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F.A.A. Investigating How Counterfeit Titanium Got Into Boeing and Airbus Jets

Some recently manufactured Boeing and Airbus jets have components made from titanium that was sold using fake documentation verifying the material’s authenticity, according to a supplier for the plane makers, raising concerns about the structural integrity of those airliners.

The falsified documents are being investigated by Spirit AeroSystems, which supplies fuselages for Boeing and wings for Airbus, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The investigation comes after a parts supplier found small holes in the material from corrosion.

In a statement, the F.A.A. said it was investigating the scope of the problem and trying to determine the short- and long-term safety implications to planes that were made using the parts. It is unclear how many planes have parts made with the questionable material.

“Boeing reported a voluntary disclosure to the F.A.A. regarding procurement of material through a distributor who may have falsified or provided incorrect records,” the statement said. “Boeing issued a bulletin outlining ways suppliers should remain alert to the potential of falsified records.”

The revelation comes at a moment of intense scrutiny of Boeing and the broader aviation industry, which is reeling from a series of mishaps and safety issues. In January, a door panel blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet while it was in flight, prompting several federal investigations. In April, Boeing told the F.A.A. about a separate episode involving potentially falsified inspection records related to the wings of 787 Dreamliner planes. Boeing reported to the F.A.A. that it might have skipped required inspections involving the jet’s wings and that it would need to reinspect some of the Dreamliners still in production.

On May 30, Boeing submitted a plan to the F.A.A. outlining safety improvements it planned to make and committed to weekly meetings with the agency. Dave Calhoun, the Boeing chief executive, is set to testify on Tuesday before a Senate panel on the company’s safety issues.

Once in the thick of a debt crisis, Greece now leads the bloc’s growth as the country repays its multi-billion-dollar loans ahead of time

Greece plans to repay bailout loans worth a total of €8 billion ($8.6 billion) ahead of schedule, underscoring the country’s progress in recovering from the debt crisis, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

The early repayment corresponds to three years of installments and represents the third time that Greece has moved to accelerate reimbursement of a loan package received in its first bailout program in 2010. The latest move will be the first time the country is making that much of a dent in the Greek Loan Facility.

“We actually did a lot since we were reelected” last year, he said in a Bloomberg interview on Wednesday at the prime minister’s office in Athens. “When it comes to the market transactions, they probably exceeded expectations.”

The move, which covers loan amortizations from 2026 to 2028, is a confident signal to financial markets about the country’s ongoing economic recovery. Even though the government lowered its growth target for 2024 to 2.5% from a previous estimate of 2.9%, the country is performing well above the average growth forecasts in the European Union.

“There was a real appetite for Greek assets,” he added. “The market seemed to believe our long-term goal story and also believe that this government is stable and here to stay in the long term.”

Japan's beloved 'Doctor Yellow' track-testing bullet train to retire

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's "Doctor Yellow" track-testing bullet train will be retired in January, its operator said Thursday, with plans for farewell events that will give fans a chance to thank the bright yellow shinkansen for keeping the country's high-speed services safe also revealed.

With the uniquely colored train having always run on an undisclosed schedule, it is considered a unicorn among the country's shinkansen. This status means Doctor Yellow has been long said to "make people who spot it happy."

Central Japan Railway Co., which runs the inspection train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, said it will not build a successor. It will instead inspect the condition of tracks and overhead wires from N700S bullet trains which will be equipped with testing and observation equipment from 2027.

West Japan Railway Co., which runs another Doctor Yellow train on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, also said it plans to retire the train around 2027.

James Gunn Announces Peacemaker Season 2 Has Officially Started Filming With A Perfectly On Brand Image

James Gunn's Peacemaker season 2 is currently being filmed, as confirmed by DC Studios CEO James Gunn on social media. James Gunn has shared multiple updates on Peacemaker season 2's pre-production since the second season was first announced in early 2023. As Gunn's Superman continues to shoot in Georgia, it seems like the director has found time to start filming Peacemaker season 2 simultaneously. Peacemaker season 2 will be one of the first releases in the DCU's first chapter, which begins with Creature Commandos and Superman.

