2 AIRLINES OFF U.S. LAPTOP BAN LIST
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES» Emirates and Turkish Airways said they have been exempted from a U.S. ban on laptops in airplane cabins, joining Etihad in satisfying American security concerns that had cut into the long-haul carriers’ business.
It remains unclear how the airlines addressed fears that the Islamic State or other militant groups might smuggle explosives in electronic devices. But in Turkey, authorities now use CT scanners to take cross-section images of passengers’ electronics just before they board airplanes heading to the U.S.
Both airlines alerted the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees airplane safety in the United States, that “they are ready to comply with the enhanced security measures,” said David Lapan, a Homeland Security spokesman in Washington.
CNN faces backlash over handling of Trump video.
CNN says safety concerns led to its decision not to reveal the identity of the Reddit user who originally posted an anti-CNN video — an old WWE video of Trump “roughing up” pro wrestling maven Vince McMahon, with the CNN logo superimposed over McMahon’s face.
The way the decision was explained and deep distrust of CNN among President Donald Trump’s supporters have provoked a backlash against the network.
International tourism to U.S. still strong.
The U.S. Travel Association says more international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in May, again defying expectations of slow growth or a decline in reaction to President Trump’s travel ban and other issues. Despite the strong spring numbers, an overall slowdown is still projected for the year.
Factory orders fall in May.
Orders to U.S. factories fell for the second straight month in May. The Commerce Departments reports that factory orders slid 0.8 percent in May, biggest drop since last November.
EU, Japan reach free trade deal.
BRUSSELS» The European Union and Japan have agreed “in principle” on a free trade deal that will affect an overwhelming majority of commerce between the two economic giants and will be officially endorsed at a summit of their leaders Thursday.
Italy to nationalize bank.
MILAN» The Italian government is taking control of troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena and will try to relaunch it in a plan that includes disposing of a massive $32.5 billion in bad loans. In detailing the plan Wednesday, bank CEO Marco Morelli said the disposal of the bad loans was “the most relevant issue” in the European Commission’s approval this week of the rescue. The government will inject 5.4 billion euros into the bank.