6.30.15:   After resisting for years, JetBlue adds checked bag fee



NEW YORK (AP) — And then there was one. For years, Jet Blue boasted of its holdout status in the new era of paying for checked bags, but no longer.

The airline now says it will charge up to $25 for checked luggage.

The move leaves Southwest Airlines as the only major U.S. carrier not to charge a bag fee.


6.30.15:  Surviving escapee talks



PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) —The surviving convicted killer who escaped from an upstate New York prison is talking to authorities.

David Sweat says he and fellow escapee Richard Matt split up when he felt Matt was slowing him down.

Matt’s feet became blistered and searchers found his bloody socks.

Sweat and Matt has escaped June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Police spotted an armed Matt on Friday and shot him dead.

Sweat was captured Sunday and is recovering in a hospital after a state trooper shot him.


6.26.15:  Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

The court’s ruling on Friday means 14 states who had bans on same-sex marriage, will have to stop enforcing that ban.


6.26.15:  US opens probe of Ford F-150 power brake failures



DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power brake assist can fail on some Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 250,000 pickups from 2011 and 2012 with 3.5-liter six-cylinder engines.

The agency says it has 32 complaints alleging that electric vacuum assist pumps can fail, causing loss of power brakes and increased braking effort. Two crashes were reported but no injuries.

In all the complaints, no warnings were issued. The agency says the complaints are increasing. About 60 percent coming in the past nine months.

Investigators will look into the cause of the problem and how often it happens. The probe could lead to a recall.

Ford says it’s cooperating. Customers with problems should contact their dealer.

6.26.15:  Acura recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs; pulley can fall off



DETROIT (AP) — Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

The Honda luxury brand says the recall covers 2014 and 2015 MDX SUVs.

The air conditioner clutch drive bolt can loosen or break, which could cause a pulley to fall under the vehicle.

Acura says no crashes or injuries have been reported. The problem was discovered through warranty claims.

Dealers will replace the bolt at no cost to owners. Acura says it will start notifying owners in late July.

6.26.15:  9 dead in AK plane crash


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Crews in southeastern Alaska will try today to recover the remains of nine people killed when the sightseeing plane they were in crashed.

Wind and rain prevented any recovery after the aircraft wreckage was found yesterday against a granite rock face, 800 feet above a lake.

There was no immediate indication of why the plane went down, killing the pilot and eight cruise ship passengers on an excursion.


6.25.15:  Fiat Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for water leak problem



DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls.

The company says the recall covers the 2014 and 2015 model years. It addresses a problem that could cause a fire.

Fiat Chrysler says it learned of one fire and found that water can get into the lift gate control modules on some Cherokees and cause an electrical short. No injuries have been reported.

The company says it will notify customers when they can schedule service. In addition to the shields, Fiat Chrysler will replace control modules that have been exposed to water.

Fiat Chrysler says until repairs are made, owners of Cherokees with power lift gates should check cargo areas to make sure they are dry.



6.25.15:  Stronger economy, cheap gas expected to spur holiday travel



NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to travel in big numbers this Independence Day thanks to a stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline.

Triple-A says an estimated 41.9 million people plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend.

That’s up 0.7 percent from last year and the most since 2007, right before the recession.


6.25.15:  Military plane crashes near Douglas, sparks fire



DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Military officials confirm a single F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft crashed last night in southern Arizona.

The pilot flying with the 162nd Wing Arizona Air National Guard was the only person on board during the night training mission, according to an Arizona Air National Guard statement.

Angel Ortega, of Douglas, said he heard a loud explosion and initially thought it was thunder before he saw the smoke.

Cochise County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carol Capas tells the Arizona Daily Star that the plane ruptured a gas line and sparked a fire, which “is almost out.” Once the flames are extinguished, officials will be able to assess the damage.

A board will be appointed to investigate the incident.

6.25.15:  Funerals begin for church massacre victims



CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Funerals will be held today for some of the nine people shot and killed last week at a Charleston, South Carolina church.

And the body of state senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney will be returned to the historic Emanuel AME Church one last time for his wake.

Last night, some 150 people attended Bible study at the church, exactly one week after the massacre that occurred during Bible study.