Three arrested over fake bomb at airport
Three African refugees were arrested after what police described as a fake bomb was found in one of their carry-on bags during security screening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, police said Tuesday. Police didn't know what the motive was behind the Friday incident and weren't ruling out the possibility of a terrorism connection, Sgt. Steve Martos told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Two of the refugees are from Eritrea and one is from Ethiopia.
Authorities seize pot worth $800M
An estimated $800 million worth of marijuana has been seized after a massive raid on illegal grows on public lands deep in Northern California's pot country, authorities said Tuesday. The three-week effort to purge the Mendocino National Forest of illegal gardens led to 132 people being arrested. Several Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations were behind the illegal grows, the Justice Department said.
Soldier indicted in bomb plot
A federal grand jury indicted an AWOL soldier on Tuesday on three charges in connection with a plot to bomb Fort Hood soldiers in Texas. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, 21, was indicted on charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a fugitive from justice, federal prosecutors said. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge if convicted. He was arrested two weeks ago.
Joplin, Mo.: The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday pledged to give up to $1 million to help equip high school students in the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin with laptop computers. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, UAE donated $100 million to U.S. relief efforts.
Haiti: The U.S. State Department is no longer urging Americans to avoid all travel to Haiti, but says they should still "carefully consider" before visiting the island.
Philippines: Officials at the state-run Cultural Center of the Philippines shut an art exhibit on Tuesday after it provoked heated debate and threats and hate mail for combining Christian symbols with phallic objects.