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Safety issues keep Royal Caribbean cruise ship, thousands of passengers at port overnight

Almost 3,000 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas will wake up Monday morning in the port from which they never disembarked.

Safety issues over life vests held the ship at Florida's Port Canaveral overnight, and passengers had to remain aboard because U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents had gone home for the evening.

The ship was originally scheduled to set sail at 5 p.m. Monday.

An announcement could be heard in cellphone footage shot by a passenger.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we do apologize for the inconvenience in our delayed sailing,” an employee said.

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Royal Caribbean hasn’t responded to WFTV.com’s request for comment.

“We passed our previous inspection, but the U.S. Coast Guard would like for us to change the jackets immediately,” the company said on Twitter.

The ship is expected to depart the port Tuesday afternoon.

Passengers were making irate posts on social media Monday night.

“Instead of a Caribbean vacation, I get to spend the night in an industrial shipyard,” passenger John Shingara said. “Thanks, no thanks.”

@Royalcaribbean instead of a Caribbean vacation I get to spend the night in an industrial shipyard. Thanks no ... https://t.co/rwNJnH05fo— John Shingara (@BearsFanLurch) February 14, 2017

Royal Caribbean wrote back to Shingara, apologizing for the situation.

“We’re sorry about the delay, John,” the company posted on Twitter. “We’re working to get going ASAP, and appreciate your patience.”

@Royalcaribbean instead of a Caribbean vacation I get to spend the night in an industrial shipyard. Thanks no ... https://t.co/rwNJnH05fo— John Shingara (@BearsFanLurch) February 14, 2017

Twitter user Jeremy Taylor also posted about the delay on departing from port.

“Come on, man,” he wrote. “First the captain makes an announcement we are leaving early morning, now we are delayed until (2 p.m.).”

@RoyalCaribbean come on man. 1st the Captain makes an announcement we are leaving early morning. Now we are delayed until 1400. #Unsatisfied— Jeremy Taylor (@Jktaylor1) February 14, 2017

After Royal Caribbean responded with an apology, Taylor continued to voice his frustration.

@Jktaylor1 We're sorry about the delay, Jeremy. We're working hard to depart as soon as we can, and appreciate your patience.— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) February 14, 2017

“I understand delays for maintenance, but not preventable safety violations,” he wrote.

@RoyalCaribbean I understand delays for maintenance but not preventable safety violations— Jeremy Taylor (@Jktaylor1) February 14, 2017

United Airlines pilot reportedly removed from flight after rant about Trump, Clinton, divorce

A United Airlines pilot was removed from an Austin, Texas, to San Francisco flight Saturday evening, a spokesman for United Airlines confirmed.

United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed that the pilot was removed from United Airlines Flight 455.

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“We hold our employees to the highest standards and we removed that pilot from that flight,” he said. “We brought in a new crew and they operated that flight.”

The pilot boarded the flight dressed in regular clothes, he confirmed.

According to multiple reports on Twitter from passengers, the pilot went on a “rant” about her divorce, President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and also started crying.

Randy Reiss, a passenger on the flight, tweeted about the flight and described the situation as scary. On Twitter, Reiss said the pilot told those on board that she was going through a divorce and began crying during the incident.

So, y'all. I'm shaking right now. I just left my @united flight 455 'cos the captain demonstrated that she was not mentally in a safe space.— Randy Reiss (@undeadsinatra) February 11, 2017

Reiss told the Austin American-Statesman via Twitter that he believed the pilot was not in “the mental space today to take that on.”

A video uploaded to YouTube – then later deleted – appeared to show a portion of what the pilot said to passengers.

In the video, the pilot said: “Don’t worry, I’m going to let my co-pilot fly it (the airplane). He’s a man,” she said.

“If you don’t feel safe, get off the airplane. But otherwise, we can go,” the pilot told passengers over the intercom.

After that comment, a man in the video appeared to get up and request to get off of the airplane.

The pilot then asked passengers if she offended them.

The flight was scheduled to depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 5:02 p.m., according to KVUE News.

The flight’s departure was delayed for about two hours due to the incident, Hobart said.

“We removed her from the flight, (and) we’re going to discuss this matter with her,” he said. “We were looking out for our customers to get them to where they needed to be.”

Two all-electric cars fall short on safety, report finds

Two models of all-electric cars are not as safe as they can be, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

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A report released Wednesday said that the 2017 Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 fall short of "good" ratings, instead receiving "acceptable" ratings for certain crash standards.

The Model S fell short in testing for head restraints and roof strength for the P100D model.

Headlights for the Model S received a poor rating.

During crash testing, the seat belt in the Model S caused the torso of a crash test dummy to move too far forward upon impact, hitting its head against the steering wheel.

"There's no reason the most efficient vehicles can't also be among the safest," said David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer for IIHS. "We hope that Tesla and BMW will continue to refine the designs of their electric models to maximize driver protection." 

Tesla responded. 

