Bolivia: Plane rerouted over fears about Snowden
The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said.
Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American.
A furious Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane, claiming that the decision had put the president’s life at risk.
More passengers show up with guns
Several times every day, at airports across the country, passengers are trying to walk through security with loaded guns in their carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot. And, more than a decade after 9/11 raised consciousness about airline security, it’s happening a lot more often.
In the first six months of this year, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. The TSA set a record in May for the most guns seized in one week — 65 in all, 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets in the chamber and ready to be fired. That was 30 percent more than the previous record of 50 guns, set just two weeks earlier.
$200K in Rolexes stolen from hotel
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.
Atlantic City police are on the hunt for three men who they say stole about $200,000 worth of Rolex watches from a jewelry store inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Monday night.
At 8:45 p.m., Borgata security reported a theft inside Borgata Jewelers in the casino-hotel. Police described the theft as a smash-and-grab, and investigators are working on pulling surveillance video from around the store.
The suspects fled on foot before entering a dark vehicle, police said.
Violence in Iraq kills 56 people
Insurgents unleashed a new wave of attacks Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 49 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven militants were killed.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, mostly car bombs in Shiite areas. Al-Qaida’s Iraq branch, which has been gaining strength in recent months, frequently targets Shiites, security forces and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
Study: Home monitors help
Patients who monitor their blood pressure at home and discuss the results with pharmacists can make significant progress against hypertension, according to a Minnesota study that could chart a new course in treating the nation’s most common and costly chronic ailment.
Among people using the new technique, 57 percent brought their blood pressure within a healthy range, compared with 30 percent in a control group, according to a study conducted by Bloomington-based HealthPartners and published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.