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What’s the Deal With That Inverted Yield Curve? A Sports Analogy Might Help

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The financial world has been atwitter about the inversion of the yield curve. It is a phenomenon in the bond market in which longer-term interest rates fall below shorter-term interest rates, and has historically been a warning sign that a recession could be on the way.

This all seems obvious to people who are steeped in bond market math and the workings of fixed-income markets, and can be completely perplexing to those who are not.

Maybe a sports gambling analogy will make the intuition clearer.

Any adult can walk into a casino and bet on how an N.F.L. team will do this year. For example, bettors once again expect the New England Patriots to be an excellent team — that they are likely to win 11 or 12 out of their 16 games. Casinos will let you wager on how many games they will win this season.

But what if casinos not only would let you bet on how a team will do this year, but how they will perform over the next, 2, 5, 10 or even 30 years? What would you pay for a betting slip that promises, say, a $10 payout for every Patriots regular season win in the next decade?

And what if you could then sell that slip to other gamblers, with its price rising and falling as bettors’ views on the outlook for the Patriots changes? Essentially, you could take the price that people are paying for those slips with different durations, and, with some simple math, figure out how many games bettors expect the team to win each year in the future.

That’s kind of what the bond market does with interest rates. Bonds that mature at different times are always trading on global markets, and with some fairly simple math you can figure out what the price of different bonds implies about how interest rates are expected to change over the coming years.

Interest rates are closely connected to the rate of economic growth and inflation. In boom times, lots of people want to borrow money, to expand their businesses, say, or buy houses. And the Federal Reserve will raise the interest rate that it controls in order to prevent the economy from overheating, resulting in inflation. When a slowdown comes, the process works in reverse.

If you buy, say, a 90-day Treasury bill, you are likely to receive an interest rate that is closely tied to whatever the Federal Reserve has currently set as its main target for interest rates in the banking system and any changes the Fed might make in the near future.

It’s like betting on next week’s game: We know a lot about what opponent your team is facing, how well they’ve been playing, whether there are injuries that are likely to affect the outcome.

But if you buy a 10-year Treasury note, you’re making a bet on the more distant future. The economy will probably change a lot over the next decade. You can’t predict exactly what will happen, but you are betting on the general direction of things: Do you expect the economy to heat up, creating inflation pressures and causing the Fed to raise rates? Or do you expect it cool down?

So purchase of a longer-term Treasury bond is like making one of those long-term bets with a casino on how a team will perform for many years to come. You have no idea what the details are of which players they will sign or who will be coaching the team. You are betting on the general direction.

How might that bet might look with two different teams?

The Arizona Cardinals were terrible last year, and most bettors expect them to be pretty bad this year as well: Vegas odds suggest they will only win five or six games. But they have drafted an exciting young quarterback (Kyler Murray) and hired a new coach.

Even if you’re not a believer in the Cardinals for this season, you could reasonably expect that they will get better in the coming years — that their future is better than their present. If most bettors believed that, you could tell that from the difference between the price of a 10-year Cardinals betting contract and a one-year Cardinals betting contract — it might reveal, for example, that the team is expected to go from winning 5 games this year to 9 games two or three years from now.

Or consider the Patriots. They have been the best team in the game for the past two decades, but their quarterback, Tom Brady, is 42 years old, and their coach, Bill Belichick, is 67. It would be reasonable to expect the team to decline over the next decade after these stars retire.

The prices of the Patriots one-year contract, in other words, would probably reflect greater optimism than their 10-year contract.

Essentially, the relative prices of those short-term versus long-term betting contracts would tell you whether a team is viewed as likely to be on the upswing or the downswing — not necessarily today but at some point in the next few years.

That’s exactly what the yield curve is doing: It is telling us the difference between shorter-term and longer-term interest rates, and hence whether investors expect the economy to get better or worse in the years ahead. Our fictional Patriots yield curve is inverted, and so is the actual United States Treasury bond yield curve.

[Here’s more about the yield curve and the 3-D rendering that appears with this article.]

The moves in the bond market over the last nine months and especially the last couple of weeks are the equivalent of what would happen if Mr. Brady and Mr. Belichick both announced that this would be their last season before retiring. The current outlook remains stable, but the outlook for the coming decade has gotten worse.

