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friendly skies
May 14, 2014
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Wait, what? Fliers are less dissatisfied than ever with North American airlines — even when they're saddled with extra fees, fewer flight options, and record-breaking cancelations, a new survey from J.D. Power and Associates reveals. The airline industry earned 712 points out of 1,000 — its highest ranking since 2006.

Passengers said they were pleased with easier check-in, new in-flight services such as Wi-Fi, and are coming to terms with being nickel and dimed for services that were once complimentary, like checking bags. Of course, that doesn't mean customers love paying more: "We certainly would not conclude that people are happy with these fees, but we are seeing it go from worst to less bad," a J.D. Power and Associates told Bloomberg. "There is certainly less dissatisfaction."

For the seventh year, Alaska Airlines was ranked as the the favorite airline among bigger carriers, with Delta Air Lines and American Airlines placing in second and third, respectively. US Airways scored the lowest. Among the budget carriers, JetBlue scored the highest and Frontier Airlines ranked the lowest. Jordan Valinsky

Around the world
12:54 p.m. ET
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Egyptian counterpart Sunday, marking the first time in six years the two nations have held strategic talks, Newsweek reports. Talks were suspended during the Middle East's Arab Spring uprising, where protests in Egypt forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

"Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," Kerry said.

The U.S. has given Egypt eight F-16 fighter jets, and will continue providing more support for the Egyptian military as they fight insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula. Kerry also emphasized the U.S. would continue to press Cairo on human rights issues, like jailing journalists.

Kerry will travel to Qatar next for meetings about fighting ISIS and enforcing the Iran nuclear deal. Julie Kliegman

lions
12:10 p.m. ET
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The head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force apologized Sunday for sharing false news Saturday of another notable lion's death, ABC News reports. The group initially reported that Jericho, a companion of Cecil, the lion who was reportedly shot and killed by an American dentist in early July, had also been killed.

"I have now discovered that he is alive and well," Johnny Rodrigues said. "The cubs are also doing well."

Cecil and Jericho were not brothers, as has been reported, but they did oversee two prides together. Zimbabwe has asked the U.S. to extradite Cecil's alleged hunter. Julie Kliegman

torture
11:29 a.m. ET
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If Donald Trump becomes president, he might bring back waterboarding as an interrogation tactic, he said Sunday on ABC's This Week.

"When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn't sound very severe," he told Jonathan Karl.

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have both issued bans on using enhanced interrogation tactics on detainees, most notably at Guantánamo Bay.

In his interview, Trump also criticized Obama for not doing enough for African-Americans during his presidency. And at Thursday's GOP primary debate, he said doesn't plan on attacking his opponents. Place your bets now on how many minutes that promise might last. Julie Kliegman

Climate change
10:19 a.m. ET

The White House released a video Saturday night previewing President Obama's Monday announcement of a proposal to limit carbon pollution released by the nation's power plants.

BREAKING: On Monday, President Obama will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan—the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. If you agree that we can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that's beyond fixing, share this video with your friends and family. It's time to #ActOnClimate.

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The regulations proposed, tougher than those in a previous draft, will require 32 percent decreases from 2005 levels of carbon emissions by 2030. And at least 28 percent of a plant's generating power must come from renewable energy sources, NPR reports.

"Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said. "Not anymore." Julie Kliegman

music to my ears
9:25 a.m. ET
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Dr. Dre announced on his radio show Saturday he will release his first new album in 15 years, Rolling Stone reports. Compton: A Soundtrack, which he's releasing exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music Aug. 7, will feature artists including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and the Game.

"I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished," he said. "It's bananas. It's an 'inspired by' album. It's inspired by Straight Outta Compton."

Dre called the album his "grand finale." Julie Kliegman

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9:13 a.m. ET
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Puerto Rico defaulted Saturday, missing a $58 million debt payment on Public Finance Corporation bonds. Victor Suarez, the governor's chief of staff, said Friday the island only has enough money to operate until November if nothing is done to increase cash flow, Reuters reports.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced in June that Puerto Rico would need restructuring on an unpayable $72 billion in debt. The White House has said the U.S. will not bail out the territory. Julie Kliegman

flight 370?
7:46 a.m. ET
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Officials said Sunday they found debris believed to be the door of an airplane on Réunion Island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean. The piece could offer more clues into the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Investigators found another piece of airplane debris on the island Wednesday. The wing section arrived in France on Saturday for observation, where Malaysian officials have confirmed it was from a Boeing 777 plane. Flight 370 is the only missing 777.

The airplane's door may help determine whether there's a connection between the debris and the missing plane, since it should have more distinct markings than the wing part.

UPDATE, 9:38 a.m.: Officials said the debris found Sunday is a generic ladder, not part of a plane door, USA Today reports. It is not related to the missing aircraft, according to Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman. Julie Kliegman

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