On Thursday at Orlando International Airport, the security agency took News 96.5 WDBO behind the scenes to learn about the advanced technology that is used to screen 58,000 travelers a day. TSA uses over 20 layers of security to screen passengers for threats before they even board the plane. Among the technology featured are the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units, liquid bottle scanners, explosive trace detection machines and the checked baggage system. The screening process begins with a checkpoint where an ultraviolet scanner will flag people with fake IDs. Then, passengers move on to the advanced imaging technology machine to determine if a passenger has an object on their person that could possibly be used in a threatening manner. A liquid bottle scanner is used at airport checkpoints to differentiate liquid explosives and the chemicals used to make explosives from common liquids. There's also the explosive trace detector, which is a machine that looks for chemicals on a person's hands or belongings. Before your baggage makes it to the plane, it is scanned and screened for threats. If something unusual is flagged in a piece of luggage, it gets searched by a TSA agent before being passed on to an airline. Highly trained K-9 dogs are the final layer of security. The K-9 dogs are trained to detect explosives and can sniff out an explosive odor on passengers in a crowd.
A hotel bar in Canada is putting its foot down after its severed human toe was stolen. The Downtown Hotel in Yukon serves the infamous “Sourtoe Cocktail,” which is a shot of whiskey with a human toe floating inside. Those who drink the shot are supposed to let the toe touch their lips, but aren’t allowed to take it as a souvenir, according to the CBC. >> Read more trending news But on Saturday, a Quebec man boasting about wanting to steal the toe apparently did just that, according to the hotel. “We are furious,” Terry Lee, the bar’s “Toe Captain,” said in a news release. “Toes are very hard to come by.” Lee said, while the bar does have backup toes, “we really need this one back.” The hotel filed a police report and even believe they know who the thief is and so do the police. Now it’s just a matter of getting the toe returned. The news release said that 'unless the toe is returned safe,' the hotel plans to pursue charges and a $2,500 fine against the thief. Read more here.
A grand jury Thursday indicted a 34-year-old Georgia woman on charges of manslaughter in connection with the smothering death of a 2-month-old. >> Read more trending news Keanna Keys of Stockbridge had methamphetamine and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, in her system when she fell asleep on a couch with her friend’s baby, Henry County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. On March 30, police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at Keys’ home in Stockbridge, Georgia, Matteucci said. The spokeswoman said 2-year-old Madelyn Roberts was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Keys is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of alprazolam. According to the sheriff’s office, Keys had previously been arrested in Henry County in 2011 and 2012.
After President Donald Trump first hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he admitted Thursday on Twitter that he had no such tapes. >> Read more trending news “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he wrote. The news was first reported by Bloomberg News.
A homeless man was beaten to death on a Denver street last week when he came to the defense of two teenagers who were being attacked by another man, authorities said. KDVR in Denver reported that the teens were attacked around 4 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the victims, one of whom had serious facial injuries. The alleged attacker, Dejuan Stamps, was found about a block away, where officers said he was beating a man who was lying in the middle of the street. The news station reported that officers were able to subdue Stamps, but the beaten man, identified as 62-year-old James Farmer Jr., died at the scene from blunt force injuries. >> Read more trending news Farmer’s family told KDVR that he moved to Denver from Seattle for a job. He was staying in at the St. Francis Center homeless shelter to save money in order to move back home and be with his fiancée. Officials at the shelter described Farmer as a good man. “People who know what’s right, do what’s right,” one official told the news station. “And he was one of those people who did it. He stepped up to help. And unfortunately, it cost him his life.” Stamps is being held on charges of assault and first-degree murder.
With internal Republican elections set for October 8, the big focus this week in the U.S. House will be the future leader of the party, as different factions of the GOP struggle to unite behind one candidate.
“We got a block of votes who are saying, we need changes,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), echoing the feelings of many more conservative members, who worry that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy may just be John Boehner 2.0.
“There’s a lot of hesitation right now among more conservative members of Congress about moving everybody up one notch in leadership,” said Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY), who wanted Boehner out.
But for many veteran Republicans and those who favor the GOP establishment, the logical choice is to simply elevate McCarthy to the job of Speaker.
“We believe that Kevin McCarthy is the right person to lead our conference and the House, and we endorse his candidacy for Speaker of the House,” eleven Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania said in a letter supporting McCarthy.
Instead of McCarthy, some more conservative Republicans have thrown their support behind Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), who is not a conservative firebrand, but has pledged to run the House in a more open and inclusive manner.
“My whole message is that I want to have a principle based, member driven Congress,” Webster told me. “That’s it.”
Webster is considered a long shot, as there was no hint in the hallways of the Capitol last week that his candidacy had caught fire.
That may have been one reason for the late entry of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who publicly blasted McCarthy last week over his comments about the GOP investigation of the Benghazi attacks and Hillary Clinton.
“Kevin McCarthy is a good man, he’s a big reason why we have such a solid majority, but things have changed,” Chaffetz said on Fox News Sunday as he officially announced his bid for Speaker.
While Chaffetz accurately noted the unsettled feelings among Republicans about McCarthy, the Utah Republican has fought with some of the same conservative rebels he now is courting.
Earlier this year, Chaffetz used his committee chairmanship to punish one GOP lawmaker for trying to knock out Speaker Boehner.
But amid a growing outcry, Chaffetz backed down and reinstated Rep. Mark Meadows to a subcommittee chairmanship a few days later.
There is still the chance others could get in the race; elections are set for Thursday at 12 noon in a private GOP meeting.
It’s still not clear if elections for other GOP leadership races will be held this week, or delayed until after a new Speaker is selected.
Also uncertain, whether internal GOP rules will be changed to force candidates for top leadership posts to resign their current position – whether in the leadership, or as chairman of a committee – in order to run for a higher position.