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Delays minor as cuts hit air traffic control

Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country Sunday, the first day air-traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, although some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York.

Mark Duell at the flight tracking website FlightAware said John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York indicated delays because of lower staffing starting late Sunday evening. JFK averaged 70-minute delays for inbound flights but no detectable departure delays. LaGuardia averaged 74-minute delays for inbound flights and departure delays of 37 minutes.

The trade group Airlines for America, which represents the airlines and had predicted a big traffic snarl, said Sunday evening that it was “not seeing a significant impact at this point.”

Space contractor gets rocket in orbit

A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station successfully launched a rocket Sunday in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

About 10 minutes after the launch from Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

The Sunday launch comes after two previous attempts were scrubbed.

4 more dead IDd in fertilizer plant blast

Officials and family members have identified four more first responders who died in last week’s deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion, including two brothers.

At least 14 people died in Wednesday’s explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders.

Robert Champion, the special agent in charge for the Dallas office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said experts plan to enter the crater in the next few days in search of an explanation for the blast.

NRA T-shirt got him charged, teen says

A West Virginia student said he was charged by police with causing a disruption at a middle school when he refused to remove a T-shirt that displayed the National Rifle Association’s logo and hunting rifle.

Jared Marcum, 14, said the shirt did not violate Logan Middle School’s dress code policy. A call to the Logan Police Department rang unanswered Sunday. A message left Sunday at a number for the school principal wasn’t immediately returned.

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