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Nation in brief: Man skirts airport security

Mon., Jan. 4, 2010, midnight

NEWARK, N.J. – A man walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a terminal at one of the nation’s busiest airports on Sunday night, and flights were grounded for hours and passengers had to be re-screened while air safety officials searched for him.

Airline passengers were allowed to begin boarding their planes at Newark Liberty International Airport about six hours after the man was seen bypassing security. The man walked down an exit lane at Terminal C about 5:30 p.m., Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis said, and screening was halted while authorities looked at surveillance to try to identify him.

Passengers were then moved from the secure side of the terminal, which is used primarily by Continental Airlines, to go through screening again, Davis said.

The terminal was searched thoroughly to make sure no dangerous objects were in it before the checkpoints reopened around 11:45 p.m., the TSA said. The man wasn’t found, but the TSA said its re-screening effort ensured every passenger was fully screened.

Girl accidentally runs over brother

MESA, Ariz. – Police say a teenage girl accidentally ran over and killed her 17-year-old brother as the two played around in an Arizona shopping mall parking lot.

Mesa Police Department spokesman Ed Wessing on Sunday identified the brother as Dwight J. Brock Jr. and his sister as 16-year-old Nicole M. Brock, both residents of Mesa.

Wessing said the sister had dropped off her brother at Superstition Springs Mall on Saturday evening. They then started playing around, with the brother jumping in front of the car and the sister slamming on the brakes. The last time that happened, the sister was unable to stop and ran over the brother. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.


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