U.S. air-safety regulators have approved major software and pilot-training changes for Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX jets. The changes are aimed at fixing problems with a flight-control system and implementing enhanced pilot-training using self-guided interactive instruction, according to internal government documents and people familiar with the details, The Wall Street Journal reports. Specifically, the revisions will make an automated stall-prevention feature easier for pilots to control, according to industry and government officials. The stall-prevention system is suspected of causing the fatal dive that killed 189 people on board a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia last October. A team of international crash investigators is also looking into whether the system led to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane less than five months later that left 157 dead. The changes are a reversal of major design principles Boeing relied on when it developed the stall-prevention system.
Democrats on six House committees—including Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Oversight chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Intelligence chair Adam Schiff (D-CA)—are demanding that the Justice Department release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report “without delay.” According to the Associated Press, the Democrats said they expect Attorney General William Barr to turn over all the evidence Mueller has collected in his probe into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 election. If not, the lawmakers said it “would raise serious questions about whether the Department of Justice policy is being used as a pretext for a cover-up of misconduct.” The hashtag “#ReleaseTheReport” was also utilized on Twitter among Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who warned Barr against giving President Trump or members of his legal team a “sneak preview.”
Earlier Friday, the AP reported that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the president’s lawyers wanted an early look at Mueller’s findings before they were made public. Giuliani later disputed that reporting in comments to The Daily Beast, saying the matter “will be handled properly” and it’s “up to DOJ.” The White House had earlier issued a statement saying it was looking “forward” to the next steps after Mueller handed in his report and noting that the administration “has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”
Legendary singer Diana Ross voiced apparent support for Michael Jackson following the recent documentary Leaving Neverland, saying on Saturday that the late artist was “a magnificent incredible force.” “This is what’s on my heart this morning,” the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” artist tweeted at 12:30 p.m. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.” “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE,” Ross implored in the tweet. (Ross was a vocalist on The Supreme’s track by the same name.) Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege in the documentary that Jackson sexually abused them as children. Many of the replies to Ross’s tweet were positive toward both her and Jackson. Some questioned her words, however, with one person responding “Ma’am are you high.” Ross’ comments come on the heels of controversy generated by singer Barbra Streisand about Jackson. While Streisand said she believed his accusers, she also voiced some sympathy for Jackson, saying “they were thrilled to be there.”
Rafi Eitan, an Israeli spymaster who masterminded the capture of one of the key architects of the Holocaust, has died aged 92. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Eitan a “hero of the Israeli intelligence services.” Eitan was the operational head of the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, a key architect of the Holocaust, in Argentina and bring him to trial in Jerusalem. Eitan’s team kidnapped Eichmann in May 1960 and smuggled him back to Israel where he was tried and found guilty of war crimes. He was hanged in 1962. Yossi Cohen, the director of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, director, said the majority of Eitan’s work still remains unknown to the public. “His work and his actions will be etched in gold letters in the annals of the state,” Cohen said in a statement on Saturday. “The foundations that Rafi laid in the first years of the state are a significant layer in the activities of the Mossad even today.”
A Viking Sky cruise ship off of Norway issued a mayday call on Saturday after experiencing engine failure. Helicopters and boats were sent in to evacuate the ship's 1,300 passengers, a process expected to take several hours. About 30 people have been removed from the ship so far, Norwegian police reported. Norwegian officials said the ship had restarted one of its engines, and Reuters reported the ship was able to anchor about 1.2 miles from the coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions Saturday, Norwegian newspaper VG reported.
Federal investigators conducting a probe into the certification of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft in the wake of two fatal crashes are reportedly focusing on the company’s disclosures to air-safety regulators. Sources cited by The Wall Street Journal late Friday said the criminal investigation involves FBI agents and the Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office, both of which are working with federal prosecutors to determine whether anything went wrong in the certification process for the aircraft. The investigation was reportedly opened last year after the Lion Air crash in Indonesia left 189 people dead. Months later, another 157 people were killed when a Boeing 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed. Prosecutors are now reportedly looking into whether Boeing provided air-safety regulators with inaccurate or misleading information about the aircraft.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has broken his silence since he was charged as part of a large prostitution bust in Florida, saying in a statement that he is “truly sorry” for his actions. “I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard,” Kraft said. The statement comes a month after authorities announced he was caught on videotape twice paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor. Kraft is among more than 200 people who engaged in sex acts with employees of targeted massage parlors in South Florida, according to police. “Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being,” Kraft said. “I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”
“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect,” Kraft said. He pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation. His court date is set for March 28.
The suspect wanted for the brutal subway attack of an elderly woman earlier this month is now in custody, the New York Police Department announced Saturday. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, said that the woman was successfully treated and released from the hospital. “Thank you to the worldwide community for the tremendous assistance,” Shea wrote. According to viral video of the attack, the suspect randomly and viciously assaulted an elderly woman on the subway earlier this month. Footage of the incident shows the unidentified man repeatedly kicking a 78-year-old woman in the face. Several witnesses on the train filmed the attack on their phones. It remains unclear why the man targeted the older woman, but before getting off the subway car, he can be heard telling the witnesses to “WorldStar” the incident—an apparent reference to the website WorldStar Hip Hop, where violent videos have gone viral.