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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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Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime

Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crimeMIAMI (AP) — A traffic incident in Miami involving a gun-wielding white man and a group of black bicyclists protesting housing inequality on Martin Luther King Day is being investigated as a possible hate crime, prosecutors said Tuesday.



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Prince Philip unharmed after traffic accident, two injured

Prince Philip unharmed after traffic accident, two injuredQueen Elizabeth II’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip emerged unscathed after a vehicle he was driving was involved in a traffic accident that injured two people on Thursday, according to Buckingham Palace and police. A palace spokeswoman told AFP that the duke was driving near the monarch’s Sandringham Estate when the crash occurred but declined to confirm that it overturned in the incident. “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” the palace said in a statement.



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Air traffic controllers' union sues over unpaid work during government shutdown

Air traffic controllers' union sues over unpaid work during government shutdownThe National Air Traffic Controllers Association said that requiring 16,000 controllers to work without pay violates their constitutional rights and a federal wage law in a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. “America wants its air traffic controllers to be laser-focused on landing planes safely and monitoring America’s runways, not distracted by financial issues and anxiety of financial instability,” the union said in the lawsuit. NATCA also moved for a court order requiring the government to restore air traffic controllers’ pay while the lawsuit is pending. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has funds to pay the workers despite the ongoing shutdown, the union said.



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Air Traffic Controllers, Working Unpaid, Sue U.S. Over Shutdown

Air Traffic Controllers, Working Unpaid, Sue U.S. Over ShutdownThe air traffic controllers union is seeking a court order compelling the U.S. to account for all the wages and overtime pay to which its approximately 3,000 members are entitled and to pay them. It’s at least the third lawsuit filed by government workers since the shutdown began 21 days ago. The National Treasury Employees Union filed a complaint representing a Customs and Border Protection officer on Monday.



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Georgia officer killed after traffic stop; suspect dead

Georgia officer killed after traffic stop; suspect deadDECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer and a suspect died Thursday night after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and shooting just east of Atlanta, authorities said.



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Man says traffic made him miss doomed Lion Air crash, believed to have killed everyone on board

Man says traffic made him miss doomed Lion Air crash, believed to have killed everyone on boardA man who was supposed to be on the Lion Air jet that crashed on Monday



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Traffic saved Indonesian man from doomed Lion Air flight

Traffic saved Indonesian man from doomed Lion Air flightAn Indonesian man has described how Jakarta’s notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life on Monday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off. Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia’s finance ministry, had meant to be on board the ill-fated flight JT610, a journey he and his colleagues caught on a weekly basis. “I usually take (flight) JT610 — my friends and I always take this plane,” Setiawan told AFP.



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A North Carolina Police Officer Fatally Shot a Black Motorist During a Traffic Stop

A North Carolina Police Officer Fatally Shot a Black Motorist During a Traffic StopA white North Carolina police officer shot and killed a black motorist who stepped out of his vehicle with a gun



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Police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stop

Police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stopPolice announced the officer, Ryan Macklin, was taken into custody this evening and is now facing five charges including first- and second-degree rape and second-degree assault.



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