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NATIONWIDE: Loose seats disrupt flights

The federal government is examining two incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in three days. American said Monday it would inspect those and six other Boeing 757 jets overnight. The Federal Aviation Administration said both planes had seats removed and reinstalled in recent maintenance work. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said an initial review found that there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into tracks on the floor. Boeing Co. said only that it had nothing to do with the maintenance work involving seats. On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three passenger seats came loose shortly after takeoff. There were no injuries, and passengers were put on another plane to Miami. On Monday, an American flight from New York to Miami returned to Kennedy Airport after loose seats were discovered. The incidents involved separate repair facilities, Huguely said.


CALIFORNIA: 20 riders hurt in derailment

Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers were derailed Monday after colliding with a big rig truck in the Central Valley, authorities said. At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries. The crash occurred when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, authorities said. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford, a farming town.


FLORIDA: 4 held in fatal shooting of 2

Four men were charged in a shooting at a Veterans of Foreign War post that killed two people and critically wounded another, authorities said Monday. The gunfire came after a fight Sunday morning in the VFW's parking lot as a motorcycle club, known as the Warlocks, gathered for a charity ride. Several weapons were confiscated. Killed were Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette, police in Winter Springs said.

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