Longer-term rates below shorter term rates are a clear signal from bond investors that they think the United States economy is on the downswing — that its future looks worse than its present.

It’s the opposite of times like 2009, when the economy was in recession and the yield curve pointed to future improvement. At those moments, the United States more resembled the Cardinals, a bad team but with room to improve in the coming years and (potentially) the tools to do it.

The good news is that this is merely the best guess of investors with trillions of dollars on the line. It could be wrong. Maybe the Patriots will pluck another Brady-esque quarterback in the draft, Mr. Belichick will coach until he is 80, and the team will remain a perennial Super Bowl contender. Market prices can be wrong!

And similarly, maybe the negative signals about the global economy will turn out to be overdone, and the United States economy will continue improving despite what the yield curve is suggesting now.

A lot of surprising things can happen in one N.F.L. season, let alone across years of them. That’s even more true for the global economy.

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John Hickenlooper Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, he announced Thursday.

“Today, I’m ending my campaign for president,” he said in a videotaped statement. “But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together.”

The announcement came as Hickenlooper appeared unlikely to qualify for the September primary debate.

Hickenlooper may turn to the Senate in 2020, as he is considered a strong candidate to run against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

“I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate,” Hickenlooper said. “They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought.”

In a crowded field of candidates, Hickenlooper was notable for his loud opposition to the term “socialism” and for his unusual path to politics. Before his two terms as Denver mayor ― the office he held before becoming governor ― Hickenlooper worked in the private sector, first as a geologist for oil companies, and later opening a brewpub in Denver.

His two terms as governor were marked by passing progressive policies in a purple state, though during the 2020 Democratic primary his positions were squarely moderate relative to some others in the left-leaning field.

Since announcing his presidential bid in March, Hickenlooper has failed to gain traction. He was not the only moderate candidate in the fie, often overlooked by those who might gravitate toward former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). In fact, he wasn’t even the only candidate from Colorado, with Sen. Michael Bennet also in the running.

At the California Democratic Party State Convention in June, Hickenlooper was loudly booed for saying that “socialism is not the answer.”

Despite the negative response, he held firm to that position at the first Democratic debate, often going after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has touted democratic socialism as the future of the party.

“Well, I think that the bottom line is, if we don’t clearly define that we are not socialists, the Republicans are going to come at us every way they can and call us socialists,” he said onstage.

HuffPost polling data released shortly after the debate indicated that Hickenlooper had again failed to stand out.

In July, his campaign troubles continued as five key staffers — including his campaign manager and national finance director — said they would be leaving his campaign.

In the debate later that month, Hickenlooper again went after Sanders, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who shares many the Vermont senator’s more sweeping progressive views. 

But again, polling data following the debate showed Warren and Sanders getting the better of the exchange. Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters who tuned in were 15 percentage points likelier to say it worsened rather than improved their opinions of Hickenlooper.

Coming into the race, Hickenlooper always knew his candidacy was considered a long shot.

“I’m sure you’ve seen many of the same stories I did. ‘What chance does he have?’ And, ‘He doesn’t take a strong enough position on this or that,’” Hickenlooper told Politico just weeks after launching his campaign. “Which is sort of how science works, right? You don’t jump to snap judgments. You try to make sure you get all the facts, and think it through, then make better decisions.”

Though his campaign fell out of touch with Democratic voters, Hickenlooper remained firm in his stances throughout the race, embracing his role as the critic of socialism.

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Israel blocks Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering country

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President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers, Jared Kushner, and Jason Greenblatt met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the Trump administration’s long-awaited plan for Mideast peace. (May 30) AP

WASHINGTON – Israeli officials said Thursday they would bar two American members of Congress, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., from visiting the country — shortly after President Donald Trump encouraged Israel to take that extraordinary step.

Trump has bitterly feuded with the two women over Israel and other issues, and on Thursday, he ramped up that domestic political spat by saying Israel would be weak if it allowed Omar and Tlaib to visit and accusing them of being anti-Semitic.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” 

Omar and Tlaib had planned to travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank, among other stops, this weekend.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is engaged in a bruising re-election fight, announced the decision less than two hours after Trump’s provocative tweet.

