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Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security
Written by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 05:59

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii.

Although the 15-year-old apparently wanted nothing more than to run away, his success in slipping past layers of security early Sunday morning made it clear that a determined person can still get into a supposedly safe area and sneak onto a plane.

Video surveillance can help catch trespassers. Some airports use not just human eyes watching video screens, but also technology that can be programmed to sound an alert when a camera captures something potentially suspicious. But just because something is caught on camera doesn't mean it will make an impression.

Despite great promise, "sometimes the actual results are quite underwhelming when it gets to the real world, where people are fatigued, people are preoccupied," said Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona. "There's no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen."

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U.S. marshal shoots defendant in Utah federal court
Written by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press   
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:55

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.

Defendant Siale Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound, FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said.

The shooting occurred in connection with a gang-related trial, U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said.

No other details were immediately available.

The case was being heard in U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell's courtroom.

Police were called to the downtown U.S. District Court building about 9:45 a.m., and witnesses told the Salt Lake Tribune they saw someone carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher.


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Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:58
 
Car hits packed Florida church, injuring 21
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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:25

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.

The Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church at around 8 p.m. Sunday, when there were about 200 people inside, Lt. Victor Medico said.

When officers arrived at the scene, church members used car jacks to lift the vehicle off of people who were trapped underneath, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/1i7MLTi ).

Investigators were looking into the crash even though they believe it was "an unfortunate traffic accident."

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Boston Marathon under tight security
Written by JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 21 April 2014 07:26
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Anthony Bisenti cleans the finish line before the running of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

BOSTON (AP) — One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.

As the sun rose over the center of Hopkinton, where the race starts, runners started to filter in early Monday morning, but the most obvious change was the heavy security presence, with state and local police everywhere, even on the rooftops of some buildings.

A bus dropping off runners had the words "Boston Strong" on the electronic sign at the front that usually posts the bus's destination. A banner posted on a commercial building in Hopkinton read: "You are Boston Strong. You Earned This."

Spectators coming to the start line had to pass through police checkpoints.

"There'll be considerably more police presence," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." ''But we also don't want to have it, you know, kind of a race through a militarized zone. So it's about striking a balance, and I think we have struck that balance."

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Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43
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Monday, 21 April 2014 06:20

FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.

His sister Mary Huston said Sharp died at his mother's Fair Oaks, Calif., home, at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

"He had a strong heart, that's what kept him alive, (but) I'm so happy for him, that there's no more suffering," Huston said through tears and exhaustion. She had cared for her brother since his return home to Northern California last Friday after 10 weeks in the hospital.

Sharp gained fame with the release of "Nobody Knows," a single on his 1996 debut album, "Measure of a Man." He released two other albums, "Love Is" in 1998 and "Make A Wish" in 2005.

Born in 1970 in Redding, Calif., Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He overcame it after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

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