Body scanning at airports upheld

WASHINGTON

body scanning at airports upheld

A U.S. appeals court rejected a constitutional challenge to the government's use of body imaging scanners at the nation's airports, ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travelers. The 3-0 decision announced Friday noted that passengers may avoid the so-called naked scans by opting to undergo a pat-down by a screening agent. But since the body scanners became standard last year, more than 98 percent of air travelers have chosen to step into a machine, raise their arms and pose for an "advanced imaging," the Transportation Security Administration said. The Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington sued the TSA last year and called the full body scans "the most sweeping, most invasive and the most unaccountable suspicion-less search of American travelers in history."



YEMEN

Al-Qaida fugitive evades U.S. airstrike

Fahd al-Quso, an elusive al-Qaida fugitive who helped plan the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, again evaded an attempt to kill or capture him Thursday by dodging a U.S. airstrike in southern Yemen, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing unnamed Yemeni security officials. Quso, 36, a Yemeni who fought in Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and knew two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, has a history of improbable escapes that have frustrated U.S. counterterrorism officials for nearly a decade. At least six suspected al-Qaida fighters were killed in the strike, the officials said.

LOS ANGELES

Investigation closed in slaying of publicist

A police investigation into the slaying of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen has been officially closed without finding any evidence that the gunman who later killed himself at an apartment building had any accomplices, authorities said Friday. Police said they are confident that ex-convict and career criminal Harold Martin Smith, 43, acted alone in gunning down Chasen, 64, hours after she attended the premiere of the movie Burlesque in November.

WASHINGTON

U.S. reruns visa lottery after error

The State Department on Friday published the results of a new lottery to give residents' visas to 55,000 foreigners around the world, running the drawing for the second time after a computer error forced officials to cancel the first one in May. Officials determined that it had not been truly random, as the law requires, and the winners were notified days later that they would not be receiving documents to live permanently in the United States after all.

HYANNIS PORT, MASS.

Patrick Kennedy weds schoolteacher

Patrick Kennedy, a former U.S. representative and a son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, married New Jersey schoolteacher Amy Petitgout on Friday in a ceremony that brought the Kennedy family back to its cherished seaside compound. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer officiated at the private ceremony.

Elsewhere

Venezuela: President Hugo Chávez said Friday that he will return to Cuba today to begin a new phase of cancer treatment that will include chemotherapy.

Times wires

Body scanning at airports upheld 07/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 16, 2011 1:09am]

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