“Congressmen Talib and Omar are leading activists in promoting boycott legislation against Israel in the US Congress,” Netanyahu wrote in a tweet of his own Thursday. “Only a few days ago, we received their visitation plan, and it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and negate Israel’s legitimacy.”

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Spokesmen for Omar and Tlaib did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel’s decision — a reversal from its previous position on the visit — came despite last-minute entreaties from House Democratic leaders to allow Omar and Tlaib to travel to Israel. The move sparked a fierce backlash from Democrats in Congress who said it would hurt U.S.-Israel relations.

“This action reflects weakness, not strength,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Hoyer said he spoke with Netanyahu on Wednesday and urged him to allow Omar and Tlaib’s visit to go forward.

“The Israeli government should seek to engage these members of Congress in a dialogue regarding Israel’s security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians,” Hoyer said.  

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, a Jewish Democrat from New York and staunch supporter of Israel, said the decision would only fuel anti-Israel sentiment.

“If Israel’s government hopes to win the support of American lawmakers across the political spectrum, then this visit could have been an opportunity to share views and make a case for why American support for Israel is so important,” Engel said. “Instead, refusing entry to members of Congress looks like Israel closing itself off to criticism and dialogue. This decision will only strengthen the anti-Israel movements and arguments many of us find so troubling, further politicize support for Israel in the United States, and ultimately play right into the hands of Israel’s enemies.” 

Just last month, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S, Ron Dermer, said the two congresswomen would be allowed to visit Israel “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.” 

Omar and Tlaib — the first elected Muslim women to serve in Congress — have been sharply critical of Trump on a broad range of issues. Omar has sparked particular controversy because of her outspoken opposition to the Trump administration’s foreign policy and her remarks about the influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in the U.S., which many said played into anti-Semitic tropes. 

Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. Omar was born in Somalia, fleeing that country’s civil war with her family when she was 8 years old.

The two Democrats have also expressed support for a boycott movement targeting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. They have both said their views are based on policy disagreements, not any anti-Jewish sentiment.

Netanyahu defended the decision on Thursday, saying it was not about silencing critics of Israel. 

“There is no country in the world that respects the US and the US Congress more than the State of Israel,” the prime minister tweeted. “As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to any critic and criticism, with one exception: Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel.”

In March 2017, the Knesset, Israeli’s legislature, passed a law requiring the interior minister to ban foreign nationals from entering Israel if they publicly expressed support for boycotting Israel. 

Netanyahu said Talib might be allowed to visit her family in the West Bank, “subject to a commitment that she would not act to promote the boycotts against Israel.” That decision would be made by Israel’s interior minister, he said.

More: Netanyahu to Omar: ‘From this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins!’

Netanyahu’s decision even drew a rebuke from the powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. 

“We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace (boycott) movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution,” AIPAC said in a statement. “We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.”

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Danny Masterson, Church of Scientology sued for alleged rape cover-up, stalking

Four women who previously accused actor Danny Masterson of rape have reportedly filed a lawsuit against him and also the Church of Scientology alleging that they were stalked and harassed by church members.

The women reported their cases to the LAPD in late 2016 and early 2017 regarding attacks that allegedly took place in the early 2000s. Masterson, who has denied the allegations several times and is a well-known Scientologist, is the subject of an ongoing investigation into the matter by police. However, his accusers are now taking legal action of their own.

“Once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused me and my family.”

— Danny Masterson

One of the plaintiffs in the suit is Marie Bobette Riales, who dated the actor in the past. Masterson told Fox News in a statement that the lawsuit is “beyond ridiculous.”

“I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years,” Masterson said via his attorney. “I will beat her in court — and look forward to it because the public will finally be able learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the damage they caused me and my family.”

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Danny Masterson has denied rape and sexual assault allegations against him for years. He and the Church of Scientology are now being sued for allegedly harassing and stalking his accusers. (AP)

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Masterson was fired from his role on the Netflix series “The Ranch” and dropped by his agents over the allegations.

