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Mom arrested after refusing TSA search of daughter

Authorities at Nashville International Airport say a 41-year-old Clarksville woman was arrested after becoming belligerent and refusing to allow Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to search her daughter. A police report obtained by The Tennessean states that Andrea Fornella Abbott did not want to have her daughter “touched inappropriately or…

Black hole shreds star, sparking gamma ray flash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A monster black hole shredded a Sun-like star, producing a strangely long-lasting flash of gamma rays that probably won’t be seen again in a million years, astronomers reported on Thursday. That is definitely not the norm for gamma ray bursts, energetic blasts that typically flare up and…

Nader: US airport scanners ‘erode rights’

Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader said the body scans and enhanced security pat-downs at US airports are eating away at Americans’ freedoms and called the agency that conducts them a “basketcase.” “The TSA is a basketcase, collectively,” Nader said at the first US conference on controversial new security measures that…

Naked body scanners may be dangerous: scientists

WASHINGTON — US scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. “They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” Dr Michael…

ACLU: ‘Pain ray’ in California prison amounts to ‘torture’ of US prisoners

The American Civil Liberties Union is outraged over the application of a “pain ray” recently installed in a Los Angeles County Jail — a technology first seen used by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, which relies upon beams of microwave energy to inflict an intense burning sensation upon anyone…

Warning for man accused over airport breast X-ray

LONDON (AFP) – Police said Wednesday they have warned an airport worker who reportedly made a crude remark about a colleague’s breasts as a newly-installed security scanner took a full body X-ray of her. Jo Margetson, 29, walked into an X-ray machine at London’s Heathrow Airport by mistake before the…

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