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New Bio: Cronkite Was on the Take

He accepted scads of free Pan Am trips, says Brinkley book

(Newser) - It seems our apparently squeaky-clean fatherly news king Walter Cronkite was not above accepting major freebies from none other than Pan Am. That's the dirt from a new biography on Cronkite, that claims he cut a deal in the 1970s with the airline to fly him, his family and... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Buried in Libya

Just under 100 attend funeral of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

(Newser) - The only man convicted in the 1988 bombing on Pan Am Flight 103 has been buried with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance. Today's quiet funeral in Tripoli stands in stark contrast to the hero's welcome Abdelbaset al-Megrahi... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi Dead

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's lived almost 3 years after his release to Libya

(Newser) - Nearly three years after he was released on compassionate grounds to his homeland of Libya, convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has died, Reuters reports, citing a statement by Megrahi's brother. Initially given six months to live, Megrahi's health had deteriorated rapidly in recent days after a long... More »

Pan Am Lives—in Man's Garage

Trips to Thailand net vintage headphones and the like for cabin mockup

(Newser) - To Anthony Toth, Pan Am was the epitome of airline class, with its top-notch, martini-pouring first-class service and in-flight music so excellent that the United Airlines employee brought along a tape recorder to record it on trips as a boy. Now that he’s 42 and owns a home, he’... More »

Libya Seeks Transfer of Dying Lockerbie Bomber

Scotland has final say over inmate's fate

(Newser) - Libya is pressing the Scottish government to OK a transfer that would allow a terminally ill Lockerbie conspirator to die at home, the BBC reports. The prisoner, who was convicted in 2001 for his role in the 1988 Pan Am bombing, would have to drop an appeal that's currently being... More »

Families Remember Lockerbie, 20 Years Later

Convicted bomber still maintains innocence

(Newser) - Mourners on both sides of the pond are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie airliner bombing, CNN reports. Families and friends gathered today at Arlington National Cemetery and at New York’s Syracuse University, which lost 35 students in the Pan Am explosion over the Scottish town. Mourners in... More »

20 Years Later, Lockerbie Families' Work Endures

(Newser) - With the 20th anniversary of the Pan Am flight 103 bombing upon us tomorrow, it's a good time not just to remember the victims but to salute their families for the wide-ranging changes they worked to bring about, writes Alan Levin in USA Today. “Laws on everything from lawsuits... More »

Rice Set for Historic Meet With Gadhafi

First secretary of state visit to Libya in 55 years

(Newser) - Condoleezza Rice will become  first US secretary of state to visit Libya since the Eisenhower administration when she meets Friday with leader Moammar Gadhafi, reports the Voice of America. The meeting demonstrates the radical improvement in relations between the two nations since Gadhafi turned away from terrorism and scrapped Libya's... More »

Alleged Lockerbie Bomber Could Be Released

Britain's refusal to release evidence pushes judges to consider letting al-Megrahi go

(Newser) - A convicted terrorist could be released from a Scottish jail soon just because the British government doesn’t want to reveal sensitive evidence against him, Radar reports. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi has been locked up since 1999 for his alleged involvement in the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland—... More »

Libyan Minister Meets Rice, Signs Pacts

Washington visit latest chapter in makeover for former pariah state

(Newser) - In the latest sign of a remarkable turnaround in relations between the countries, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today hosted Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam, who later signed agreements on science and technology. Leader Moammar Gaddafi's renunciation of terrorism and enmity with the West has opened relations, the Washington ... More »

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