They later tweeted that the device had been defused . Later in the day, police said the cylindrical object contained nails, wires and batteries but no detonator. The number of police officers and private guards has multiplied in Christmas markets, which opened last week in Germany . The package was dropped off by a messenger service in the afternoon at a chemist in the Brandenburg state capital just as crowds were gathering at the nearby Christmas market.
Thousands of pilots were able to schedule breaks December 17-31, leaving flights scheduled to depart from American's most bustling hubs pilotless, including airports in New York City, Miami, Dallas and Chicago. "We have more reserve pilots on hand in December than [in] normal months and they provide us with the ability to fly numerous trips that are now uncovered", American said in its initial statement on Thursday.
Oil prices were down heading into today's data and heading into this week's meeting, with WTI down $.015 (-0.26 percent) at $57.96 at 2:00pm EST, and Brent crude down $0.19 (-0.30 percent) at $63.19. Refinery utilization rates rose by 1.3 percentage points. Oil futures rose on Wednesday as US crude stockpiles fell last week, countering doubts about Russia's willingness to extend substantially a deal among exporters to curb output.
The House version of the tax plan contained a provision to tax graduate student tuition waivers, which might cause some students to see a 300-400 percent increase in their taxes. Each is a de facto tax increase on American students and their families, makes the already hard task of affording college even more so, and closes the door to many for whom a college education is a doorway to a successful future.
However, the union says American's proposal would be in violation of the group's overtime rules. American Airlines' response did not include comment on the exact dates and number of flights affected by the current situation. CNBC says it's not clear right now how pilots will be assigned to the flights or if any of them will be canceled, but the union says American's plan to do so violated union contracts.
The multichannel shopper spent $82 more on average than those who only shopped online. A survey carried out by the National Retail Foundation found that the average shopper had a sizeable haul, spending an average of $442 (approx.) over the five day period.