots could be flying blind in airspace over the Southeast and Caribbean this month, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.A military training exercise attributed to “Carrier Strike Group 4” — part of the U.S. Navy — is expected to jam GPS signals and other navigation systems intermittently from Jan. 16 to 24, the FAA said in a flight advisory Monday.“GPS testing… may result in unreliable or unavailable GPS signal,” the advisory states.Navigation from as low as 50 feet above ground up to Flight Level 400 (around 40,000 feet) could be affected, according to an FAA map s...
Boeing apologizes as internal memos reveal how workers spoke of deceiving regulators, airlines
Boeing released more than 100 pages of documents to Congress on Thursday detailing internal messages that reveal how, during certification of the 737 Max, company employees spoke of deceiving international air safety regulators and Boeing’s airline customers, and successfully fought off moves over several years to require anything but minimal pilot training for the new airplane.The documents also confirm that Boeing rejected a proposed system safety upgrade to the Max on the grounds that doing so would add cost by triggering a need for all pilots to have flight-simulator training to qualify to...
The Seattle Times
Many passengers in ride-hailing vehicles don't bother to buckle up in the back seat, sometimes with deadly consequences
WASHINGTON — When Uber driver Oguzhan Beliren picks up passengers in his Hyundai Sonata, they almost always buckle up in the front seat, and if they don’t, he reminds them to.But that’s not the case in the rear.“I’d say that 70 to 80% of my passengers don’t put on a seat belt in the back seat,” Beliren said during a ride on a December evening. “People don’t think they’re required to, and I don’t ask them to do it in back, unless there are kids sitting there or if the weather is bad.”While most people nowadays make sure children in the rear are in car seats or buckled up, it’s fairly common for...
Boeing redeploys workers as 737 MAX production in Renton prepares to shut down
About a dozen partially completed 737 MAX airplanes currently inside Boeing’s Renton plant will be finished before production comes to a complete stop in mid-January, the company told employees in an internal email message Monday.Meanwhile, some Boeing workers will be deployed either locally or as far as Victorville, Calif., to maintain the hundreds of MAX jets idled by the grounding, or to do other work.Beginning this week, approximately 3,000 workers out of the Renton site’s roughly 12,000 total — those directly involved in manufacturing, engineering and parts fabrication — will be temporari...
The Seattle Times
New Years deadliest holiday to be on roadways, study says
ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone’s New Years celebration is happy and healthy as a study finds the day to be the deadliest holiday of the year behind the wheel.Nearly 1,000 people died on U.S. roadways over a three-day period during the 2017 New Years celebration, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.About 31% of those deaths involved drunk drivers, the study showed.The numbers ring similarly as one looks back at previous New Years celebrations. Nearly 4,000 people died in drunk driving-related accidents within the month of December between 2012 and 2016, acco...
New study: Adaptive cruise-control and other driver-assistance systems may increase distracted driving
Drivers familiar with using adaptive cruise-control and other driver-assistance systems are more likely to drive while distracted, a new study says.The study found that drivers who own cars with the assistance technology are nearly twice as likely to engage in distracting behavior — such as texting, fidgeting with the radio or not keeping their eyes on the road — when the systems are turned on than when they are turned off.But the opposite was true with drivers new to the technology. They were less likely to engage in distracted driving when the systems were activated than when they were not.T...
The Seattle Times