On Instagram, James Gunn shares a picture of a custom-made Peacemaker coffee cup that reads "eat peace" with the anti-hero's face printed on it. The caption states "#Peacemaker Season Two shooting now." Previously, James Gunn had shared a picture of star John Cena wearing the Peacemaker helmet and ready to start shooting in April. Check out Gunn's post below:

Michigan surpasses California as the top cannabis market in the U.S. by sales volume

California's cannabis market, which has long been considered the dominant cannabis market in the U.S., has some competition.

As Michigan approaches its fifth anniversary of legal recreational marijuana sales in the state, it has overtaken California as the largest cannabis market in the U.S., according to some metrics that have not been widely reported but are tracked by the cannabis market intelligence firms and were shared with the Detroit Free Press.

For example, since December 2022, Michigan has sold more total grams of flower and units of other cannabis products (called equivalent unit sales) in both the recreational and medical market compared with California, according to data from BDSA, a cannabis market intelligence firm that tracks sales via point-of-sale data from a panel of participating cannabis retailers.

Another cannabis market intelligence firm, Headset, shows Michigan selling more units than California (defined as a single item that a customer buys, such as a pre-rolled joint, a multipack of pre-rolled joints, a jar of flower or a pack of gummies) since June 2023. Its data shows that in May, Michigan sold 24.2 million units, while California sold 17.3 million units.

Denmark recalls Samyang 3x Spicy Chicken Korean instant ramen for being too spicy (not 2x, it's 3x)

Denmark has recalled several spicy ramen noodle products by South Korean company Samyang, claiming that the capsaicin levels in them could poison consumers.

Three fiery flavours of the Samyang instant ramen line are being withdrawn: Buldak 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken and Hot Chicken Stew.

Denmark's food agency issued the recall and warning on Tuesday, urging consumers to abandon the product.

But the maker Samyang says there's no problem with the quality of the food.

"We understand that the Danish food authority recalled the products, not because of a problem in their quality but because they were too spicy," the firm said in a statement to the BBC.

"The products are being exported globally. But this is the first time they have been recalled for the above reason."

It's unknown if any specific incidents in Denmark had prompted authorities there to take action.

Unanimous US Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously preserved access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court’s first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago.

The nine justices ruled that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the medication, mifepristone, and the FDA’s subsequent actions to ease access to it. The case had threatened to restrict access to mifepristone across the country, including in states where abortion remains legal.

Abortion is banned at all stages of pregnancy in 14 states, and after about six weeks of pregnancy in three others, often before women realize they’re pregnant.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was part of the majority to overturn Roe, wrote for the court on Thursday that “federal courts are the wrong forum for addressing the plaintiffs’ concerns about FDA’s actions.”

Antelope at Tennessee zoo chokes to death on plastic snack pouch cap

A "beloved" antelope choked to death on the plastic cap of a snack pouch over the weekend, a Tennessee zoo announced.

Lief, a 7-year-old sitatunga antelope, died Saturday, Brights Zoo said on Facebook. The animal choked on the cap of a squeezable fruit sauce pouch that the zoo said is not allowed on its grounds in Limestone, about 85 miles northeast of Knoxville.

A sitatunga antelope can live up to around 22 years in human care, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Lief “still had a lot of life to live,” Brights Zoo said.

“Some ask why we don’t allow squeezable pouches into the zoo. The reason is simple — the packaging is dangerous to our animals,” the zoo said on Facebook.

Ben Potter, YouTube Creator Known as Comicstorian, Dies at 40

The content creator, who had a following of 3 million on the platform, died in what his wife has called an "unfortunate accident."

Ben Potter, a YouTube personality known for the audio dramas that he created from comic books, has died. He was 40.

