AT&T considers cutting the cord with its DirecTV unit

Bali-bound Jetstar flight turns back over crack in windshield

A Jetstar flight from Sydney to Bali has had to turn back halfway into its journey and land instead at Melbourne after the pilot noticed a crack in the cockpit windshield.

The JQ37 flight to Denpasar was over the Northern Territory when the decision was made to turn it around and head to Melbourne, where Jetstar's engineering hub is located, so the aircraft could be repaired.

The JQ37 flight from Sydney to Denpasar turned back to land at Melbourne after the pilot noticed a crack in the cockpit windshield. Credit:FlightRadar

"Passengers were provided overnight accommodation in Melbourne and we’re arranging an alternative flight to ensure they resume their journey as soon as possible," the Jetstar spokeswoman said.

"We sincerely apologise to our customers for the delay."

Fed ups its GDP forecast for 2019 slightly to 2.2%

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  • The unemployment rate is expected to rise to 3.7% this year, slightly above the 3.6% projection in June.

The Federal Reserve dialed up its growth expectations slightly while keeping its inflation projection unchanged, according to its Summary of Economic Projections.

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Washington Monument reopens after 3 years of repairs

After three years of repairs, the Washington monument will reopen to the public on Thursday.

The monument closed in 2016 after an elevator cable snapped, but the years of repairs covered far more than that broken wire.

“We were going to do a renovation on the overall elevator system,” said Brian Hill, a public information officer for the National Park Service. “But then while we were doing it, then we also had the security facility that needed to be upgraded and updated.”

To enter the monument, visitors will go through two vault-like doors and a security checkpoint.

The monument will reopen to the public at noon on Thursday, with first lady Melania Trump expected to appear during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This is not the first time the monument has been closed for repairs in recent years. It closed in 1998 for restoration and in 2011 because of earthquake damage.

“We’re frankly excited to get the monument back open to the public,” Hill said. “We have missed having our public visiting us.”

Washington’s tallest structure stands 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches above the mall and was originally completed in 1884. It took 40 years to construct, with a delay for the Civil War.

When the obelisk was first completed, it was the tallest building in the world.

AT&T considers cutting the cord with its DirecTV unit

AT&T Inc. is exploring parting with its DirecTV satellite unit, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would mark a sharp course correction for the phone giant’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, after years of bulking up the company into a media conglomerate.

AT&T T, -1.08%  has considered various options, including a spinoff of DirecTV into a separate public company and a combination of DirecTV’s assets with Dish Network Corp. DISH, +0.76% , its satellite-TV rival, the people said.

AT&T may ultimately decide to keep DirecTV in the fold. Despite the satellite service’s struggles, as consumers drop their TV connections, it still contributes a sizable volume of cash flow and customer accounts to its parent.

AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015 for $49 billion. The company’s shrinking satellite business is under a microscope after activist investor Elliott Management Corp. disclosed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T last week and released a report pushing for strategic changes. Elliott has told investors that AT&T should unload DirecTV, The Wall Street Journal has previously reported.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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