"One of the improvements recently introduced in January 2017 specifically addresses the 'acceptable' (or second highest) rating that the Model S achieved in the small overlap frontal crash test, and we expect new tests to yield the highest possible rating ('good' rating) in the crashworthiness category," said Tesla spokeswoman Keely Sulprizio. 

Rollover crash testing of the P100D version of the Model S showed a lack of roof strength. 

While this car has the same roof as other Model S vehicles, the P100D is heavier, IIHS said.  

The BMW i3 missed the mark because of what was found during rear-crash testing for head restraint and seat safety.

The car received an "acceptable" rating in those categories, falling short of a "good" rating. 

"We narrowly missed the IIHS rear impact test rating of 'good,' and therefore, the BMW i3 does not achieve a IIHS Top Safety + rating," said spokeswoman Rebecca Kiehne. "However, the BMW i3 with its carbon-fiber structure is designed to meet and exceed global safety standards."

IIHS has plans to test another electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt, once it becomes readily available to the public. 

Justin Trudeau to refugees: 'Canadians will welcome you'

In the wake of a controversial travel ban ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will welcome refugees.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada," he wrote, along with a 2015 photo of himself with a Syrian child.

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To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanadaPosted by Justin Trudeau on Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trudeau hopes to visit the White House soon, The Associated Press reports.

“The prime minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy with the president when they next speak,” spokeswoman Kate Purchase told the AP.

Trump signed an executive order Friday that institutes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the refugee program. The order also blocks Syrian refugees from coming to the United States indefinitely.

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Late Saturday, New York U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an emergency order banning the U.S. from deporting valid visa holders or people with approved refugee applications who have been detained in connection with the ban. In a statement early Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security said, "Prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety."

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hillary Clinton reacts to Trump travel ban: 'This is not who we are'

As protests against President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban erupted Saturday at airports across the country, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out on Twitter.

"I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution," she tweeted Saturday night. "This is not who we are."

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I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 29, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trump signed an executive order Friday that institutes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the refugee program. The order also blocks Syrian refugees from coming to the United States indefinitely.

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Late Saturday, New York U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an emergency order banning the U.S. from deporting valid visa holders or people with approved refugee applications who have been detained in connection with the ban. 

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: What we know about the victims

Five people were killed and six others were injured when a man opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun Friday at the baggage area of Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Authorities took into custody Esteban Santiago, 26, a passenger on a Delta flight from Alaska to Minnesota, then South Florida. Santiago had declared his firearm to the airline and had a military ID.

More than 30 people were injured in the ensuing chaos.

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Here’s what we know so far about the victims of Friday’s attack. At least four of the five were on vacation, headed for cruises at Port Everglades. They were collecting their luggage when Santiago opened fired in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport.

Authorities have yet to officially release the names, but The Associated Press reports on the stories of four of them:

Shirley Timmons, 70, from Ohio

Tragedy struck an Ohio family when Shirley Timmons was slain and her husband critically injured during the airport attack.

The couple had flown to Fort Lauderdale on Friday to join the rest of their family for a cruise, WILE-FM reported.

>> Ohio woman among victims in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Timmons’ grandson, Steve Reineccius, confirmed over Facebook that his grandmother was one of the victims and that his grandfather Steve Timmons was wounded. They were both 70 years old.

Timmons was shot in the head and underwent emergency surgery at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, where he’s in critical condition, the station reported.

The couple’s 51st wedding anniversary was in three weeks. They’re from Senecaville, about 90 miles east of Columbus.

Terry Andres, 62, from Virginia

Terry Andres and his wife, Ann, flew to Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean cruise, one of many they’d taken together over the years. Because they loved to travel, they’d booked a second trip immediately following the cruise, a week in Cancun, Mexico.

The night before they left their Virginia Beach home, the couple offered their generator to neighbors as a snowstorm bore down on the region. After hearing about the shooting, friend Jessica Winbauer texted the couple.

“She texted me back about an hour and a half later saying ‘Please call me,'” Jessica Winbauer told The Associated Press, holding back tears.

That’s when Ann Andres broke the news: her husband was one of the five victims.

>> Fort Lauderdale airport shooter charged, could face death penalty

“She was alone sitting in a car where they had shuffled her, I guess,” Winbauer said. “It was horrible.”

Terry Andres’ death shocked the close-knit community just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Neighbors visited with one another to share the news or made the rare phone call to fill-in people who had moved away.

“It’s like a commune back here,” said Winbauer, whose son is the Andres’ godchild. “Everyone has keys to everybody’s house. Everyone is connected.”

Terry Andres worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in nearby Portsmouth, neighbors said. He liked to golf and play tennis. And he was the guy who loaned out his tools to neighbors and did his own crown molding in his house, said neighbor Mark Lottinville.

The couple would have celebrated their birthdays during the two-week trip.

Olga Woltering, 84, from Georgia

Parishioners at the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Cobb County, Georgia, remember Olga Woltering as “the life of the party.”

“She was always a bright spirit,” Ron Schaefer said. “We’d see her at church, and it was always a pleasure to see her smiling face and say hello to her.”