The content creator died Saturday after “an unfortunate accident,” his wife, Nathalie Potter, shared on his X (formerly Twitter) account. She did not provide any details.

Known to his 3 million followers as Comicstorian, Potter had been a part of the YouTube community for more than a decade and a fixture in the world of comic-book fandom on the platform, regularly discussing the Marvel and DC universes in his 4,000-plus posted videos.

“To many of you, he was Comicstorian, voicing stories from across multiple different mediums. To his loved ones, he was one of the best and most supportive individuals anyone could ask for,” Nathalie wrote.

RIP Comicstorian!

Georgia residents are fighting efforts to build a massive monkey-breeding facility in their city

A plan to build a massive monkey-breeding facility that could eventually house 30,000 long-tailed macaques in a small Georgia city has sparked a multipronged legal battle pitting residents against a company whose executives have faced scrutiny for their past handling of animals destined for medical research.

The fate of the facility is in the hands of the Georgia Court of Appeals, which will consider Thursday whether to overturn the validation for a bond that the city of Bainbridge promised to Safer Human Medicine, a company started by animal research industry veterans. It received the bond after Bainbridge leaders greenlighted the project in December.

But in the ensuing months residents, with help from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, began to push back against the project.

“It feels like somebody’s going to drop a bomb in the middle of everything that we’ve worked and built,” said lifelong Bainbridge resident June Faircloth. “We can’t sit back and let it happen.”

Harvard Scientists Say There May Be an Unknown, Technologically Advanced Civilization Hiding on Earth

What if — stick with us here — an unknown technological civilization is hiding right here on Earth, sheltering in bases deep underground and possibly even emerging with UFOs or disguised as everyday humans?

In a new paper that's bound to raise eyebrows in the scientific community, a team of researchers from Harvard and Montana Technological University speculates that sightings of "Unidentified Anomalous Phemonemona" (UAP) — bureaucracy-speak for UFOs, basically — "may reflect activities of intelligent beings concealed in stealth here on Earth (e.g., underground), and/or its near environs (e.g., the Moon), and/or even 'walking among us' (e.g., passing as humans)."

Yes, that's a direct quote from the paper. Needless to say, the researchers admit, this idea of hidden "crypoterrestrials" is a highly exotic hypothesis that's "likely to be regarded skeptically by most scientists." Nonetheless, they argue, the theory "deserves genuine consideration in a spirit of epistemic humility and openness."

The interest in unexplained sightings of UFOs by military personnel has grown considerably over the past decade or so. This attention grew to a peak last summer, when former Air Force intelligence officer and whistleblower David Grusch testified in front of Congress, claiming that the US had already recovered alien spacecraft as part of a decades-long UFO retrieval program.

‘Adventure Time’ Movie in Development With Rebecca Sugar, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto Attached; Two Spinoff Series Also in the Works (EXCLUSIVE)

Ahead of today’s Warner Bros. Animation studio focus panel at the Annecy Animation Festival, Variety has learned that Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is working on three new “Adventure Time” properties, including a movie and two new series.

Currently in development, details are still scant regarding the “Adventure Time” movie, but the project features an animation superstar lineup of talent including “Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar, “Over the Garden Wall” co-creator Patrick McHale and “Adventure Time” showrunner Adam Muto. All are “Adventure Time” vets.

Already greenlit at CNS, “Adventure Time: Side Quests” is a kids’ series that will take audiences back in time to when Finn was just a kid who dreamed of epic quests and monster fights with his best friend, Jake the Dog.

COVID is coming for Calif., and it's already hitting the Bay Area the hardest

If you or any of your friends have gotten sick with COVID-19 recently, you’re not the only ones: Case rates are rising in the Bay Area and the proof is in the pipes. According to the California Department of Public Health, the region now has the most viral wastewater than anywhere else in California.

