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WRAPUP 2-White House brings out Republican Cabinet member to warn on cuts

* Flight delays to major cities seen - LaHood * 100 control towers to close at small airports * Aviation expert sees "scaremongering" By Mark Felsenthal and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Struggling to get Americans to take notice of looming spending cuts, the White House brought out the only Republican member of the Cabinet on Friday to argue its case that Congress needs to act soon to avoid a major disruption of air travel across the country.

UPDATE 3-U.S. transportation chief LaHood to step down

* Republican serving in a Democratic administration * Successor may confront Boeing Dreamliner woes * Obama under pressure to name women, minorities to cabinet By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Tuesday he planned to resign, marking the latest departure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet as the administration tries to find the root cause of safety problems with Boeing's Dreamliner plane.

UPDATE 1-US safety official says unclear when 787 will fly again

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday that the Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jets will not fly again until authorities are "1,000 percent sure" they are safe. He said authorities must first fully investigate the batteries linked to recent incidents, and he could not predict when flights would resume.
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