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Nation & World news briefs: Jan. 5, 2013

Last modified: 1/4/2013 11:59:01 PM
Wounded ex-US Rep. Giffords meets with families of Conn. victims of school shooting rampage

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Nearly two years after being critically wounded in a mass shooting, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords yesterday met with families of victims in last month’s shooting that left 26 people dead inside a Connecticut elementary school.

Giffords was accompanied by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, at the private meeting in Newtown that was also attended by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

“As always, I was deeply impressed by the strength and courage and resolve of the families and the extraordinary caring and generosity of Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly in visiting with them,” Blumenthal said.

Giffords, a Democrat, met earlier in the day with officials including Connecticut’s lieutenant governor and Newtown’s first selectman.

Giffords was left partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury, when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meet-and-greet outside a Tucson grocery store Jan. 8, 2011. Arizona’s chief federal judge and five others were killed and 13 people, including Giffords, were injured.



Senators seek review of coal exports over concerns US, states being shortchanged on royalties

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Interior yesterday to review whether companies are shortchanging federal and state governments out of millions of dollars in royalties on coal exported to foreign markets.

The request from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski comes as U.S. coal exports hit record levels last year – an estimated 124 million tons, according to projections from the Department of Energy.

That includes increasing quantities of steam coal used in power plants, which is being shipped to Asia from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming by companies including Arch Coal Inc., Peabody Energy Corp. and Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

The senators want to know if companies violated federal leasing law by paying royalties based on the coal’s mine price, then selling it overseas at a higher price through affiliated brokers.

Interior officials said yesterday they are looking into the issue. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said he has seen no evidence that companies are dodging what they owe.



American Eagle pilot fails alcohol test, is removed from plane, arrested at Minn. airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American Eagle pilot was suspended after failing a blood-alcohol test as he prepared to fly yesterday from Minneapolis to New York City, authorities said.

The police at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport said officers and a Transportation Security Administration agent smelled alcohol as they passed the pilot waiting to get on an elevator. The pilot was conducting preflight checks at about 6 a.m. when the police boarded the aircraft, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

Officers made him take a breath test and arrested him on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol, Hogan said. Passengers had not yet boarded the flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, he said.

Hogan said the airport police will wait until blood tests are processed before deciding whether to file charges against the pilot. The police identified the pilot as 48-year-old Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen. He was released to airline employees several hours after his arrest.

Federal rules prohibit pilots from flying within eight hours of drinking alcohol or if they have a blood-alcohol level of 0.04 or higher, half the level allowed for motorists.


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