Terror threat puts airlines back on shaky ground News of new terror plots against U.S. airlines could mean rough times ahead for the financially troubled airline industry. Even a modest drop in business could mean major trouble for Eagan-based Northwest Airlines, which is trying to emerge from bankruptcy.4:49 p.m.
New security restrictions take toll on airport retailers Transportation Security officials reacted to the arrests of alleged bomb plotters in Britain
by temporarily banning passengers from bringing drinks, lotions, and other fluids on board flights. The new restrictions are having an impact on airport retailers.4:53 p.m.
Stricter security screening possible at airport Air travelers are coping with new security regulations in the wake of the alleged terrorist bombing plot uncovered in London. U.S. travelers are banned from bringing liquids on planes, and a second level of security screening for some passengers may begin early Friday.5:19 p.m.
Security lines are moving smoothly at MSP, but hardly normal. MPR's Greta Cunningham checks in with Pat Hogan, the director of Public Relations for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. He says while lines are still moving smoothly at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, it's far from a normal day.5:23 p.m.
Zimmermann convicted of bribery Former Minneapolis City Councilmember Dean Zimmermann has been convicted on three charges of bribery in federal court. The jury found that Zimmermann, a member of the Green Party, accepted bribes on three occasions in 2005 for a total of $7,200.5:45 p.m.
Jury to begin hearing Rodriguez case Monday Jurors will begin hearing the death penalty case against Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. next week. Twelve jurors and four alternates are being selected from a pool of 70 people. Rodriguez is on trial for the kidnapping and killing of a 22-year-old woman in 2003.5:48 p.m.
'Death qualifying' jurors in death penalty cases Jury selection began more than a month ago in the Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. trial, but some experts say lengthy jury selection is typical in death penalty cases. One of the reasons that jury selection takes longer in capital cases is the requirement that jurors be "death qualified."5:51 p.m.
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Two Dozen Suspects Arrested in Air Terrorism Plot
British authorities have arrested 24 suspects in their investigation into an alleged plan to blow up as many as 10 aircraft bound from London to the United States, using liquid chemicals carried in hand luggage. Many, if not all, of the suspects are believed to be British citizens of Pakistani origin.
What the Air-Traffic Alert Means for Passengers
U.S. authorities have declared a red alert --the highest alert level -- for air traffic between the United States and Great Britain. The alert level is orange for the rest of U.S. aviation. All U.S. air travelers are banned from carrying liquids and gels on board. The prohibitions will be in place until screening processes can be reassessed.
Is the Government Capable of Tracking Terrorists?
President Bush says the country is safer today than it was before Sept. 11. Timothy Roemer, former member of the 9/11 Commission and former Democratic congressman from Indiana, disagrees. Citing the tenacity and innovation of today's militant groups, he wonders whether the Department of Homeland Security is nimble and dynamic enough to track future threats.
Passengers Mostly Unfazed by Dogs, Cops, Guard
Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport and Boston's Logan Airport face long lines, bomb-sniffing dogs, and bans on bringing coffee and toothpaste on board -- not to mention a National Guard presence. Most travelers are taking the new developments in stride.
Letters: Dying Children, Africa, High School Band
Each Thursday, we read from listeners' comments. Among this week's topics: our story on palliative (or end-of-life) care for children in Philadelphia; our series on poverty in Africa from reporter Charlayne Hunter-Gault; and David Brown's remembrance of the Kashmere High School stage band of Houston, Texas.
Cadaver Exhibits Are Part Science, Part Sideshow
Over the past two years, millions of Americans have flocked to exhibitions of actual human corpses, displays that are part science and part showmanship. The exhibits have been wildly successful -- and profitable for the science museums and other venues that have hosted them. Warning: Some may find the subject matter disturbing.
Real Cops Say 'World Trade Center' Gets It Right
Oliver Stone's World Trade Center is based on the Ground Zero ordeal of two New York Port Authority police officers and their rescuers, including one from the NYPD. Two of the cops depicted in the film discuss their ordeal: one who was trapped, a second who came to the rescue.
Floyd Landis Launches His Tour de PR
The embattled winner of the Tour de France goes on a media blitz for his "own dignity" after tests showed unusually high levels of testosterone in his system. He claims there are many possible explanations for the apparently damning doping report. Tom Goldman reports.
Hooked on the Most Important Food Writer Alive Heat author Bill Buford finds "his McGee" indispensable — that is, Harold McGee's essential tome On Food and Cooking. "McGee is the most important person alive writing about food," Buford says.
Inside the British Probe of the Terrorist Plot
The police might have made arrests earlier than they'd planned because the attack seemed imminent. Kim Sengupta, defense correspondent for the Independent, talks about the investigation into the plot to blow up airliners and the belief that the ringleaders have been caught.