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Seated in the Oval Office on Wednesday, flanked by his vice president and secretary of homeland security, President Trump walked back an administration practice that has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents along the border.

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Starting July 1, American Airlines passengers cannot bring their goats or hedgehogs, spiders or sugar gliders, or any creatures with tusks, horns or hooves on board as service animals or for emotional support.

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Flying can be stressful, and sometimes, all it takes is one inconvenience or misunderstanding for a situation to escalate into a viral video. 

There is no need to charter a sleigh pulled by reindeer for your air travel to holiday destinations after all. American Airlines and its pilots have worked out a deal to staff cockpits in late December after a scheduling snafu threatened to cancel thousands of flights.

Because of what the airline is calling "a processing error" in its scheduling system, American mistakenly allowed many more pilots to take time off over the holidays than it should have.

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A glitch in American Airlines' pilot scheduling system means that thousands of flights during the holiday season currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them.

The shortage was caused by an error in the system pilots use to bid for time off, the Allied Pilots Association told NPR. The union represents the airline's 15,000 pilots.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The NAACP cautions African-Americans against flying American; Joe Straus isn’t running next year; the controversy behind wet wipes; and more.

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More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier Wednesday at D-FW International Airport.

Another nightmare encounter between a passenger and an airline is going viral and sparking an outcry against an industry accused of routinely mistreating its customers.

An American Airlines employee allegedly took a stroller from a woman boarding Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas Friday, and knocked her with it while she held a baby in her arms.

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American and Southwest Airlines both got tentative federal government approval today to start commercial flights to Cuba. But there will be no non-stops out of north Texas airports.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Spend wisely when it comes to summer getaways; meet Jennifer Anderson, widow, mother of two, tornado survivor; Donald Trump has the evangelical vote thanks to a Dallas pastor; taking a selfie can be deadly; and more. 

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Bobby Abtahi, an attorney and vice chair of the Dallas Plan Commission, was kicked off a Virgin America flight Monday. The airline says it was a misunderstanding. 

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At this hour, US Airways’ last flight is underway.  By tomorrow, the carrier becomes fully integrated into Fort Worth’s American Airlines. Managers hope to complete the merger without online reservation problems that others dealt with.

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More than 14.2 million people are expected to fly over the seven days surrounding the Labor Day holiday, a 3 percent increase from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry's trade and lobbying group. 

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American Airlines has said that it will no longer transport big game trophies, the latest carrier to announce such a policy since a popular lion named Cecil was killed by a recreational hunter in Zimbabwe.

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Fort Worth based American Airlines set an all-time earnings record today for the second quarter; it made nearly $2 billion. That news comes a day after Dallas-based Southwest announced its OWN all-time best.

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Flight running late? Searching for baggage? Forget standing in line. Send a tweet or Facebook message. A growing number of airlines are hiring social media first responders to help with customer relations, and Southwest Airlines has just joined the club. They now have nine “social care” representatives working seven days a week, eighteen hours a day.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Orbitz and American Airlines end their business relationship, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science scores a mammoth donation, the purchasing power of $100 in Texas, and more.

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Much virtual ink has been spilled and hot air spewed over this week’s decision to let Virgin America move its operations from D/FW International Airport to Dallas Love Field. Rick Seaney of explains what this and other changes could mean for flyers.

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Dallas city officials announced Monday afternoon that Virgin America will get the two open gates at Dallas Love Field. Virgin beat out Dallas-based Southwest Airlines for the gates, which American Airlines had to give up due to its merger with U.S. Airways.

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American Airlines’ regional carrier, American Eagle, is changing its name to Envoy. Parent company American Airlines Group says customers will still see planes with the American Eagle logo, but with the word “Envoy” added.  

American says it will cut confusion, but others aren’t so sure.

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In less than two weeks Fort Worth is expected to become home to the world’s largest airline.  That’s because a federal judge today approved an antitrust agreement that will allow American Airlines and U.S. Airways to merge.

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved an antitrust settlement that paves the way for American Airlines and U.S. Airways to merge next month. In New York this morning Judge Sean Lane also rejected an effort by members of a consumer group to delay the merger while they pursue their own antitrust lawsuit against the airlines. When complete the merger will create the world's biggest airline which will be based in Fort Worth.

Now that American Airlines and US Airways have settled their suit with the Justice Department, their planned merger can take off.  But some worry that fares will soar as a result.  

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Update, 12:43 p.m.: The Justice Department has reached an agreement to allow the merger of U.S. Airways and Fort Worth-based American Airlines. American and U.S. Air will have to reduce their presence at certain large airports across the country. They'll have to give slots and gates to low-cost carriers at Dallas Love Field, Boston Logan, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles International, Miami International, New York LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan Washington National.

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After years of losses, American Airlines is making money by boosting revenue and cutting labor costs.

American's parent company, Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., said Thursday that it earned $289 million, or 76 cents per share, in the third quarter. That's a turnaround from a loss of $238 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

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  American Airlines is adding its first-ever non-stop service from D/FW Airport to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

CEO Tom Horton announced the new daily service today, saying it reinforces American’s commitment to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.  The new flights will start next summer.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he now has assurances American Airlines’ merger with U.S. Airways won’t harm the state’s rural airports. So he’s withdrawing the state’s legal challenge.

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The state of Texas has dropped its opposition to the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he’s reached an agreement that will keep American’s headquarters in North Texas and maintain DFW as a “large hub airport.” American will also maintain daily service to more than 20 airports across Texas, many serving rural parts of the state.

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The Texas Attorney General’s office may be dropping or amending its opposition to the merger of American Airlines with U.S. Air.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to discuss recent developments. 

Abbott and the State of Texas joined the U.S. Justice Department in challenging the merger. The state says it violates anti-trust laws and would create hardships for rural, Texas communities.