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SUMMER AIRLINE TRAVEL
UNDATED (AP) _ The airline industry’s U.S. trade group is predicting another record for summer travel.
Airlines for America forecasts that 257.4 million people will fly on U.S. carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31.
That’s a 3.4% increase over last summer, and it works out to about 2.8 million travelers a day.
The trade group says airlines are adding 111,000 seats per day, more than the predicted 93,000 increase in daily passengers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average inflation-adjusted price for a domestic ticket has dropped for four straight years to the lowest level since the agency began tracking fare prices in 1995. But those numbers don’t include all the extra fees that airlines now charge.
TRUMP - SUMO WRESTLING
TOKYO (AP) — Plans for U.S. President Donald Trump to check out the ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling during a state visit are raising security issues for organizers.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to have Trump and his wife Melania attend a tournament May 26 and hand over a trophy to the winner.
But Japanese media reports say security needs mean those who have already bought tickets to 1,000 seats near the ring have to be checked in advance. Ringside seats are coveted for sumo, an art-like sport that dates back to the 17th century.
The Japan Sumo Association declined comment Tuesday.
Trump says he is having a trophy made, which Japanese media have already informally dubbed the “Trump Cup.”
Trump visits Japan next week.
ATTACKED DENVER-AREA SCHOOL HOLDS COMMENCEMENT
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Seniors from a Colorado high school where a student was killed trying to thwart a shooting two weeks ago have graduated.
The Denver Broncos hosted commencement ceremonies for STEM School Highlands Ranch on last night at their training facility in suburban Denver.
Eighteen-year-old Kendrick Castillo was fatally shot as he and two classmates tried to stop one of the two gunmen who attacked the school on May 7. The shooting came during the last week of classes for Castillo and his fellow seniors.
Valedictorian Emma Goodwill said Monday the attack does not define the school and asked her classmates to “love so fully and fundamentally like Kendrick.”
AFRICAN PAINTED DOG DIES WHEN GATE COLLAPSES ON HER AT ZOO
MIAMI (AP) — Officials at a Florida zoo say a young African painted dog was killed when a gate collapsed on her.
Zoo Miami posted on Facebook that the female dog died yesterday. She was one of five puppies born at the zoo in January.
Zoo officials say the endangered canines were being moved between enclosures in a routine transfer when a cable that supported a solid metal guillotine door separated, allowing the door to fall on the animal, killing her instantly.
Officials say they’re investigating to determine the exact cause of the failure, which includes inspections of all similar equipment throughout the zoo.
STUDENT IN THWARTED SHOOTING IN PORTLAND, OREGON PLEADS NOT-GUILTY TO GUN CHARGES
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A high school senior who authorities say brought a shotgun to a Portland, Oregon, school but was tackled by a security guard before anyone was hurt has pleaded not guilty to gun-related charges.
Angel Granados-Diaz entered the plea yesterday during a brief hearing to one felony and three misdemeanors.
Granados-Diaz turned 19 in jail yesterday as classes resumed at Parkrose High School.
Authorities say he was arrested Friday at Parkrose after former University of Oregon football star Keanon Lowe wrestled the gun away from him.
Lowe works at the school as head football and track coach and as a security guard.
No one was injured in the incident.
WOMAN ACKNOWLEDGES THREATENING PRESIDENT TRUMP
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has acknowledged that she threatened to kill President Donald Trump.
A prosecutor says 25-year-old Taryn Corrinne Henthorn of Middlebourne pleaded guilty in federal court in Wheeling. Authorities say Henthorn made the threat on Facebook and elsewhere in January.
Henthorn faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing.
No sentencing date was immediately set.