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Will a robot soon be taking your order at McDonald's restaurants? Headlines suggested all McDonald's cashiers would be replaced by the end of 2020 by self-serving kiosks. Some articles claimed it was McDonald's way of avoiding increasing minimum wage levels. The concept is more misleading than fake. The world's largest fast food chain is adding kiosks to approximately 9,000 stores in the next few years, but there are more than 14,000 locations in the U.S. If you know someone working at a McDonald's, reassure them that they're still going to be needed.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.
Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO's control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.
Hughes, a captain, was 33 years old and single when he vanished, according to news reports from the time of his disappearance.
Hughes was last seen withdrawing more than $28,000 in Albuquerque in the summer of 1983 after returning from a two-week vacation in Europe. He had just completed a stint in the Netherlands, where he worked with NATO officers on the Airborne Warning and Control electronic surveillance aircraft. He was supposed to be back in Albuquerque by August of that year.
An Office of Special Investigations spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal that there's no indication Hughes was involved with the Soviet Union or that any classified information was leaked.
Hughes told authorities after his capture Wednesday that he was depressed about being in the Air Force and decided to leave. He created a fake identity and lived in California ever since. Hughes was charged with desertion and is being held at Travis Air Force Base in California.
It's unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
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MILAN (AP) — The first group of migrants to arrive in Italy since a populist government took office is at the center of a spat between Italy's new interior minister and fellow EU member Malta.
Some 230 African migrants landed in Calabria on Saturday after receiving authorization from the Interior Ministry. But before their ship docked, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini lashed out at Malta for allegedly denying the vessel permission to port.
The Maltese government denied the accusation late Friday, saying it "adheres to its obligations at all times."
A spokeswoman for Sea Watch, the private organization operating the recue ship, told Italian news agency ANSA that the coordination of rescues "is not the competence of NGOs."
Giorgia Linardi says many of the passengers were dehydrated from their journeys and the wait for port authorization.