The Church of Scientology is mentioned in the suit because the accusers, two of whom chose to remain anonymous and three of whom were former church members, claim they were targeted by the organization as retaliation after making their allegations public.

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According to Variety, Riales claims members from the Church of Scientology are stalking her, reportedly breaking a window in her 13-year-old daughter’s room in the middle of the night, vandalizing the food truck that she owns and posting false negative reviews or sales ads for the truck.

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Another plaintiff, Chrissie Bixler, a former Scientologist, reportedly claims church members chased her in her car, filmed her without permission, harassed her online and had false credit schemes and ads soliciting sex posted on her behalf to social media. The outlet notes she also claims her dog died unexpectedly shortly after the alleged October 2017 car chase due to “traumatic injuries to her trachea and esophagus.”

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The church, however, denies the allegations and points to one of its biggest detractors, Leah Remini, as the one pushing the alleged smear campaign.

“From everything we have read in the press, this baseless lawsuit will go nowhere because the claims are ludicrous and a sham. It’s a dishonest and hallucinatory publicity stunt. Leah Remini is taking advantage of these people as pawns in her moneymaking scam,” litigation counsel for the Church of Scientology International told Fox News in a statement.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Remini, an actress and former Scientologist, will end her award-winning series “Scientology and the Aftermath” with a two-hour special that will, in part, explore the Masterson case.

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Black hole at Milky Way’s center seen behaving strangely

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The black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is behaving strangely, according to astronomers.

In May, scientists observing Sagittarius A, as the black hole is known, saw something unique taking place in the matter around it.

“The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far,” Tuan Do, an astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the new study, said in a statement on Twitter. “It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night!”

According to Space.com, his hypothesis is based on the fact that, when the astronomers focused on the area on May 13, they saw relatively high brightness decreasing, suggesting that the black hole had passed an unknown peak that was even brighter.

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The researchers’ paper states that the recent flare brought Sagittarius A to twice the brightness of the highest previous measurement up to that point.

Do and his colleagues used the Keck telescopes on the top of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, which have the power to see the world in near infrared light.

Their theory is reportedly that the black hole flare could have been triggered by the close passage of either a star called S0-2 or a dusty object called G2.

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Southwest adding new $99 Hawaii flights in January: Sacramento-Honolulu, Oakland-Kona

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Southwest Airlines celebrated its inaugural Hawaiian flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, with a blessing, hula dancers and more. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY

Southwest Airlines plans to boost its Hawaii service in late January, with new daily nonstop flights from California to Kauai and the Big Island, and its first flights from Sacramento to Honolulu.

The airline, which began service to Hawaii in March, is also more than doubling the number of interisland flights, from 16 to 34,  including new flights between Honolulu and Kauai and Honolulu and Hilo, on the Big Island.

Tickets for thenew routes go on sale Thursday and can be booked on Southwest’s website. The airline is offering introductory fares starting at $99 for travel between Sacramento and Honolulu and Oakland and Kona. USA TODAY also found some $99 fares for San Jose-Kauai. However, most flights between San Jose and Kona and Oakland and Kauai started at $183. 

The fine print: The cheapest fares are offered only on nonstop flights from California for travel on Tuesday or Wednesday; depending on the route, seats are limited and tickets must be purchased in advance for travel between Jan. 21 and March 4. Southwest’s schedule is open only through March 6 so the offers won’t cover spring break for most travelers.

Southwest offered one-way fares of $49 when tickets for the first wave of Hawaii flights went on sale and they quickly sold out, thrilling passengers who nabbed a bargain and frustrating those who missed out.

Review: We flew Southwest to Hawaii and took Hawaiian Airlines back

Why can’t East Coat and Midwest travelers book return flights from Hawaii on Southwest? The airline doesn’t offer red-eye flights (yet)

Details on new Southwest flights to Hawaii

Sacramento-Honolulu: Daily service begins Jan. 19.

Oakland-Kona: Flights begin Jan. 19 and will be offered four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).

Oakland-Kauai (Lihue Airport): Flights begin Jan. 21 and will be offered three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).

San Jose-Kauai: Flights begin Jan. 19 and will be offered four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).

