WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American with links to the Central Intelligence Agency was investigating suspicions that Iranian government officials were diverting petroleum funds and laundering them through Canada when he went missing in Iran in 2007, a lawyer for his family said on Friday. Robert Levinson, a private detective and former FBI agent, was investigating allegations of corruption by well-connected people in Iran, lawyer David McGee told Reuters. The Associated Press and The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Levinson was not a private citizen on a business trip to Iran in 2007 as the U.S. government often said but was in fact working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared. McGee acknowledged details of Levinson's visit to Iran after the publication of the Associated Press and Washington Post articles.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A student who went to his suburban Denver high school Friday armed with a shotgun and looking for a specific teacher shot two students, including one critically, before apparently killing himself, the local sheriff said.
HONOLULU (AP) — The son of a pilot who was flying a plane that crashed in Hawaii waters, killing the state health director, says his father hurt his head on the control panel as he maneuvered the aircraft.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $425 million, prompting a rush of ticket-buying by people betting their luck will hold when the game's second-largest drawing on record takes place on the night of Friday the 13th. The lottery prize that may be snagged on what some consider an unlucky date will amount to $228 million if the winner chooses to take it in a lump sum rather than in 30 annual payments, according to the Mega Millions website www.megamillions.com. Sam Tomanelli, 57, was buying a ticket at a corner grocery store on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The 57-year-old chef at Barnard College said he would share his winnings with friends, family and his church.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration faced intensified pressure Friday to find former CIA contractor Robert Levinson — both from lawmakers and the Levinson family — nearly seven years after he disappeared in Iran during what now has been revealed as an unofficial spy mission.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A student seeking to confront one of his teachers opened fire at a Colorado high school on Friday, wounding at least two classmates before apparently taking his own life, law enforcement officials said. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told a televised news conference that one student victim was in serious condition with gunshot wounds at a local hospital. Robinson said the suspected gunman "identified a specific teacher at Arapahoe High School that he was interested in confronting, and that teacher was informed of the situation and exited the school quickly." The accused shooter was later found dead inside the school after he "apparently killed himself," the sheriff said, adding that authorities knew the boy's identity and were in contact with his family. The incident comes a day before the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself.
Authorities said Friday they foiled a suicide bombing plot to blow up the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, arresting a man who proclaimed himself Muslim and had talked of committing "violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda." Terry Loewen, a 58-year-old aviation technician from Wichita, was taken into custody early Friday morning as he attempted to enter the airport tarmac with a vehicle loaded with what authorities said he believed were explosives. Loewen has been under investigation by the Wichita Joint Terrorism Task Force since early summer and had been working on the bomb plot with individuals he thought were accomplices. But they were actually undercover FBI agents, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court in Wichita. Loewen thought one of the undercover agents was a member of "AQAP," a Yemen-based terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for several terrorist acts against the United States, according to the criminal complaint.
Toyota Motor Corp will begin talks to potentially settle hundreds of lawsuits alleging that defects caused some of its vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate, according to a court filing. Thursday's order from U.S. District Judge James Selna in California federal court put a halt to the lawsuits while lawyers for Toyota and the plaintiffs try to resolve the cases. A similar process will be established for cases in California state court, Toyota said. Toyota is facing hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration issues, which prompted the Japanese automaker to recall millions of vehicles starting in 2009.