National digest: TSA asks some overseas airports to check passengers’ cellphones

As part of heightened security measures announced last week, the TSA says passengers may be required to turn on their cell phones on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports. (Reuters)
July 6
Airline security
TSA asks airports to check cellphones

The Transportation Security Administration is requiring passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights to power on their electronic devices.

U.S. intelligence officials have been concerned about new al-Qaeda efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.

The TSA says it is requiring some overseas airports to have passengers turn on devices such as cellphones. It says devices that won’t power up won’t be allowed on planes, and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently ordered the TSA to put extra security measures in place at some international airports with direct flights to the United States.

— Associated Press

Utah
Head-on collision kills five people

A head-on collision Sunday afternoon in southern Utah killed five people and critically injured two others, authorities said.

A van carrying five people was trying to pass a vehicle on U.S. Route 191 when it struck an oncoming sports car holding two people near Monticello, about 285 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

Both people in the sports car died after it burst into flames, and three of the van’s passengers were killed, Trooper Evan Kirby told KSL-TV. The other two passengers in the van were sent to the hospital in critical condition.

— Associated Press

Missing toddler found in lake: A 2-year-old girl who wandered away from a family barbecue at a New York City park was found dead in a lake after a five-hour search by police and bystanders. New York Police Department divers pulled Ruhshona Kurbonova’s body from the murky water in Prospect Park on Saturday evening. Her cause of death wasn’t immediately available Sunday. Ruhshona’s family, immigrants from Uzbekistan, had been grilling kabobs when she and a preschool-age boy, a relative, slipped away, her uncle Dekzod Isokov said. The boy was found safe.

Man loses hands in fireworks accident: A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said. Officer Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department said the man, who is in his 40s, is expected to live. The explosive went off in his hands as family members stood nearby late on the Fourth of July. “It would have had to have been something pretty powerful,” Morales told the San Jose Mercury News. The newspaper also reported that two other men were seriously hurt in Sunnyvale while lighting a mortar-like explosive Friday.

Victims in boating crash are identified: Four people have been identified as the victims in a Fourth of July boating crash in Florida. Authorities say Andrew Garcia, 23, and Victoria Dempsey, 20, were thrown overboard and died after the boat they were riding in crashed into another. Kelsie Karpiak, 24, was also on the boat and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Jason Soleimani, 23, was in a second boat and died immediately. Eight other people were hurt.

— From news services

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