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Accused War Criminal Is Security Guard at DC Airport

Somali man allegedly oversaw 'incredible violence'

(Newser) - Yusuf Abdi Ali "oversaw some of the most incredible violence that you can imagine," Center for Justice and Accountability attorney Kathy Roberts tells CNN . "He tortured people personally; he oversaw torture." But despite the war crimes allegations, the Somali man has been working as a security... More »

United Plane Makes U-Turn After Guy's 'Jihad' Freakout

Passengers restrained him on flight that returned to Dulles

(Newser) - Passengers on a United Airlines flight took matters into their own hands last night when a passenger started screaming "jihad" and running toward the cockpit. Air traffic control transmissions reveal one of the pilots telling controllers, "He ran forward towards the cockpit, and he is being restrained by... More »

Emergency Landing After Passenger Prays in Aisle

United Airlines flight lands safely at Dulles

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight from Denver landed safely in Washington, DC, after its crew reported an emergency because a male passenger began praying in the aisle. The plane was escorted by military jets after the crew declared the emergency, KUSA-TV reports, and landed 13 minutes ahead of schedule last night... More »

Cops: Airport Smuggler Hid Cocaine in ... Clam Shells

Customs officials call case one of the oddest they've seen

(Newser) - Finding a pearl inside a clam is rare, but finding a bag of cocaine is rarer. Just ask Dulles International Airport customs officials who arrested a Central American man trying to enter the US with 15 bags of cocaine stashed in shells that had been opened, stuffed, and glued back... More »

Cockpit Fire Prompts Emergency Landing in DC

Fire extinguisher brought to cockpit

(Newser) - A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing last night when an electrical fire broke out in the cockpit, the AP reports. Official details are sparce, but one passenger says he smelled something burning about 30 minutes into the flight, and... More »

Vitter Denies Airport Meltdown

Sen. admits blunder, but says reports of tantrum are greatly exaggerated

(Newser) - Sen. David Vitter says reports he threw a tantrum at Washington's Dulles Airport are way off base, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The Republican acknowledges that he blundered through the wrong door in a rush to catch a flight back to Louisiana, but denies  reports that he berated an... More »

Sen. Vitter Throws Tantrum at DC Airport

(Newser) - Sen. David Vitter, perhaps best known for admitting to patronizing a prostitute, had a very public meltdown at Washington’s Dulles Airport last week after arriving late for a flight, Roll Call reports. Finding the gate already closed when he arrived to board, the Louisiana Republican opened the door anyway,... More »

You've Got No Mail: DC Techies Ponder Life After AOL

Relocation is struggling sector's latest setback

(Newser) - AOL is moving its HQ to New York, cutting nearly half of its 5,700 DC-area jobs, and leaving serious questions about the Washington, DC area’s tech industry in its wake. AOL’s declining fortunes have already hurt the sector, but local techies and VCs have fought back with... More »

AOL Packs for Move to NY

The company employs 4,000 people in northern Virginia

(Newser) - AOL headquarters will move from Dulles, Va., to New York, improving access to the ad industry that's crucial to its evolving business strategy. Execs say AOL's 4,000 employees in the DC suburb won't lose their jobs, but locals are worried. "This is a loss and there is no... More »

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