LaGuardia Airport’s central terminal was evacuated Saturday after a kook with a fake bomb in his bag was busted while trying to go through security, authorities said. Just after 5:00 a.m., a man identified as Scott McGann, 32, checked in for a United Airlines flight to Oakland. The ticket agent noticed McGann was intoxicated and “spaced out” and alerted TSA agents.
Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to minimize suffering and death from influenza, the Health and Human Services Department says on its Web site. But some senior citizens complain they’ve been left off the list of people who will be first in line to get the swine flu vaccination, when it is ready.
Jim Nicholson knew he should have just handed over the cash. But when the thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter and demanded money, Nicholson says his instincts took over.
A day after defending hidden phrases placed on a campaign Web site, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s gubernatorial campaign severed ties Friday to the consulting firm credited with the “hidden phrases” strategy and removed the 2,200-plus phrases. “This whole story about computer-generated source code is a distraction,” her spokesman, Jeff Sadosky, said. “In order to once and for all put this issue to rest, we have decided to part ways with the firm responsible.”
On Friday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Sharyl Attkisson filed a report recounting mortgage company Countrywide Financial’s history of offering special deals on loans to government officials – including figures with connections to President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama. But, while the two most prominent figures currently still in government who are implicated in the scandal are Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Kent Conrad, neither Senator was identified by Attkisson as a Democrat.
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Iranian state TV has confirmed that three Americans were detained after they crossed the border from northern Iraq. The Kurdish regional government’s envoy to Washington, Qubad Talabani, said the three were tourists and had mistakenly crossed into Iranian territory on Friday while hiking in a mountainous area near the town of Ahmed Awaa.
Michelle Obama’s performance as first lady is getting high marks from her predecessor Laura Bush. Speaking to The Associated Press after a change-of-command ceremony for the USS Texas submarine at the Naval submarine base, Bush said Friday she’s watched the current first lady from afar and is impressed.
Cops called when a bunch of senior citizens invade Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Fruits and Nuts) office and demand to talk about this government healthcare takeover. This is one constituency politicians do not want to piss off. (forgot to post this the other day.)
Police were called on a group of retirees who refused to leave Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s West Los Angeles office until she talked to them about health care reform. Los Angeles police Sergeant Rich Brunson said Thursday that police lured the group of seven outside somehow, then locked the building’s doors behind them.
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has sent a bouquet of flowers and a note to the woman whose 911 call led to his arrest earlier this month. Wendy Murphy, lawyer and spokeswoman for Lucia Whalen, said today that Gates had sent her client a bouquet of flowers as an “expression of gratitude.”
Google’s CEO once said the company wants to know more about you than you know about you. It looks like the search engine giant may not be far from reaching that goal. With applications including Google Finance, Google Translate, Google Earth, Google Images – just to name a few – Google is emerging as a “Big Brother-ish” trove of information with limitless access to our personal lives, raising some serious concerns.
The White House and Congress may be giving the “cash for clunkers” program a reprieve, but one can’t help wondering how many dealers and customers will have the confidence to go forward at this point. Things sound like a total mess in the showrooms. “There is absolute frustration across the board,” Alex Kurkin, a lawyer based in Miami who represents several car dealerships, tells The Lede today. “As of this morning, they’re not really confident about any deals, and no one can give them advice about what they should be telling their customers.”
Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Illinois, boosting to 69 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year amid the pressures of the weak economy and mounting loan defaults. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of the five banks.
As NewsBusters has chronicled over the years, Roseanne Barr has a history of doing and saying some truly disgraceful things, but this one really takes the cake…or the cookie in this case. Her most-recent tailspin into the gutter involved a photo shoot with Heeb magazine wherein she is seen wearing an Adolf Hitler moustache and swastika as she takes burnt gingerbread “Jew Cookies” out of an oven.
The First Family lives in Washington with lots of new friends (and some Chicago pals come and visit), but with only one relative. Marian Robinson, the mother of First Lady Michelle, lives with them in the White House. Now, a member from the Obama side of the family is coming to town. Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s half sister, is moving from Hawaii to Washington for several months.
Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work. EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials ordered a Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff to release dozens of illegal immigrants arrested during a recent sweep. The three-day sweep caught up 74 suspected illegal aliens. However, when the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office called ICE regarding the recently arrested illegal aliens, the agency ordered deputies to release all who did not have a criminal conviction in the U.S.
Quote of the day.
Insurance is meant for extraordinary circumstances. You don’t use car insurance to pay for oil changes or gasoline; you have it as protection in case you have a terrible accident or your car is stolen. You don’t use homeowners’ insurance to pay your electricity and water bills; you have it as protection in case a fire or other catastrophic event produces a large expense. Obviously, any insurance policy that promises to cover every small, ordinary expense is going to be much more expensive than one that covers only extraordinary expenses.