Report: U-2 spy plane halted takeoffs

A U-2 spy plane caused a computer glitch at a California air traffic control center that led officials to halt takeoffs Wednesday at several airports in the Southwestern United States and ground planes bound for the region from other parts of the country, NBC reported Saturday.

The computer problem at a Federal Aviation Administration center slowed the journeys of tens of thousands of arriving and departing passengers at Los Angeles International Airport. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif.; John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif.; and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas were among other facilities affected by the order to keep planes grounded.

So were flights in other parts of the country that were bound for the wide swath of airspace in the Southwestern United States managed by the FAA’s Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center.

The FAA has released few details on the nature of the problem that caused its officials to halt flights. The Pentagon could not be reached for comment.

NBC, citing unnamed sources, reported that a U-2, a Cold War-era spy plane still in use by the U.S. military, passed through air space monitored by the traffic control center and appears to have overloaded a computer system at the center.

— Reuters

Teen charged with killing two troopers

As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man armed himself with an assault rifle and shot them seven times, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed Saturday.

Nathanial Lee Kangas appeared in a Fairbanks court two days after Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich and Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson were shot to death. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and a count of third-degree assault.

Like many troopers assigned to patrol multiple Alaskan villages, Rich and Johnson were not based in Tanana, an interior community of 238 people. They worked out of the troopers’ rural service unit in Fairbanks, 130 miles to the east. They had traveled to Tanana by plane to arrest Kangas’ father, Arvin, on charges of driving without a license and threatening the village’s unarmed public safety officer.

— Associated Press

Men traveling to Derby find body in rented RV: A group of men on their way to the Kentucky Derby for a bachelor party made a gruesome discovery after they pulled their rented RV over in southeastern Minnesota: a body inside the vehicle’s exterior cargo compartment. Authorities confirmed Saturday that the body is that of an Anoka, Minn., man who has been missing since November. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the death of Kevin Casserly, 22, is being investigated.

GM recalls nearly 52,000 SUVs: General Motors is recalling 51,640 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs of the 2014 model year because faulty software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately, U.S. regulators said Saturday. GM said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the fuel gauge reading could be off by as much as one-quarter of a tank. GM has recalled about 7 million vehicles this year, including 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models for faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

— From news serivices