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March 14, 2019 | Via CBS News

FAA Grounds all Boeing 737 Max Planes, Effective Immediately

President Trump announced Wednesday that the FAA is grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes “effective immediately,” following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, including eight Americans. All planes in the air at the time of the agency’s order were allowed to reach their destinations but prohibited from taking off again, the FAA said in a statement.

March 14, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

At Least 8 Killed in Nigeria School Building Collapse

Rescuers combed through the rubble early Thursday after at least eight people were killed and as many as 100 children feared trapped when a building housing a school collapsed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos. While awaiting official rescue efforts, many locals and passersby began their own attempts to free people from the debris, using their bare hands to shift slabs of concrete. Residents of the area said about 100 children attended the school, which was on the third floor of the building. The structure also housed offices, shops and residential units.

March 14, 2019 | Via NY Times

Paul Manafort’s Prison Sentence is Nearly Doubled to 7½ Years

A federal judge on Wednesday nearly doubled the prison sentence of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to seven and a half years, denouncing him as a man who “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.” The proceedings amounted to a wrenching defeat for Mr. Manafort, 69, who came to his sentencing in a wheelchair because of gout and pleading for probation so he could spend his final years with his wife.

March 14, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Apple’s 30% App Store Commission Unfair, Spotify Claims

Spotify has filed a complaint with European regulators arguing that Apple limits choice and competition in its app store, giving its own music streaming service an unfair advantage over rivals. Apple’s app store is an important distribution platform for Spotify. But Apple takes a 30% commission on all sales made through the app store – including music streaming subscriptions – which Spotify and many other third-party app developers have long complained is an unfair “tax”.

March 14, 2019 | Via Reuters

Inspired by Columbine, Brazil Pair Kill Eight and Themselves in School Shooting

Two former students opened fire at a Brazilian school on Wednesday and killed at least five teenagers as well as two school officials before committing suicide in an attack that police said was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre in the United States. Ten people, including the two attackers, were killed in total, Sao Paulo police said. The students who died were boys mostly 15 and 16 years old. Police identified the assailants as Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, and Luiz Henrique de Castro, 25. The 17-year-old was the leader and main planner, an investigator said.

March 14, 2019 | Via Telegraph

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp in Widespread Lengthy Outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all experiencing outages, preventing users from accessing the apps. Figures suggest there has been a partial outage across its apps since 4pm GMT, making it one of the longest outages the company has suffered in the recent past. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” the company posted on Twitter, adding that the outages were not due to a DSoS attack.

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