San Jose-Kona: Flights begin Jan. 21 and will be offered three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).

Honolulu-Kauai: Four daily flights beginning Jan. 19 

Honolulu-Hilo: Four daily flights beginning Jan. 19

Maui-Kona: Daily service begins Jan. 19. 

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737 Max grounding delayed rollout

The new Hawaii flights are coming much later than Southwest planned due to a double whammy: the government shutdown and the extended grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet. 

The airline initially announced plans to offer flights from four California cities to four Hawaiian islands. But service has been limited to two California cities, Oakland and San Jose, and two Hawaiian islands, Oahu and Maui, plus interisland flights. 

That changes in January with the addition of Sacramento the third city. Southwest said Thursday that details on flights from San Diego will be announced at a later date.

The shutdown delayed the launch of service because Southwest was awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval for long overwater flights.

The Max grounding on March 13 following two crashes that killed 346 passengers and crew delayed the planned addition of more Hawaii flights because Southwest had to park its 34 Max planes and use planes earmarked for new Hawaii flights to cover existing routes. 

Southwest did not use the 737 Max on its Hawaii flights, but the airline has said it hopes to include it on some routes in the future. United used a Max on some Hawaii flights before the aircraft was grounded.

No, that’s not a Max flight you’re onSouthwest ditches shared safety information card to avoid Max confusion 

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in July that the airline’s burgeoning Hawaii business could no longer wait on the 737 Max to be recertified. Instead, it made other moves to free up planes, including ending flights to and from Newark, New Jersey.

“Adding Hawaii and quickly becoming relevant is strategic for us and this move better supports execution of that strategy,” he said on the airline’s earnings conference call.

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Southwest adding new $99 Hawaii flights in January: Sacramento-Honolulu, Oakland-Kona

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Southwest Airlines celebrated its inaugural Hawaiian flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, with a blessing, hula dancers and more. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY

Southwest Airlines plans to boost its Hawaii service in late January, with new daily nonstop flights from California to Kauai and the Big Island, and its first flights from Sacramento to Honolulu.

The airline, which began service to Hawaii in March, is also more than doubling the number of interisland flights, from 16 to 34,  including new flights between Honolulu and Kauai and Honolulu and Hilo, on the Big Island.

Tickets for thenew routes go on sale Thursday and can be booked on Southwest’s website. The airline is offering introductory fares starting at $99 for travel between Sacramento and Honolulu and Oakland and Kona. USA TODAY also found some $99 fares for San Jose-Kauai. However, most flights between San Jose and Kona and Oakland and Kauai started at $183. 

The fine print: The cheapest fares are offered only on nonstop flights from California for travel on Tuesday or Wednesday; depending on the route, seats are limited and tickets must be purchased in advance for travel between Jan. 21 and March 4. Southwest’s schedule is open only through March 6 so the offers won’t cover spring break for most travelers.

Southwest offered one-way fares of $49 when tickets for the first wave of Hawaii flights went on sale and they quickly sold out, thrilling passengers who nabbed a bargain and frustrating those who missed out.

Review: We flew Southwest to Hawaii and took Hawaiian Airlines back

Why can’t East Coat and Midwest travelers book return flights from Hawaii on Southwest? The airline doesn’t offer red-eye flights (yet)

Details on new Southwest flights to Hawaii

Sacramento-Honolulu: Daily service begins Jan. 19.

Oakland-Kona: Flights begin Jan. 19 and will be offered four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).

Oakland-Kauai (Lihue Airport): Flights begin Jan. 21 and will be offered three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).

San Jose-Kauai: Flights begin Jan. 19 and will be offered four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).

San Jose-Kona: Flights begin Jan. 21 and will be offered three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).

Honolulu-Kauai: Four daily flights beginning Jan. 19 

Honolulu-Hilo: Four daily flights beginning Jan. 19

Maui-Kona: Daily service begins Jan. 19. 

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737 Max grounding delayed rollout

The new Hawaii flights are coming much later than Southwest planned due to a double whammy: the government shutdown and the extended grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet. 

