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Boeing will pay $2.5bn to resolve US investigation into 737 MAX disasters

Boeing will pay $2.5bn to resolve US investigation into 737 MAX disasters

World
Plane manufacturer Boeing will pay out more than $ 2.5bn to resolve a US investigation into the deadly 737 MAX disasters, the country's Justice Department has said.In a statement, America's government said the settlement includes a criminal penalty of $ 243.6m and compensation to the firm's customers of $ 1.77bn. Boeing will also set up a fund of $ 500m to compensate the families of those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air crashes.The 737 Max model has been grounded since March 2019 following the two fatal crashes in which 346 people were killed.In November, the US aviation regulator cleared the way for its return to US skies, followed a week later by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) confirming plans to also give the go-ahead. ...
William: Investigation into BBC Panorama interview with Diana ‘step in the right direction’

William: Investigation into BBC Panorama interview with Diana ‘step in the right direction’

Entertainment
Prince William has said he welcomes a new investigation into the BBC's 1995 Panorama interview with his mother, Princess Diana.The independent inquiry will be led by Lord Dyson, a former Master of the Rolls and head of civil justice, and is to begin straight away. The investigation will seek to discover how the corporation and journalist Martin Bashir got the scoop.In a statement, Kensington Palace said the Duke of Cambridge has tentatively welcomed the investigation, saying: "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. Image: Prince William has welcomed an investigation into the BBC Panorama interview "It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions...
Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Business
July 31 (UPI) -- Investigative field work began on contaminants in the groundwater of the former Reese Air Base, Texas, the U.S. Air Force said. The base near Lubbock was closed in 1997 after a 50-year history. Like most U.S. air bases, it had relied since 1970 on foam, to put out fires, containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] regarded as hazardous materials. Repeated use of the foam led to contaminants seeping into groundwater. Advertisement Research has linked PFAS to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and endocrine disruption. Unusual clusters of serious medical effects in communities with heavily PFAS-contaminated water, many near military bases, have been discovered. The investigation was announced by the Air Force in a statement on Thursday. "We didn't do this in negle...
Police reopen rape investigation after claim against Madeleine McCann suspect

Police reopen rape investigation after claim against Madeleine McCann suspect

World
Portuguese police have reopened their investigation into the unsolved rape of an Irish woman after 16 years.Hazel Behan, 37, believes her attacker may have been drifter Christian B, the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.He was convicted of a similar rape a year after Ms Behan was attacked and two years before Madeleine vanished. Image: Madeleine McCann vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007 This week detectives collected their own archived case files from the court in Portimao to see if they could build a case against the suspect.One problem they will face is that vital forensic evidence with potential DNA was destroyed on the orders of a judge, a common practice in Portuguese cases where no suspect is iden...
WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

WHO experts to visit China to plan COVID-19 investigation

Technology
Two World Health Organization experts are heading to the Chinese capital to lay the groundwork for a larger mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemicBy SAM McNEIL Associated PressJuly 10, 2020, 10:09 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- Two World Health Organization experts were heading to the Chinese capital on Friday to lay the groundwork for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. An animal health expert and an epidemiologist will meet Chinese counterparts in Beijing to work out logistics, places to visit and the participants for a WHO-led international mission, the U.N. organization said. A major issue will be to “look at whether or not it jumped from species to human, and what species it jumped from,” W...