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OBAMA FINALLY HAS SUCCESS WITH TSA APPOINTMENT

WASHINGTON

Pistole gets nod for top TSA job

The Senate on Friday confirmed John Pistole, the former deputy FBI director, to head the Transportation Security Administration. The vote was unanimous. President Barack Obama's first two choices to run the agency dropped out during their confirmation processes over the past year. Pistole had a 27-year career with the FBI and rose through the ranks of its counterterrorism division. The TSA was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and its best-known job is to screen passengers at airports.

Cheney admitted to hospital

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease. He was expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital over the weekend, said spokesman Peter Long. It was not immediately clear whether Cheney's health concern was related to his previous heart troubles. He sustained his fifth heart attack, deemed a mild one, in February.

NEW YORK

Jamaican appears in federal court

Jamaican gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke pleaded not guilty Friday to U.S. charges that he ran a massive drug ring in the eastern United States from his Caribbean stronghold. The 42-year-old boss of the Shower Posse gang was sent to New York on Thursday under tight security after waiving extradition. His case had sparked street violence in Kingston that left more than 70 dead. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison in the United States if convicted.

Times wires

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