Forty lost spring break hikers rescued
Whitesburg, Ky. • Officials say more than three dozen Pennsylvania college students visiting Kentucky for a mission trip are all safe after becoming lost when a sightseeing mountain hike unexpectedly stretched into the night.
Rescuers were able to find them after an hours-long effort in rough terrain and freezing temperatures.
A spokeswoman at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Whitesburg said Friday one rescued woman was still there and in good condition.
A spokesman for La Salle University in Philadelphia says the group was made up of 37 students and three staff members. He says they were spending spring break helping build houses in the Harlan, Ky., area about a half-hour from Whitesburg.
Rescue workers say the group got disoriented while hiking in the Bad Branch Falls nature preserve Thursday and it started to get dark.
Delta Air Lines CEO opposes TSA on knives
Washington • The head of Delta Air Lines on Friday joined the growing opposition to the Transportation Security Administration’s new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives onto planes.
Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole that he shares the "legitimate concerns" of the airline’s flight attendants about the new policy.
Allowing small knives to be carried on board after a ban of more than 11 years "will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers," Anderson said in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
"If the purpose is to increase security checkpoint flow, there are much more effective steps we can take together to streamline the security checkpoints with risk-based screening mechanisms," he said.
Delta, based in Atlanta, is the world’s second-largest airline. It has a hub in Salt Lake City.
Polygraph targets racist police applicants
Coopertown, Tenn. • A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force.
Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was hired on the heels of a series of police scandals that for a few months left Coopertown with no police at all.Next Page >
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