Sunday, May 27, 2018
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4 Secret Service agents fight firing

4 Secret Service agents fight firing

Four Secret Service employees have decided to fight their dismissals for engaging in inappropriate conduct in Colombia last month, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the cases.

The agents are arguing that the agency is making them scapegoats for behavior that the Secret Service has long tolerated, a charge that director Mark Sullivan may have to address when he appears before a Senate committee today. According to his prepared testimony, he plans to tell Congress that there was no breach of operational security.

Several of the implicated agents have told associates that the facts of what happened in Cartagena differ from initial media accounts describing a group outing of a dozen men in search of prostitutes. Instead, they say, the men went to different bars and clubs, and met women under a variety of circumstances.

Washington

Images show work at N. Korean nuclear site

Satellite imagery shows North Korea is upgrading its old launch site in the secretive country's northeast to handle larger rockets, like space launch vehicles and intercontinental missiles, a U.S. institute said Tuesday.

The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said the upgrade of the site began last summer and reflects North Korean determination to expand its rocket program. The United States and other nations say such rockets could be developed to deliver nuclear weapons.

Plane diverted after security concerns

A passenger flight from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., was diverted Tuesday to Bangor, Maine, because of security concerns set off when a passenger told the crew that she had a surgically implanted device.

Airline and government officials said US Airways Flight 787, carrying 179 passengers and a crew of nine, was escorted safely to land by military aircraft. There was no indication that a bomb or any such device was found. The woman was arrested.

Elsewhere

PHOENIX: A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced white supremacist Dennis Mahon, 61, to 40 years in prison for a 2004 bombing that wounded a black city official in suburban Phoenix.

SOUTH AFRICA: An art gallery that displayed a controversial painting showing President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed announced Tuesday it was closing its doors temporarily because of threats.

Italy: The government on Tuesday approved some temporary tax relief to owners of property damaged in the quake that struck the north on Sunday.

GREENSBORO, N.C.: A federal jury in the political corruption trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards deliberated for a third day Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

Times wires

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