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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 15, 2019 1:00 am

nation/world

Airline calls off more Max flights

News services

NEW YORK – American Airlines announced Sunday that it was canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The announcement made American the second major carrier to cancel Max flights through the busy summer season. Southwest Airlines, the largest operator of Boeing jets, announced last week that it would cancel its Max flights through Aug. 5. American's cancellations will last through Aug. 19.

The U.S. and other countries grounded Boeing's 737 Max plane in mid-March after deadly plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Boeing aims to finish fixing the planes in late April, and any changes would have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration and foreign regulators for approval.

American previously planned to cancel Max flights through early June.

Fuel removed from Japan nuclear plant

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the Japanese plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said today that workers started removing the first of 566 used and unused fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units are intact, but the pools are not enclosed so removing the units to safer ground is crucial to avoid disaster in case of a major earthquake.

Study: Drug cuts kidney disease risk

A drug used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive.

The study tested the drug Invokana in people with Type 2 diabetes who were already getting standard treatments. Invokana lowered by 30% the risk of kidney failure, the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant or some other problems.

Results were discussed Sunday at a medical meeting in Australia and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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