The airline initially announced plans to offer flights from four California cities to four Hawaiian islands. But service has been limited to two California cities, Oakland and San Jose, and two Hawaiian islands, Oahu and Maui, plus interisland flights. 

That changes in January with the addition of Sacramento the third city. Southwest said Thursday that details on flights from San Diego will be announced at a later date.

The shutdown delayed the launch of service because Southwest was awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval for long overwater flights.

The Max grounding on March 13 following two crashes that killed 346 passengers and crew delayed the planned addition of more Hawaii flights because Southwest had to park its 34 Max planes and use planes earmarked for new Hawaii flights to cover existing routes. 

Southwest did not use the 737 Max on its Hawaii flights, but the airline has said it hopes to include it on some routes in the future. United used a Max on some Hawaii flights before the aircraft was grounded.

No, that’s not a Max flight you’re onSouthwest ditches shared safety information card to avoid Max confusion 

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in July that the airline’s burgeoning Hawaii business could no longer wait on the 737 Max to be recertified. Instead, it made other moves to free up planes, including ending flights to and from Newark, New Jersey.

“Adding Hawaii and quickly becoming relevant is strategic for us and this move better supports execution of that strategy,” he said on the airline’s earnings conference call.

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Bernie Sanders And Cardi B Discuss How To End Police Brutality

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The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday released an 11-minute video of pop superstar Cardi B interviewing Sanders about a range of topics, including police brutality, immigration policy and worker pay.

The Afro-Latina rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, endorsed Sanders in the 2016 election and lamented last month that “we let him down in 2016.” Both Sanders and Cardi were born and raised in New York City.

Cardi B, who supports Sanders’ proposals of “Medicare for All” and tuition-free public college, is backing the Vermont senator again this election cycle. The pair sat down in July for a heart-to-heart discussion at the TEN Nail Bar, a nail salon owned by Black women in Detroit.

The conversation, which the Sanders campaign had been hyping, included its share of lighthearted banter and production flourishes, such as camera pans across the salon.

But with Cardi B asking the questions ― which she said were sourced from her fans ― the discussion was almost entirely substantive, giving Sanders a chance to pitch Cardi B’s massive following on his left-leaning proposals.

The pop star first asked Sanders how he would address police brutality against Black men and other people of color.

“It makes us feel like we’re worthless. We constantly see our men getting killed, every day,” she said. “And it seems like nobody cares, nobody’s sympathizing, nobody’s talking about it.”

“Obviously, we need to end all forms of racism in this country ― from Donald Trump down to the local police department,” Sanders replied.

“We have something like one out of four young Black men in this country end up in the criminal justice system,” he continued. “They may end up in jail, they may end up on parole, they may end up on probation, whatever it is. That is disgusting and beyond belief.”

He went on to lay out a three-pronged approach to the problem: improving education and job access to prevent crime at its roots; task the Department of Justice with investigating when police kill someone; and use the power of the federal government to ensure that police departments “look like the community that they serve, not like an oppressive army.”

“We get rid of a lot of this militarization in the police department, which is a form of intimidating people in the community,” Sanders said.

Watch the full video below.

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Philadelphia police shooting suspect has ‘extensive’ criminal history, commissioner says

The man accused of opening fire on Philadelphia police officers, wounding six and triggering an hours-long standoff that stretched into the night, has been arrested at least a dozen times since turning 18 — a rap sheet the city’s top cop described as an “extensive” criminal history.

With his hands in the air and a police light illuminating his every movement, alleged gunman Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the north Philadelphia neighborhood home he’d barricaded himself in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours Wednesday negotiating with Hill over the phone, said the situation that unfolded “could have been far worse.”

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Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities just after midnight after the shooting and hours-long standoff. (Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith via AP)

“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” to prison, Ross told reporters early Thursday regarding some of Hill’s alleged statements. “Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant. In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system. This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”

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Court documents obtained by FOX29 show Hill’s lengthy criminal history, including a least a dozen arrests since he turned 18.

The 36-year-old has been in and out of prison since 2002 after convictions for such crimes as illegal possession of guns and aggravated assault, according to the documents obtained by FOX29.

