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  • US agency says will delay planned closure of air traffic towers

    WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday that it will delay the planned closure of 149 air traffic control towers until June 15 in order to resolve multiple legal challenges.

    The closures, which were due to begin as early as Sunday, were one of the most visible signs of the broad "sequester" budget cuts that kicked in on March 1.

    Several airports that faced the loss of their federally funded air traffic controllers questioned whether the FAA had followed its own safety procedures.
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Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard

ZAMORA, Mexico - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday, an official said, one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade of gang violence wracking the country. | Video