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Nation in brief

Bomb threats briefly close 2 Calif. airports

By wire services
Published October 26, 2005

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Airports in Long Beach and Orange County were shut down early Tuesday because of bomb threats, but no explosive devices were found, officials said.

Bomb threats were made by telephone, both about 3 a.m., officials said. It was unclear if they were related, said Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez.

At Long Beach, the closure delayed some morning flights because security officials had to screen many passengers at once. One American Airlines flight was canceled.

No flights in or out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County were affected because officials finished investigating before the first flight departed at 7 a.m., said airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge.

O'Hare expansion can resume, court rules

CHICAGO - Work on a huge expansion of O'Hare International Airport aimed at reducing some of the nation's worst flight delays can resume over opponents' objections, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The city of Chicago won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration Sept. 30 for a nearly $15-billion project to add runways and reconfigure others. But the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ordered a halt to construction the same day to allow time to consider objections from expansion foes.

The same court's ruling Tuesday allows construction to continue while it considers the opponents' request to block the project. Had the court allowed an emergency stay to remain in place during its review of the opponents' appeal, the project likely would have been pushed back many months.

The city said in a statement that it will resume construction work Thursday.

Kansas sues over taped interview with BTK killer

WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas attorney general Tuesday sued two psychologists hired by the state to interview BTK killer Dennis Rader, accusing them of profiting from a videotape of a session with him.

Segments of the interview were broadcast by Dateline NBC in August, five days before Rader was given consecutive life sentences for 10 killings committed between 1974 and 1991.

"It is unthinkable that anyone would attempt to profit off of the victims of these heinous acts," Attorney General Phill Kline said. The lawsuit seeks a refund of the $57,314 state contract, and damages of more than $75,000.

The lawsuit did not make clear how the psychologists, Robert Mendoza and Tali Walters, profited from the videotape or if Dateline paid them for the tape.

A spokeswoman for "Dateline" declined to comment.

[Last modified October 26, 2005, 00:46:05]

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