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LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdown

LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdownOne of New York City's main airports has been partially shut by federal authorities, owing to a lack of air traffic controllers during the government shutdown. LaGuardia airport, which serves 30 million passengers a year, was ordered to reduce its service due to a lack of staff. Authorities have implemented a "ground delay" programme, meaning that planes leaving the airport face serious delays of 60-90 minutes. Flights which are yet to take off to the airport have been halted. Flights mid-air were still able to land. The federal aviation authority (FAA) says the delay is only temporary, to deal with the problem. “There is a traffic management programme in effect for traffic arriving LaGuardia Airport,” the FAA said. “This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 41 minutes.” The stop was ordered shortly before 10 am as the partial government shutdown has entered its 35th day. A shortage of workers at an air traffic control facility in the Washington DC area prompted the agency to order a ground stop at LaGuardia, one of the country’s busiest transportation hubs. A day before, airline executives warned that the shutdown was pushing aviation to "tipping point". Flights out of Philadelphia and Newark were also delayed owing to shortages. The government shutdown, amid a row over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall, is now in its 35th day, with no end in sight. #FAA Statement: Staffing Update pic.twitter.com/CMVcyTNSz5— The FAA (@FAANews) January 25, 2019 Airport security staff have been calling in sick to avoid working without pay. Some employees have been asked to work overtime to make up for the staff shortages, but there are legal requirements for breaks and rest between shifts. Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, wrote to Mr Trump on Friday demanding that he reopen the government due to growing security risks at airports. Mr Cuomo, a strong critic of the president, said that the reduction of services and personnel in airports, including the mass amount of TSA officers calling in absent from work, and the amount of unpaid traffic air traffic controllers, is jeopardizing safety. Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, has strongly criticised the shutdown "As the home of the 9/11 attacks, New York knows all too well how important security is at our airports," Mr Cuomo wrote.  "Yet the government shutdown that you have created and are perpetuating is putting our travelers and public safety at risk.   "Because of the shutdown that has continued for 35 days, airport personnel dedicated to ensuring the safety of our airports and air travel are missing their second pay checks. As a result, airports across the country, including hubs like JFK and LaGuardia, have seen a rise in the number of personnel calling out of work because of financial limitations. "These hard-working men and women play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and they deserve the support of our federal government."



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Trump fires back after incoming Senator Romney blasts president

Trump fires back after incoming Senator Romney blasts presidentIn a Washington Post essay published late on Tuesday, Romney suggested the U.S. leader had “caused dismay around the world” and said his presidency had “made a deep descent in December.” “On balance, his conduct over the past two years … is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,” said Romney, who starts his new role representing Utah on Thursday. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but Trump fired back in a tweet on Wednesday taking aim at Romney’s failed 2012 White House bid. “Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake?



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Incoming congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at New York Hanukkah event

Incoming congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez reveals Jewish ancestry at New York Hanukkah event"A long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews," Ocasio-Cortez said.



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The Wisconsin Senate's Move To Undermine An Incoming Democratic Governor, Explained

The Wisconsin Senate's Move To Undermine An Incoming Democratic Governor, ExplainedWisconsin's Republican-controlled state Legislature passed a number of



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Down but not out yet, GOP seeks to hamstring incoming Dem governors

Down but not out yet, GOP seeks to hamstring incoming Dem governorsFollowing Democratic successes in the midterm elections, Republican legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin are looking to limit the power of incoming officials via lame-duck session power grabs.



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Contradicting Trump, Incoming Mexico Gov't Denies Making Deal To Host Asylum Seekers

Contradicting Trump, Incoming Mexico Gov't Denies Making Deal To Host Asylum SeekersPresident Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that asylum seekers would be



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Incoming House Ways and Means Committee chairman will seek Trump tax returns

Incoming House Ways and Means Committee chairman will seek Trump tax returnsRep. Richard Neal says that Democrats will request the president's tax returns, despite their being under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.



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US missile defence test fails in Hawaii with 'military unable to shoot down incoming target'

US missile defence test fails in Hawaii with 'military unable to shoot down incoming target'A test of America’s missile defence systems in Hawaii has reportedly failed to shoot down its target, against the backdrop of heightened tensions with North Korea. An exercise conducted by the Missile Defence Agency was unsuccessful, with the military unable to shoot down an incoming missile launched from an aircraft, multiple outlets reported. “The Missile Defense Agency and US Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning,” Lt Col Michelle Baldanza said in an email to The Independent.



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Hawaii sent scrambling after official alert wrongly warns ballistic missile is incoming

Hawaii sent scrambling after official alert wrongly warns ballistic missile is incomingHawaii was plunged into panic on Saturday when an official alert warned people a ballistic missile was about to hit – only for it to turn out to be a false alarm.  Residents in the American state, which has a population of almost 1.5 million,  reportedly ran for cover when they spotted the message on their smartphones.  "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," the emergency alert read.  Children were seen sheltering in locker rooms while others were witnessed looking “terrified” and crying, according to a congressman for the state.  However it was later discovered that a button had been pressed in “human error” during a change in shifts, wrongly issuing the warning.  An information related to a false emergency alert is displayed in Oahu, Hawaii Credit: REUTERS The blunder caused further fury after it took 38 minutes to alert people via the same system that the original message was incorrect.  “There is no missile threat or danger to the State or Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm,” the second message read.  Between the two messages other national bodies and politicians had confirmed it was a blunder and posted messages online announcing the the fact.  The incident was so serious that Donald Trump, the US president, was briefed about what had happened. HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018 Hawaii officials apologised for the mistake and an investigation is now underway to work out exactly what went on.  The blunder comes at a time of heightened tension between America and North Korea, with the latter testing ballistic missiles over increasingly long distances.  Brian Schatz, the senator for Hawaii, said of the officials: "They blew it hear. It was totally unacceptable … they don't quite understand how bad this was.” He told CNN: “The fact that the state government knew it was a false alarm but took between 30 and 40 minutes to alert the public is just an abomination."  AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018  



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Hawaii Gov. David Ige addresses false emergency alert of incoming missile

Hawaii Gov. David Ige addresses false emergency alert of incoming missileThe governor said the false alarm was due to an employee's pushing the wrong button.



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