Cancer patient gets pat-down by TSA
A Michigan woman dying of leukemia says she hopes her embarrassment at a Seattle airport security pat-down might change the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions.
But in a statement late Tuesday, TSA Northwest Region spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says the agency reviewed video from the security checkpoint where Michelle Dunaj was checked and determined that “screening procedures were followed.”
Dunaj says the encounter came as she was departing Seattle on Oct. 2 on what she called an “end of life” trip to Hawaii. She says she had to lift her shirt and pull back bandages in the security line and that an agent punctured a saline bag she was carrying. TSA says “at no point did a TSA officer open the passenger’s medically necessary fluids, and the passenger was never asked to remove or pull off any bandages.”
The woman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the TSA’s response.
Obama signs order for Iran sanctions
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that carries out new sanctions against Iran that Congress approved and that he signed this summer.
The sanctions seek to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear-weapons program. Iran insists its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes.
Ex-wrestler arrested for 5th time in weeks
A former WWE wrestler has been arrested in Connecticut for a fifth time in weeks on charges stemming from domestic-violence cases.
Branford police say 39-year-old Tamara Sytch, known in the ring as “Sunny,” was arrested Monday when officers say they found her drunk and asleep in her former home. A court order banned her from being in the Branford residence.
Police said she was arrested when she returned again Tuesday to the same home.
Sytch was arrested three times in September on charges including third-degree strangulation, disorderly conduct and violating a protective order. The Monday charges include third-degree criminal mischief.
Police: Syria-related terror arrest made
British police said today that they had arrested two people at London’s Heathrow Airport as part of an investigation into travel to Syria in support of suspected terrorist activity.
Scotland Yard said in a statement released early today that counter-terrorism officers arrested a man and a woman, both 26, after they flew into the airport from Egypt late Tuesday.
Police did not make clear whether the suspects were thought to be returning from or heading to Syria. The statement said that officers were searching two homes in east London as part of the investigation.
Mother charged in deaths of 2 sons
A Texas woman pregnant with her fourth child has been charged in the deaths of her two infant sons in 2011 and earlier this year, police said Tuesday.
Kristi-An Walker, 20, was indicted last week on a murder charge and two counts of injury to a child, said Angleton police Sgt. Kirk Coleman. Investigators say she told them she became frustrated with the children when they wouldn’t stop crying.