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St. Louis airport closed after tornado storms, homes flattened

ST. LOUIS, Mo (Reuters) – Some St. Louis area residents on Saturday were shuffling slowly through the rubble left by a roaring storm that spawned tornadoes Friday night which tore through the west side of the city. They forced closure of Lambert Airport, in the city limits but about five…

FAA: Sen. Inhofe ‘nearly killed’ airport workers by intentionally landing on closed runway

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) prides himself on being stubborn lawmaker, but it turns out that he’s also a dangerously stubborn pilot. Workers at a Cameron Country Airport in Texas were forced to run for their lives late last year when the Republican lawmaker intentionally landed his Cessna on a closed…

U.N. plane crashes in Congo, at least 20 dead

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A United Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Monday, killing least 20 people, a government official said. The plane lost control in high winds as it came in to land and left the runway, the Health Ministry official, Joseph…

Ivory Coast calm as rivals hold positions

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Fighters loyal to Ivory Coast presidential rivals Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara held onto positions around the main city Abidjan on Sunday, a day that saw less fighting than the previous three. Following the three days of pitched battles, Reuters correspondents and witnesses said the main city…

French take control of airport in Abidjan, I. Coast

ABIDJAN (AFP) – The French army took over Ivory Coast’s main airport on Sunday as the battle for Abidjan dragged into a fourth day and recognised leader Alassane Ouattara came under fire for a massacre in the west. In a telephone conversation with Ouattara, UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded he…

Texas Republican proposes criminal penalties for overly touchy TSA agents

From Republican majorities to corporate outrages, everything’s bigger in Texas. That even holds true when it comes to giving “the man” the finger, which is precisely what one conservative state representative has set about doing with a new proposal that would make airport security a much tricker business in the…

Germany probes ‘terror’ attack at airport

BERLIN – German authorities said Thursday they suspected a Kosovan man arrested over the fatal shooting of two US airmen was an Islamic extremist, but played down fears he was part of a cell. “In view of the circumstances, there is a suspicion that this was an act with Islamist…

Hundreds airlifted from Tunisia in mass evacuation

DJERBA, Tunisia – A major European operation was under way Thursday to airlift out of Tunisia thousands of people who fled the bloodshed in Libya as Washington also offered planes to repatriate Egyptian refugees. More French and British flights were planned Thursday with extra aircraft due, including from Spain, and…

Obama ‘saddened,’ ‘outraged’ by Germany attack

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “saddened” and “outraged” by a gunman’s attack on a bus at Frankfurt airport which killed two US airmen and injured two others. Obama, in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, said that the US government would “spare no…

Man opens fire on bus of US soldiers at Frankfurt Airport

DEVELOPING… A bus transporting US soldiers to Frankfurt Airport was attacked Wednesday by a gunman who shot and killed at least two, according to published reports. A US soldier and the bus driver were among the dead, they added, and another two were serious injured. The shooting took place near…

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