In 2013, Hill was convicted of perjury and was sentenced to seven months of probation. Records obtained by FOX29 also showed dozens of serious charges over the years that were later withdrawn in court.

Hill also spent time in federal prison, pleading guilty to federal firearms violations in 2008 after he was caught with a Smith & Wesson .357 and a Taurus PT .45 semiautomatic, according to court records obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior felony convictions should have kept him from owning those weapons, and a federal judge sentenced him to four years and seven months in prison, the Inquirer reported.

Hill’s former attorney Shaka Johnson, who represented the 36-year-old in a number of previous cases over the past five years that were mostly of a drug-related nature, told FOX29 he answered the phone at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and heard Hill on the other end. Johnson said early Thursday that Hill’s first words on the phone were, “I need help.”

“They’re going to kill me. They’re going to kill me,” Johnson recalled Hill saying over the phone.

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A police officer patrols the block near a house as they investigate an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke))

Johnson, who is a former SWAT officer, said his former client was concerned about his own safety, but also about the wellbeing of his family — including a newborn daughter. Johnson said the police commissioner gave him 30 minutes to convince his former client to surrender peacefully.

“Mr. Hill and I talked about this. They don’t typically, in scenarios like this, take black defendants into custody.  This is what he and I talked about on the phone,” Johnson told FOX29. “I said, ‘My man, this is looking pretty grave for you. The world is watching. That may be one of the things giving police some pause because the world is watching. Use this time wisely.’”

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The shooting started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after officers had entered a home to serve a narcotics warrant. The gunman and police traded shots for hours.

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Philadelphia police stage as they respond to an active shooting situation, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Six officers were shot, but have been released from hospitals. Two officers had been trapped in the house during the standoff but were safely evacuated. Ross said Thursday morning he does not believe the gunman knew two police officers were trapped upstairs in the home along with three civilians.

In addition to the phone call with the attorney, the city’s top cop said that the tear gas ultimately caused the gunman to come out early Thursday. The gunman was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then placed into custody.

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The shooting caused Temple University to lock down part of its campus, and several children and staff members were trapped for some time in a nearby daycare. Police have not yet announced formal charges against Hill in Wednesday’s shooting.

President Trump, who was briefed on the shooting, tweeted Thursday morning the shooter “should have never been on the streets.”

“He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police,” the president said. “Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders And Cardi B Discuss How To End Police Brutality

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The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday released an 11-minute video of pop superstar Cardi B interviewing Sanders about a range of topics, including police brutality, immigration policy and worker pay.

The Afro-Latina rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, endorsed Sanders in the 2016 election and lamented last month that “we let him down in 2016.” Both Sanders and Cardi were born and raised in New York City.

Cardi B, who supports Sanders’ proposals of “Medicare for All” and tuition-free public college, is backing the Vermont senator again this election cycle. The pair sat down in July for a heart-to-heart discussion at the TEN Nail Bar, a nail salon owned by Black women in Detroit.

The conversation, which the Sanders campaign had been hyping, included its share of lighthearted banter and production flourishes, such as camera pans across the salon.

But with Cardi B asking the questions ― which she said were sourced from her fans ― the discussion was almost entirely substantive, giving Sanders a chance to pitch Cardi B’s massive following on his left-leaning proposals.

The pop star first asked Sanders how he would address police brutality against Black men and other people of color.

“It makes us feel like we’re worthless. We constantly see our men getting killed, every day,” she said. “And it seems like nobody cares, nobody’s sympathizing, nobody’s talking about it.”

“Obviously, we need to end all forms of racism in this country ― from Donald Trump down to the local police department,” Sanders replied.

“We have something like one out of four young Black men in this country end up in the criminal justice system,” he continued. “They may end up in jail, they may end up on parole, they may end up on probation, whatever it is. That is disgusting and beyond belief.”

He went on to lay out a three-pronged approach to the problem: improving education and job access to prevent crime at its roots; task the Department of Justice with investigating when police kill someone; and use the power of the federal government to ensure that police departments “look like the community that they serve, not like an oppressive army.”

“We get rid of a lot of this militarization in the police department, which is a form of intimidating people in the community,” Sanders said.

Watch the full video below.

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