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Why did Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 have a sealed-off emergency exit in the first place? The answer comes down to money

The door plug area of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft awaits inspection on Jan. 10, 2024. Lindsey Wasson/AP PhotoThe aviation industry is still in shock from a near disaster on Jan. 5, 2024, in which a 60-pound “door plug” blew out from a nearly new Boeing 737 MAX 9 in flight at 16,000 feet, leaving a gaping hole in the fuselage.

Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este: Efforts to force a busy informal commercial hub to follow global trade rules have only made life harder for those eking out a living

Vendors at work on a bustling Ciudad del Este street packed with stalls. Jennifer L. Tucker, CC BY-NDParaguay’s Ciudad del Este is a busy South American contraband hub where scrappy Paraguayan vendors and Brazilian traders mix with businessmen from places as far away as Lebanon and South Korea.

Not all carbon-capture projects pay off for the climate – we mapped the pros and cons of each and found clear winners and losers

Producing concrete blocks with captured carbon, like these in Brooklyn, NY., has both economic and climate benefits. AP Photo/John MinchilloCapturing carbon dioxide from the air or industries and recycling it can sound like a win-win climate solution. The greenhouse gas stays out of the atmosphere where it can warm the planet, and it avoids the use of more fossil fuels.

When can we stop worrying about rising prices? The latest inflation report offers no easy answers

Aisle be damned! Inflation is proving stubborn as the economy moves into 2024. miniseries via Getty ImagesTired of thinking about inflation’s impact on your wallet? You’re not alone. But like it or not, higher prices continue to be an economic and – with the presidential race – a political issue as we enter the early months of 2024.

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