April 17 TV Picks: ‘The Messengers’ on The CW

‘The Messengers’ This new sci-fi series begins with a scientist watching an object fall out of the sky into the New Mexico desert, and then people start to die and come back to life. What happens next? You’ll have to watch. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, on The CW (seattletimes.com/tvlistings). Doug Knoop: dknoop@seattletimes.com […]

Airlines slashing flights to Moscow

In 2012, British discount airline easyJet beat Virgin Atlantic Airways in a fierce competition for the rights to fly from London’s Gatwick to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, a route that became available when its former operator was swallowed up in a merger. British aviation regulators gave the nod to easyJet, which hailed the decision as a […]

Airline seats getting even smaller as service declines

Airlines increasingly are missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers’ bags and overbooking flights, according to a recent report. And the bad news: Things will probably get worse. Even as the latest performance stats showed that major carriers are having trouble with the most basic functions — i.e. getting you and your luggage from Point […]

Rafting Oregon rivers to be hit-and-miss after low-snow winter

PORTLAND — Rivers are running lower than normal in Oregon, but whitewater boating should take place as usual on most of the state’s popular rivers for rafting and kayaking. “Rivers that have reservoir storage will be OK,” said David Slover, owner of Portland’s largest paddling store, Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe. “That includes the Deschutes, […]

After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing […]

President of Emirates air denies US accusations of state aid

LONDON (AP) — The president of Emirates airline pledged Friday to combat suggestions that the company received subsidies from the United Arab Emirates, even as his ever-expanding airline placed a whopping $9.2 billion order to buy Rolls-Royce engines. Tim Clark told The Associated Press that the allegations leveled by U.S. carriers United, Delta and American […]

After Alps crash, Turkish Air CEO urges pilots to marry

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Airlines’ CEO has one possible solution to avoid another case like last month’s Germanwings crash: have pilots get married. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered from depression before he deliberately flew the Airbus A320 into a French mountainside on March 24. At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines […]

Greek ‘day of reckoning’ shakes stock markets

NEW YORK (AP) — Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. By the close of U.S. trading, stocks across […]

Mylan skeptical of rumored Teva bid; hasn’t received offer

NEW YORK (AP) — Generic drugmaker Mylan, citing media speculation that Teva Pharmaceutical may be eyeing it as a takeover target, says it doubts that regulators would approve such a deal and is committed to its current strategy as a stand-alone company. In a news release Friday, Mylan said that it hasn’t received an offer […]

Why banks made more money last quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter. Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts. Here’s a look at what drove the first-quarter results: HOME […]