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Southwest Airlines Explosion.
One person died and seven were injured as a Southwest jet en route from New York to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday. Harrowing reports detailed the scene that unfolded after one of the two engines exploded on the Boeing 737, which sent shrapnel against the fuselage and broke a cabin window (see photos). The interior cabin rapidly decompressed, nearly sucking a woman out of the broken window before passengers pulled her back in. The woman - Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico - ultimately died from injuries sustained during the ordeal. She was the first passenger to die in an accident involving a US-based airline since 2009. Jet engines are built with protective casings meant to prevent shrapnel from hitting the fuselage in the even of an explosion - the failure will be a key focus of the post-accident analysis of the incident. 

Starbucks Makes Statement.

Starbucks announced it would close nearly all of its 8,000 company-owned retail stores on May 29th, 2018 to conduct racial bias training for employees. The move comes following heavy criticism after an incident at a Philadelphia location last week in which the store manager called police on two black men who were waiting to meet a friend. The employee who made the call has since departed the company. Following the arrests Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement calling the incident "reprehensible" and met with the two men in person to apologize. Starbucks has tied its brand to social messaging in recent years, including the not-so-well received "Race Together" campaign initiated by then-CEO Howard Schultz in 2015. The closure could cost the company around $16M in lost sales, with an estimated 175,000 employees taking part in the training. 

You can see video of the incident here

Secret US-North Korea Meeting.
Reports yesterday suggested that CIA director Mike Pompeo met secretly with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un over Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for a potential meeting with President Trump. Pompeo is currently under consideration to become Secretary of State, replacing former Secretary Rex Tillerson. The move is the latest in what appears to be a diplomatic thaw on the Korean peninsula - Kim has broached the possibility of denuclearizing the North, and President Trump raised the possibility of a meeting with Kim back in March. The meeting is tentatively being planned for June - if it happens, it would be the first meeting between leaders from the two countries since before the Korean War in 1950. The news came on the same day as reports suggested that North and South Korea may announce an end to their war, which has officially continued since 1950 as although there was a cease-fire, no peace treaty was ever signed. 

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