Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

 Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard, according to an audio recording released Friday.

“I’m the schmuck who landed on the taxiway,” Ford told an air traffic controller shortly after the near-miss on Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Recordings of Ford’s conversations with air traffic controllers were released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 74-year-old actor was told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L, but he instead landed on a parallel taxiway. An American Airlines flight was on the same taxiway, waiting to take off.

A video released last month showed Ford’s Aviat Husky plane from behind as it descends toward the airfield where the American Airlines Boeing 737 is slowly taxiing.

“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford asked the air traffic control tower as he landed in the wrong spot.

“Oh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that,” Ford said.

In a phone call with an air traffic controller after the incident, Ford said he “got distracted by the airliner” and also mentioned “big turbulence” from another plane that was landing.

The American Airlines flight, with 110 passengers and six crew members, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.

When an air traffic controller told the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star to take his time getting the number from his pilot’s license, remarking it isn’t a big deal, Ford responded: “It’s a big deal for me.”

Landing on a taxiway, instead of a runway, is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The agency’s probe of the incident is still underway, spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday.

Ford’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

Ford, who collects vintage planes, has a long record as an aviator. He has had several close calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer. It crashed on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure.


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Lyft says round up your fare and donate to charity

Lyft thinks it has found another way to differentiate itself from its rival Uber.

The ride-sharing company announced Sunday morning that it will soon allow passengers to round up their fares to the nearest dollar, and give the difference to charity.

Round Up & Donate will launch in the coming weeks, most likely with a single organization that can receive donations, Lyft executives said. The company expects to gradually expand the program and highlight local community organizations.

Lyft is the smaller of the two most well-known ride-sharing startups. The two companies compete vigorously against one another. Uber has become the dominant name around the world, and it’s valued at more than $60 billion.

But Uber’s explosive growth has come at a cost. Uber is investigating public allegations of sexual harassment of women at its offices, and the hashtag #DeleteUber has trended on social media. CEO Travis Kalanick has said he needs leadership help and is seeking a second in command.

Lyft, which is focused on the United States, announced in January that it would expand to 100 more U.S. cities this year.

Lyft originated as a lighthearted ridesharing option, initially encouraging riders and drivers to fistbump before rides. Drivers also used to put large pink mustaches on the grill of their vehicles.

Research from The Rideshare Guy, a popular industry blog, has found that Lyft drivers report higher earnings than Uber drivers. Lyft allows drivers to receive tips through its app, whereas Uber does not.

Lyft is not the first to build charitable donations into ridesharing. RideAustin, a nonprofit company in Austin, Texas, has a similar program.

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New construction projects are changing Fort Lauderdale’s skyline

The Fort Lauderdale skyline is reaching new heights, as giant buildings are transforming the city.

Whether you are driving or walking  through downtown, you can’t miss the massive cranes scattered across the city.

One structure leading the pack is called 100 Las Olas and it’s slated to be the tallest building in Fort Lauderdale, standing at nearly 500 feet.

“Fort Lauderdale is coming into a transformation from the retail standpoint and of course, a residential standpoint,” Peggy Fucci, a real estate strategist, said. 

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on hand Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the building, which will contain a hotel, more than 120 residential units, along with 8,500 square feet of retail space.

He says the project will do wonders for the city.

“We’re trying to create a very walkable, livable, 24/7 live, work, play downtown and I think these buildings are helping to deliver that,” Seiler said.

Just a few blocks east stands the 455-foot icon Las Olas Condominium Tower next to the Federal Highway Tunnel, literally steps away from restaurants and shops.

Meanwhile, Gale Residences Fort Lauderdale Beach is currently in the works, and when it will be completed next year, it will feature nearly 130 units, with views of the beach and intracoastal.

“We’re not trying to be any other city, we’re just trying to be the best city we can be,” Seiler said. 

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Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 15 injured

They came for a night of music and dancing. They left by fleeing past wounded clubgoers lying on a bloody floor.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at the packed Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, a DJ called for security over and over, one man recalled later.

Four off-duty police officers were outside in the parking lot.

To get in, clubgoers had been searched with an electronic wand to detect hidden weapons.

Still, the witness told CNN affiliate WLWT that he heard about 20 gunshots in the club.

One person was killed and 15 wounded. Police said several people had been able to sneak guns into the club and they believe more than one person was involved in the shooting. They said it might have developed from a dispute that started earlier in the day.

The shooting was not related to terrorism, authorities said.

Police identified the slain man as O’Bryan Spikes, 27.

Several victims were undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN Sunday morning. Police do not have any suspects in custody but are interviewing witnesses.

‘A lot of chaos’

Cameo is in the former home of a gay bar called Adonis, which closed in 2012.

It is in the city’s East End area, on the Ohio River Scenic Byway near Cincinnati Municipal Airport – Lunken Field, amid used auto parts yards and marinas.

Cameo hires police officers for extra security. Two officers were stationed at the club’s entrance and another two in the parking lot, Franz said.

Officers in those situations are allowed to provide security only outside the clubs, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said later. Clubs are responsible for their internal security.

A man who was inside told CNN affiliate WLWT that he heard the DJ calling for security, although the music hadn’t stopped.

“It was just a lot of chaos, obviously, when the shots went off,” Cincinnati Police Department Capt. Kimberly Williams said. “People (were) just trying to get out of harm’s way.”

To leave the club, some partiers had to flee past injured people on the floor.

‘Chaotic crime scene’

Police found a “chaotic crime scene” as they looked for witnesses, many of whom took off when the shooting started, said Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate.

“Everyone that we can identify is being interviewed,” he said.

The packed parking lot and the crowds trying to drive away hindered fire rescue teams, Assistant Fire Chief Roy Winston said.

“You had a mass group of people leaving the scene,” Winston said.

Police are hoping witnesses will come forward to help identify suspects.

Some of the injured drove themselves to area hospitals, police said.

One patient was treated for a gunshot wound and released from Anderson Hospital, said Nanette Bentley, hospital spokeswoman. Another person walked into West Hospital with a non-gunshot injury and was treated and released, Bentley said.

‘Just going to have a good time’

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his city is “deeply saddened by this tragedy” and urged community members to work together.

“People were just going to have a good time and ended up getting shot,” he said. “That is totally unacceptable.

“This is a tragedy that has struck other communities and now it has struck Cincinnati. Our hearts are broken but our spirit is not.”

Club has had ‘challenges in the past’

The Cameo nightclub allows admission to anyone over the age of 18 on Friday nights. Saturday nights are 21 and above and promoted as “grown and sexy” night.

Cameo has a history of violent incidents, WLWT reported.

“We are aware of it. It (the club) has had some challenges in the past,” Neudigate said.

Multiple assaults were reported at Cameo from 2014 to 2016, affiliate WXIX reported.

Worst US mass shooting so far this year

The incident is the worst mass shooting (for total number of victims) so far in 2017, according to Gunviolencearchive.org. There have been 71 in the US this year.

In Cincinnati alone, there have been at least nine since 2013. The most recent was February 28, when six people were shot at an apartment building in the Northside neighborhood.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is helping Cincinnati police with this investigation.

“Saddened to learn about last night’s shooting in Cincinnati,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted. “Our prayers are with the victims and families of all of those involved.

“I’ve instructed our administration to offer any assistance the state can provide.”

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