Tag: Transportation infrastructure

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National

LAX suspect set out to kill multiple TSA officers

This photo provided by the FBI shows Paul Ciancia, 23. Authorities say Ciancia pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and shot his way past a security checkpoint at the airport, killing a security officer and wounding other people. Ciancia was injured in a shootout and taken into custody, police said. (AP Photo/FBI) by Tami Abdollah and Gillian Flaccus Associated Press Writers LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected in the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport set out to kill multiple employees of the Transportation Security Administration and hoped the attack would “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” authorities said Saturday. Paul Ciancia was so determined to take lives that, after shooting a TSA officer and going up an escalator, he turned back to see the officer move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators. In a news conference announcing charges against Ciancia, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. spelled out a chilling chain of events at LAX that began when Ciancia strode into Terminal 3, pulled a Smith & Wesson .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at point-blank range at a TSA officer. The officer was checking IDs and boarding passes at the base of an escalator leading to the main screening area. After killing that officer, Ciancia fired on at least two other uniformed TSA employees and an airline passenger, who were all wounded. Airport police eventually shot him as panicked passengers cowered in stores and restaurants.

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Metro

Pa. among US leaders in bridges with red flags

This Sept. 12, 2013, photo shows evening rush hour traffic moveing along one of Pittsburgh’s parkways under the superstructure of the Liberty Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. A(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Marc LevyAssociated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is among the nation’s leaders in bridges that both lack backup protection against collapse in case a single, vital component fails and are designated by highway officials as being in need of repair, an Associated Press review of national bridge records found.

Sports

Cowboy defensive lineman charged after teammate dies in auto accident

by Schuyler DixonAP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was released Sunday on $500,000 bond, one day after being charged with intoxication manslaughter after what police said was a drunken-driving accident that killed close friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent’s attorney George Milner had called the bond amount excessive and beyond what the team had authorized him to post. CHARGED–In this Dec. 2, 2012, photo, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent runs onto the field out of the team’s tunnel after being introduced before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)