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Business News: FAA To Ease Electronic Device Restrictions; Texas Town Sues Fertilizer Plant

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices.
The government is moving toward allowing gate-to-gate use of music players, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other gadgets, although it may take a few months.
Restrictions on cellphone calls and Internet use and transmission are not expected to be changed.
An industry-labor advisory committee is considering recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration on easing restrictions on using electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.
The FAA said Friday that the deadline for those recommendations has been extended from July to September. Committee members asked for extra time to finish assessing whether it's safe to lift restrictions.
The FAA is under public and political pressure to ease the restrictions.

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Officials of the small Texas town devastated by an April 17 fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people has filed suit against the plant owner and supplier.
The lawsuit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages from plant owner Adair Grain and CF Industries, which supplied agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate toe the plant. A fire at the plant ignited the explosive chemical, flattening homes, schools and businesses and killing firefighters and other first-responders.
The lawsuit filed in state district court in Waco alleges Adair Grain was negligent in how it stored the chemical. It says CF Industries was liable for an inherently hazardous product.
Adair Grain spokesman Daniel Keeney and CF Industries spokesman Dan Swenson told the Waco Tribune-Herald that they hadn't reviewed the lawsuit and declined to comment.


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