deal reached on funding for FAA, road programs
House and Senate leaders have reached a deal that averts a looming shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs, a key GOP lawmaker said Friday. The agreement clears the way for passage next week of a single, short-term bill that extends operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration through the end of January and highway and transit assistance programs through the end of March, Rep. John Mica of Florida, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in an interview. Republicans have agreed not to include any spending cuts or contentious policy provisions in the bill, Mica said. In exchange, Senate Democrats have made concessions involving some of the more difficult issues that been holding up passage of a long-term funding bill for the FAA, he said. He declined to elaborate on what the concessions entail.
NBC's Twitter account hacked
A hacker broke into the Twitter account of NBC News and sent out a handful of false tweets about a suspected hijacking and a plane attack at ground zero just days before the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11. Staffers noticed the false tweets around 6 p.m. Friday, contacted Twitter and soon after had the account suspended. Host Brian Williams then read a statement on air saying the reports were false. A group calling themselves Script Kiddies mentioned themselves in the tweets and appeared to be responsible. By about 7 p.m., the account was restored and the false tweets removed.
Cause of hockey crash still unclear
All three engines on a Russian jet that slammed into a riverbank were operating up until the moment of the crash and the plane's stabilizer and flaps were in a proper position for takeoff, Russian experts said Friday. Still, the Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee, which is conducting the crash inquiry, had no conclusions yet about the cause of the crash that killed 43 people, mostly members of a top Russian ice hockey team. The comments came as aviation experts examined flight data recorders from the crashed plane and began safety checks Friday on Yak-42 jets nationwide.The chartered Yak-42 jet crashed Wednesday into the sides of the Volga River on a sunny, clear day moments after taking off near Yaroslavl, a city 150 miles northeast of Moscow.
Mom glued child's hands, police say
A 22-year-old Dallas mother was in jail Friday after police said she glued her toddler daughter's hands to a wall, kicked her in the stomach and beat her over a potty training issue. The Dallas Morning News reported that the 2-year-old child was on life support Thursday. A hospital spokeswoman told the Associated Press she had no information on the girl Friday. The mother, Elizabeth Escalona, faces an injury to a child charge that carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Her attorney didn't return a phone call.
Brooklyn, N.Y.: A 27-year-old Brooklyn man was arraigned in federal court Friday on charges that he provided material support to terrorists and had been planning to join a radical Islamic group in Pakistan.Agron Hasbajrami is an Albanian citizen who had been living legally in Brooklyn since 2008. Times wires