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REVEALED: Boeing charged airlines extra money for key safety upgrades that were missing on crashed planes

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The New York Times reports that Boeing has been charging airlines extra money for two important safety upgrades that happened to be missing on two recent Boeing planes that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

In particular, the Times reports that Boeing charged airlines money for key software upgrades that could have helped pilots avoid deadly plane crashes in those two countries.

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“Boeing’s optional safety features, in part, could have helped the pilots detect any erroneous readings,” the Times reports. “One of the optional upgrades, the angle of attack indicator, displays the readings of the two sensors. The other, called a disagree light, is activated if those sensors are at odds with one another.”

The two airlines involved in the recent Boeing crashes, Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia’s Lion Air, skipped these upgrades because they do not have the financial resources enjoyed by major American and European airlines.

In the wake of the crashes, Boeing has announced that it will offer these safety upgrades for free to all of its 737 Max series planes.

Bjorn Fehrm, an analyst at the aviation consultancy Leeham, slammed Boeing for charging extra for these features, which he said caused “almost nothing to install.”

“Boeing charges for them because it can,” he told the New York Times. “But they’re vital for safety.”

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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