Airlines issue new anti-terror regulations, Gulf of Mexico and Rhode Island hit with environment woes
The Obama administration announced new rules for airliners Wednesday following Time Square's bomb scare on Saturday. Now, all airlines must examine their flight manifests for suspect passengers within two hours when they receive notice of a special threat by a particular individual. Previously, airlines have only had to check no-fly lists every 24 hours for matches with passengers. Currently, Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, is the only suspect in this case. Shahzad has admitted to investigators that he drove a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder into the heart of Times Square early Saturday evening and then abandoned the vehicle with explosives smouldered inside.
BP crews hope that a massive 114-tonne steel and concrete containment dome will curb the spread of oil gushing from a wellhead 1,500 metres below the water's surface in the Gulf of Mexico. It is reported that the done is four metres deep, seven metres wide and 12 metres tall. Since April 20, 2010, up to 800,000 gallons of crude have streamed from a wellhead following an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 people and also sank.
President Obama has made an emergency declaration for Rhode Island in the wake of a trenchous rainstorm that hit the American Northeast Tuesday. The storm dumped 8.75 inches of rain in East Providence, 7.6 inches in downtown Providence and 5 inches in Cranston. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stated to visit Rhode Island on Friday where she will inspect flood damage and will also meet with state and local leaders to discuss response and recovery efforts.
Robert "Joe" Halderman, a former CBS television producer, began his six-month jail term Tuesday as in March he pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny. The charges stem from a blackmail plot in which Halderman admitted that last fall he demanded $2 million from comedian David Letterman to remain hush on revealing certain personal information about Letterman. Halderman’s jail sentence will be followed by 1000 hours of community service.