In an email to SFGATE, Amanda Bidwell, a wastewater researcher and data analyst at Stanford, said that over the past 21 days “consistently high concentrations” of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in wastewater samples collected across San Francisco.

“Currently we are seeing some of the highest concentrations we’ve ever measured” at these locations, Bidwell continued. And across San Francisco, the levels are approaching those last seen in December and January. Because individuals shed the virus before getting tested, this method of monitoring wastewater helps predict upcoming surges while including data from those who are asymptomatic.

Aside from San Francisco, as of June 11, data showed that COVID levels were also high in Vallejo; Novato; western Contra Costa County; Sausalito; Palo Alto; Sunnyvale; and San Jose. And the virus isn’t confined to just the Bay Area, either.

RPG Devs Can't Add Dating System Because Team Lacks 'Real Life Experience'

Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children isn't going to get a complex relationship system anytime soon

“Write what you know” is a popular piece of advice for authors and other creators. But what happens when your audience wants something that you don’t know much about? Well, you have to tell your fans on Steam that, no, you can’t add dating to your anime-themed tactical RPG because you and your team don’t have the real-life “experience” needed to create such a system.

Troubleshooter: Abandoned Children is a tactical RPG that was released in 2020 and has remained fairly popular since then. It currently has over 8,000 positive reviews on Steam and a fairly active community. And while the game might look like a JRPG, it lacks one important feature seen in many of those games: A robust dating system. And according to the developers behind Troubleshooter, it’s unlikely to get one in a future update.

As first reported by Gamesradar on June 11, a review for Troubleshooter on Steam praised the game for being more complex than X-COM and called it a “really good game.” However, the short review did include one negative note. “Only complaint is no waifu dating system,” said the reviewer. In response to this short review, Troubleshooter developer Dandylion replied and explained why this was the case:

“Dating system...It’s a feature that a lot of people wanted, but my team members...have no experience with it, even in real life,” replied the developer, “Thanks for this review.”

That is some funny stuff right there! :)

Four Tops singer sues hospital for assuming mental illness after he revealed identity

Alexander Morris alleges racial discrimination and false imprisonment after being placed into restraining jacket

The lead singer of the Four Tops said a Detroit-area hospital restrained him and ordered a psychological exam after refusing to believe that he was part of the Motown music group.

Alexander Morris, who is Black, filed a lawsuit Monday against Ascension Macomb-Oakland hospital in Warren, alleging racial discrimination and other misconduct during an April 2023 visit for chest pain and breathing problems.

Hospital staff “wrongfully assumed he was mentally ill when he revealed his identity as a celebrity figure”, the lawsuit says. He told them he “had current security concerns due to stalkers and fans”.

The Four Tops started in the 1950s and had hits such as I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and It’s The Same Old Song. The group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

GameStop raises over $2bn after Roaring Kitty rally

US video game retailer GameStop says it has raised more than $2bn (£1.57bn) in its second share sale in a month after a rally led by the investment influencer Keith Gill, known as Roaring Kitty.

The announcement comes just days after Mr Gill's first YouTube livestream in three years.

The company's shares jumped by almost 23% on Tuesday and have doubled in the last six months.

GameStop's popularity among retail investors during the pandemic helped coin the idea of meme stocks - those that gain popularity through sites like Reddit.

Stocks that often became popular were ones that had been heavily bet against by professional investors, such as hedge funds.

Best Buy is laying off more employees as it reckons with falling sales

Best Buy carried out another round of layoffs and job restructurings last week, with the company cutting some of its sales staff and reducing the pay for others, according to current and former employees who spoke with The Verge. Multiple people said their new pay will be much lower due to the changes.

The layoffs appeared to have mostly targeted in-home sales roles called designers, who would go to customers’ homes to help identify products that would work in their space. It’s not clear how many were let go, but designers who weren’t laid off have been moved into a different, largely in-store role. Also, pay scales for a similar, existing in-store “consultant” position were revamped.

