The Daily Populous

Sunday December 11st, 2022 night edition

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In the airline business, there are two cost factors the airlines can never control: fuel and labor.

And as technology improves — and pilot salaries increase — there's been a controversial move lately by the industry to try to amend what's known as part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

That's the federal air regulation that requires air carriers to have two pilots in the cockpit at all times.

The airlines have been quietly lobbying that the single-pilot approach would quickly solve the staffing problem caused by the pilot shortage and that technology has vastly improved to allow for safe operation of a single-pilot flight.

Pilots unions argue it's all about the airlines saving money and could compromise safety.

And most recently, an incident about 10 days ago occurred on an American Eagle flight from Chicago to Columbus.

Had there not been a two-person crew in the cockpit, the story would have had a tragic ending. »

GOP numbers at California Capitol at their lowest levels in a century

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The newly certified election results show Republicans lost more seats and are down to their lowest levels in a century.

"I think one of the biggest hurdles we have is we have a very unbalanced legislature," said state Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh.

She's one of the few remaining Republicans in the Senate and is also the first Latina Republican senator ever in California history. »

Dog accidentally pulls fire alarm at Iowa doggie 'day camp'

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Iowa were summoned to a doggie "day camp" but arrived to find the fire alarm had accidentally been pulled by a canine camper.

Dogwoods Lodge in Grimes said a dog named Birdie had trouble containing her excitement when she arrived for day camp on Friday.

Security camera footage from the facility shows Birdie excitedly jumping on a wall and pulling the fire alarm. »

How China lost its wolf pack: the fracturing of the emerging-power alliance at the WTO

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India then defected when its alliance with China, once an important source of strength in WTO negotiations, instead became a liability.

As a result, having lost its key allies at the WTO, China is increasingly isolated in multilateral trade negotiations.

The result is that China lost its key allies at the WTO, and now finds itself increasingly isolated within multilateral trade negotiations. »