By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solar-powered airplane midway through an attempt to circle the globe began the next leg of its history-making journey on Monday, departing northern California on a relatively short 16-hour flight to Arizona, the project team said. The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse 2 took off just after 5 a.m. local time from San Francisco on a flight that will take it over the Mojave Desert before its planned arrival in Phoenix shortly before 9:30 p.m. The lengthy duration of Monday's flight, which an airliner would make in just two hours, stems from a cruising speed more akin to that of a car, requiring pilots to practice meditation and hypnosis in training to stay alert for long hours.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday partly dismissed a lawsuit filed by Twitter Inc in which the social media company argued it should be allowed to publicly disclose more details about requests for information it receives from the U.S. government. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California also gave Twitter the opportunity to re-file its lawsuit to include more details about government decision-making, in order to try to move its claims forward. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Bill Rigby)
The White House said it does not know whether President Barack Obama will drink filtered city water when he visits Flint, Michigan on Wednesday for the first time since a drinking water crisis began there. Flint, a city of 100,000 mostly poor African Americans, was under the control of a state manager when, to save money, it switched its water supply in 2014 from Detroit's system to the Flint River. Flint switched back to Detroit's system in October.
DETROIT (AP) — Teachers in Detroit are considering their next move after they effectively shut down the financially strapped school district on Monday, giving nearly 45,000 schoolchildren an unscheduled day off. The educators stopped short of calling it a strike, instead saying they called a massive sick-out in response to an announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay teachers who deferred part of their salaries to get checks during the summer months.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of America's largest troves of political and campaign memorabilia is headed for the auction block, spurring protests from some who do not want to see it divided up and sold to private collectors.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to certify the lawsuit filed by investors who bought shares in the 2-1/2 years before the spill. The appeals court said some of the investors might have bought the stock even knowing the risk, and these investors may still sue BP individually.
DETROIT (AP) — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them won't get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.