Best Buy confirmed the layoffs in an email to The Verge but declined to share how many people were let go or how pay was changing. “Many of our team members were moved to new areas or roles where our customers need it most,” Best Buy spokesperson Ryan Furlong told The Verge. He said some employees in Best Buy’s “Design and Consult workforce” — the collection of roles with in-store workers (called consultants) and in-home field sales positions (called designers) — will be transitioned into a new “Premium Designer role.”

Best Buy has been drastically restructuring in recent months, responding to factors like falling sales after the pandemic spiked consumer electronics spending. Best Buy CEO Corie Barry told investors in February that they should expect layoffs this year, and two months ago, mass layoffs of Geek Squad employees were reported. Barry repeated similar things during the company’s first quarter earnings call in May, saying that many of Best Buy’s moves to “right size” its business “are being implemented throughout this year.”

Boeing sales tumble as the company gets no orders for the 737 Max for the second straight month

Boeing received orders for only four new planes in May — and for the second straight month, none for its best-selling 737 Max, as fallout continues from the blowout of a side panel on a Max during a flight in January.

The results released Tuesday compared unfavorably with Europe's Airbus, which reported net orders for 15 planes in May — 27 sales but 12 cancellations.

Boeing also saw Aerolineas Argentinas cancel an order for a single Max jet, bringing its net sales for the month to three.

Shares of The Boeing Co. fell 3% in afternoon trading.

The dismal results followed poor figures for April, when Boeing reported seven sales — none of them for the Max.

Boeing hopes that the slow pace of orders reflects a lull in sales before next month's Farnborough International Airshow, where aircraft deals are often announced.

Kite surfer rescued from remote California beach after making ‘HELP’ sign with rocks

A kite surfer was rescued after using rocks to spell out the word “HELP” when he became stranded on a Northern California beach last weekend, authorities said.

The kite surfer got stuck Sunday on a narrow beach at the base of towering bluffs with the tide coming in, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Santa Cruz unit.

His “HELP” sign was spotted by a private helicopter and authorities were alerted, Cal Fire said in social media posts that described the beach as somewhat remote, with difficult access.

A rescue helicopter hoisted the kite surfer to the top of the cliff in the operation, which was assisted by the Santa Cruz County Fire Department and the State Parks Department.

The Google Pay app is dead. Google Wallet takes over app duties, but it looks like Google is quitting P2P payments.

Google has killed off the Google Pay app. 9to5Google reports Google's old payments app stopped working recently, following shutdown plans that were announced in February. Google is shutting down the Google Pay app in the US, while in-store NFC payments seem to still be branded "Google Pay." Remember, this is Google's dysfunctional payments division, so all that's happening is Google Payment app No. 3 (Google Pay) is being shut down in favor of Google Payment app No. 4 (Google Wallet). The shutdown caps off the implosion of Google's payments division after a lot of poor decisions and failed product launches.

Google's NFC payment journey started in 2011 with Google Wallet (apps No. 1 and No. 4 are both called Google Wallet). In 2011, Google was a technology trailblazer and basically popularized the idea of paying for something with your phone in many regions (with the notable exception of Japan). Google shipped the first non-Japanese phones with the feature, fought carriers trying to stop phone payments from happening, and begged stores to get new, compatible terminals. Google's entire project was blown away when Apple Pay launched in 2014, and Google's response was its second payment app, Android Pay, in 2015. This copied much of Apple's setup, like sending payment tokens instead of the actual credit card number. Google Pay was a rebrand of this setup and arrived in 2018.

The 2018 version of Google Pay was a continuation of the Android Pay codebase, which was a continuation of the Google Wallet codebase. Despite all the rebrands, Google's payment apps were an evolution, and none of the previous apps were really "shut down"—they were in-place upgrades. Everything changed in 2021 when a new version of Google Pay was launched, which is when Google's payment division started to go off the rails.

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