On Saturday, those same church members who recalled the octogenarian’s bright smile circulated news of her death.

She and her husband, 90, had been an active part of their congregation since 1978.

>> Georgia woman among 5 killed in airport shooting

At Saturday evening’s Mass, Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo spoke of evil, saying there are some people walking in darkness, “bringing pain and clouds of sadness into our world.”

“We saw an example of this yesterday at the Fort Lauderdale airport,” he said.

Woltering and her husband flew to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise, parishioners said. Friends said she was originally from England. Ralph Woltering had served in the U.S. Air Force, parishioner Alvin Connolly said.

“From what I understand, their sons are in Florida with her husband right now,” Connolly said.

The couple lived in a retirement community.

“She and her husband were kind of the life of the party,” Connolly said. “They’d go to a dance, and they’d be the last ones on the floor.

“You look at them and say, ‘Man I hope I can do everything they do when I’m that age,’” Connolly said.

Woltering was active in the ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charity affiliated with her church, said Roger Heil, the grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus group. Her husband was involved in the Knights of Columbus, he said.

​Tragedy hit too close to home today. Transfiguration Church lost a very loving and caring woman in the Ft Lauderdale...Posted by Jerry de Varennes on Friday, January 6, 2017

Michael Oehme, 57, from Iowa

Michael Oehme was a frequent traveler who loved to cruise with his wife, and the couple was about to head out to sea again, his sister told The Associated Press on Saturday.

“They were supposed to leave today,” Elizabeth Oehme-Miller, 52, said by phone from Council Bluffs, Iowa, also the couple’s hometown. “They were happy to be going on another trip.”

Oehme, 57, was a land surveyor and owned his own business, Boundaryline Surveys, his sister said.

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His wife, Kari Oehme, is hospitalized with injuries from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and is expected to recover, her sister-in-law said. Kari Oehme is a clerical worker at a local office, Oehme-Miller said.

She said she learned that the couple was at the airport during the shooting through a text message from her daughter.

“I still can’t believe it’s true,” Oehme-Miller said. “It hasn’t hit yet. I’m kind of in shock right now.”

Brazilian soccer team in Colombia plane crash: 5 things to know

A Brazilian soccer team was on board a chartered plane that crashed late Monday in Colombia, killing dozens, The Associated Press reports.

The head of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority told G1 on Tuesday that two black boxes have been recovered from the scene of the crash. Officials hope the flight recorder will shed more light on the moments leading up to the crash.

Here's what we know so far:

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Gas Prices Drop as Motorists Gear Up for Thanksgiving Travel

Motorists preparing to travel for Thanksgiving have something to be thankful for: falling gas prices. According to GasBuddy, prices in 44 of the 50 U.S. states are lower than a week ago, coming just in time for when millions of Americans will be hitting the road.GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be the third lowest in over a decade at $2.11 per gallon. Average prices have only been lower for Thanksgiving in 2015 ($2.05) and 2008 ($1.81). Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.14, some 65 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving merely two years ago ($2.79)....

Rising U.S.oil rig count sets a record

Shale oil rig (courtesy of Day Donalson)Its not a passing fad or anomoly.This week, Baker Hughes Inc., a significant supplier of oilfield services and equipment revealed that for the week of November 18, the U.S. drilling rig count rose twenty units to 588. That increase alone is the biggest rise since April 2014 - long before oil's engineered collapse by OPEC's leader, Saudia Arabia later in November of that same year.While the increase is the biggest in that time, it follows a slow but steady weekly increase which started last June. Since then 184 units have restarted, despite oil remaining below the $50 a barrel threshold....

Is It Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

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 Takeout food. Pet odors. Gym clothes. Lingering, unwanted scents can be trapped by your car’s air cabin filter and recirculating indefinitely—especially if it’s been a long time since the filter was last replaced.

 Before you take your vehicle to the dealer or your local mechanic, take some sound advice from Cars.com on how to take care of it. Besides, what they save you might equal a tank of gas (or two!).

 Time it right

 When you should replace your filter varies by manufacturer: some say every 12,000 miles, some every 15,000, and some even longer. And how often can depend on how much you drive and where: urban area with poor air quality? Desert climate with a lot of dust? In those areas, you’re looking at needing to replace your filter more often than in a rural area with great air quality.

 Know the signs

 The two main signs you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your climate control system (think: when you crank up the fan and get more noise than results) and persistent bad odors. But even if you don’t have these problems, you should have your filter checked at least once a year—and luckily, you can do it yourself.

 Get handy

 According to Cars.com, the majority of filters are located behind the glove box and are easily accessible by freeing the box from its fasteners. Others are located under the dashboard, or are under the hood where fresh air enters the climate control system. Check with your owner’s manual in all situations to make sure you’re accessing the filter safely and correctly.

 Some filters are expensive—weighing in at $50 or more at dealerships—so another way to save money is to buy a replacement filter at a parts store and install it yourself. Advanced Auto Parts, for instance, sells many filters between $14.99 and $24.99. With a little bit of work, you’ll reap a lot of time and savings.

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