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Counterterror official chosen by White House

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Counterterror official chosen by white house

The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama would nominate Matthew Olsen, general counsel for the National Security Agency and previously a longtime Justice Department official, to be the nation's next counterterrorism chief. Michael Leiter, the current director of the National Counterterrorism Center, plans to step down next week. The Senate must confirm Olsen, 49.

Rules eased for air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration announced new steps Friday to help prevent air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job, including allowing controllers to use sick or annual leave time if they are too tired to work. Controllers will also now be allowed to listen to the radio and read to help stay alert during overnight shifts when traffic is light under an agreement between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

michigan

Affirmative action ban lifted by court

A federal appeals court Friday struck down Michigan's 2006 ban on the consideration of race and gender in public-university admissions and government hiring in the latest round of the fight over the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies. The 2-1 ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the voter-approved ban "unconstitutionally alters Michigan's political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities."

MEXICO

Tropical storm leaves three dead

Mexican authorities confirmed three deaths from Tropical Storm Arlene on Friday as remnants of the storm continued dumping rain over the country's central highlands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that rain could continue for 48 hours, causing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides as the system moved toward the Pacific. The Atlantic season's first tropical storm came ashore over Mexico's central gulf coast early Thursday morning.

Elsewhere

San Diego: A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Mexican drug smuggler to life in prison for running over a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2008. Jesus Navarro-Montes, 25, swerved and hit Luis Aguilar, 32, at about 55 mph after the agent laid down a spike trip in an attempt to stop Navarro-Montes.

United Nations: Mideast mediators will meet on July 11 to try to spur a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as the Palestinians prepare to seek recognition as an independent state, diplomats and a U.N. official said Friday.

New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday set special elections for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's congressional seat and six vacant seats in the state Assembly for Sept. 13, coinciding with statewide primaries.

Times wires

Counterterror official chosen by White House

07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 12:31am]
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