June 18, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Air passengers detain ranting man

From Wire Reports

NEWARK, N.J. – A man loudly ranted about national security, the CIA and international spying aboard a flight from Hong Kong to Newark on Monday, causing passengers to tackle him and bind his hands and feet for the duration of the flight.

The FBI met United Airlines Flight 116 as it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday around 1:30 p.m., passengers said, and escorted the man off the airliner.

The man’s name has not been released, but passengers described him as American. Passengers said he started screaming about 9 hours into the 15-hour flight about being afraid of the FBI and fearing he was going to be killed. He asked that the flight be diverted to Canada.

Breast cancer charity names new president

DALLAS – Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Monday that a physician with a long career in health policy and research will become the breast cancer charity’s new president and CEO.

Judith A. Salerno will replace Nancy Brinker as CEO of the Dallas-based organization. Brinker, whose promise to her dying sister begat a fundraising powerhouse that has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in cancer research, announced last summer she would step down following an onslaught of criticism for Komen’s decision – quickly reversed – to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

Salerno, 61, is executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious independent group that advises the government and private sector about health and science.

Feds charge 7-Eleven owners, managers

NEW YORK – Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores across Long Island and in Virginia were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines, in part by paying them using the stolen Social Security numbers of a child and three dead people while stealing most of their wages.

Most of the defendants were arrested early Monday as federal authorities raided 14 franchise stores. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were executing search warrants at more than 40 other stores across the country suspected of similar infractions, authorities said at a news conference in Brooklyn.

Four defendants hold both U.S. and Pakistani citizenship, prosecutors said in court papers. Another defendant is a citizen of the Philippines. The government said the defendants pocketed tens of millions of dollars in the scheme, hiding some of the money.

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