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December 9, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Federal safety officials will hold an investigative hearing starting Tuesday to explore the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco that killed three passengers and injured more than 180 in July. On Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board will address issues related to the crash, including pilot training, the effect of highly automated flight systems on pilot awareness, aircraft cabin safety and the emergency response of public safety agencies.
December 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Federal aviation officials are investigating why the pilot of a small plane made an emergency hard landing Thursday at a park surrounded by single-family homes in Northern California. The single-engine craft was found on its belly in a soccer field in Phoenix Park in Fair Oaks just after 2:30 p.m. The local fire department told Fox 40 that the pilot was able to walk away from the hard landing with only minor injuries. The four-seat Piper Comanche  was Auburn-bound from Salinas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
December 5, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Brian Sanders, a charter boat captain in Everglades National Park in Florida, was returning from a fishing expedition when he thought he saw black kayaks trying to come ashore. After moving closer, he realized the strange black forms were pilot whales - and a few had beached themselves. "They were literally trying to swim out of the water onto the beach as far up as they could possibly go," he said. Since the Tuesday discovery in a shallow, remote part of the Everglades, more than 50 stranded short-finned pilot whales - spotted first by Sanders - have captured national attention and have so far defied experts' predictions of their likely deaths.
December 3, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Like Wile E. Coyote realizing too late that he's walked off a cliff and is standing on thin air, "Britney Jean," the new studio album from Britney Spears, is marked with so many sleights of hand, dubious lyrics and bombastic but boringly simple melodies that the too-rare levitation of its better moments seems an animation trick. Item one: "It Should Be Easy," a song that practically wallows in its own failure. Featuring a cameo by the album's executive producer,, the track casts doubt on his utility, as evidenced by these lazy lines: "Love, it should be easy / It shouldn't be complicated / It should be easy.
November 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
AMC is looking to the past and the future in the hopes of finding its next "Walking Dead" or "Breaking Bad. " The network announced on Monday it was ordering two new pilots: "Knifeman," set in 18th century London and "Galyntine," set in a post-apocalyptic future. "Knifeman," written by "Friday Night Lights" writers Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, follows the exploits of hard-living London doctor John Tattersal, who runs a surgical practice on the sly out of his home and isn't above a little grave-robbing to harvest organs for extra cash.
November 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The proposed spinoff of the long-running CBS hit "How I Met Your Mother" has taken another step closer to appearing on TV screens next fall. The network has ordered up a pilot for the series, titled "How I Met Your Dad. " According to Deadline, CBS has green-lighted the pilot from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, as well as "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey. The series wouldn't follow any of the characters from "How I Met Your Mother," instead following a new group of characters.
November 15, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Miami police are investigating how a man fell out of a plane 2,000 feet above the ocean Thursday.  About 1:30 p.m., a pilot reported that the door of his Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft was open and that somebody had fallen out, Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Spc. Mark Barney told the Los Angeles Times. Police were interviewing the pilot, Miami Police Department spokesman Det. Javier Baez told The Times. Baez said he did not know whether it was a suicide, but the original report that he received said it was either a fall or a jump.  The incident happened about 8 miles southeast of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Barney said.
November 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
NBC can't shake its Maya Rudolph infatuation. The peacock network has ordered a pilot for a new prime-time variety series that will feature the "Saturday Night Live" graduate as its topliner, the network confirmed. It's a project Rudolph had been pushing for months after the cancellation of vexed comedy "Up All Night," in which she was a key cast member. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The variety show pairs Rudolph with an old boss once more. She will serve as executive producer along with "SNL" mastermind and "Up All Night" producer Lorne Michaels -- as well as Erin David ("Up All Night")
November 6, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Fox has officially ordered the pilot for "Fatrick," which is backed by a hefty comedy lineup. The show is written by "Dont Trust the B---- in Apt 23" creator  Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson (co-executive producer of "Apt 23", "The Crazy Ones") and directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash ("The Descendants," "The Way Way Back"). The four will also executive-produce the series. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers The network had made a pilot production commitment in August to the project.
November 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
It was Mike Robinson's 937th skydive and his very first "freak" accident. One moment, the 64-year-old skydiving instructor was clinging to a plane over Wisconsin on Saturday at sunset, ready to jump with eight others. All nine were on two Cessnas cruising in close formation, with all but two jumpers already outside the fuselage, preparing to leap. The next moment, the planes collided in midair. A wing on Robinson's plane was severed, his Cessna caught fire, and everyone plummeted toward the earth from 12,000 feet.
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