AIRLINES FINED FOR VIOLATIONS
Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to resolve government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.
The Transportation Department detailed the violations and the fines levied against American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines in documents released late Friday.
• The government fined American Airlines $250,000 after determining that the air carrier failed to make timely refunds to passengers in the first half of 2015.
• Delta agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve the government’s finding that the airline underreported the number of mishandled baggage complaints it received from passengers.
• Officials hit Frontier Airlines with a heftier fine: $400,000. Investigators determined that the airline involuntarily bumped passengers from overbooked flights without first seeking volunteers or providing proper compensation in a timely manner.
NAACP names interim leader. BALTIMORE» The NAACP announced a new interim leader on Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow it to talk to local members and figure out what the future of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization should be.
Derrick Johnson, the vice chairman of the NAACP board of directors, will serve as interim president and CEO, officials announced at the 108th national convention here.
Trump making it harder for billionaires? NEW YORK» President Donald Trump’s performance in the White House will make it harder for Republicans — and billionaires — in the coming elections, two of his most prominent critics said Saturday.
Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lashed out at the Republican president during separate remarks at a summer festival in New York City’s Central Park.
Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, said he may challenge Trump in 2020.
Cuban warned that Trump “might ruin the path” for another billionaire outsider to run for president in the future.
“He’s not setting the best example,” Cuban said.
Man sues to collect lottery winnings.
A man who was denied a $5 million lottery jackpot because his teenage son bought the ticket is suing the California Lottery Commission.
Ward Thomas of Long Beach says he sent his son to buy Scratchers tickets from a gas station in October.
One was a winner. Thomas says he validated the ticket at a lottery office, but two months later, the prize was denied because his son was 16 and only adults can play.
Mom needs help with 10-year-old car thief.
Police say the mother of a 10-year-old Florida boy arrested four times in six weeks for stealing cars is asking for help controlling her son.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said the boy will be in juvenile detention for 30 days and that his agency will help him after his release.
Capri did not offer details, but said the boy had fallen in with the wrong crowd and was spiraling out of control.
Police say he cut off his ankle monitor the day after being charged with stealing a car and stole another one.
Accused teen called “very good person.” FRANKLIN,
The attorney for an 18-year-old Ohio woman accused of burying an infant alive outside her family’s home said the teen is a “very good person” who has worked with disabled children.
Brooke Skylar Richardson pleaded not guilty through her attorney to a reckless homicide charge on Friday during a brief municipal court hearing in the southwest Ohio city of Franklin. A judge continued her $15,000 bond.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Friday the charge was based on evidence that the infant was “born alive and was not a stillborn baby.” A criminal complaint said the infant died May 7.