Only two of more than 400 US commercial airports have applied to the federal government to switch back to privately employed security screeners, the Associated Press reported. Despite a recent congressional study that found problems in both passenger and luggage screening hindered airline operations, only two airports - in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Elko, Nev. - have asked to return to private screeners in the employ of the Transportation Security Administration. Airports appear to be sticking with federal screeners, instituted after the 9/11 attacks, for liability reasons.
After an economic slowdown in March, US employers hired 274,000 additional workers in April, a jump of more than 60,000 above this year's average, the Labor Department reported Friday. Analysts took that and a steady 5.2 percent unemployment rate as signs that the economy is still moving ahead.
The grounding of a US submarine that killed one crew member and injured 97 others in January resulted from a failure to adequately review navigation charts, according to a Navy report released Saturday. The USS San Francisco was en route to Australia when it hit an undersea mountain 525 feet below the ocean's surface. The sub managed to return to its home port in Guam under its own power, but the skipper was relieved of his command.
The California Interscholastic Federation became the first high school sports organization in the nation to approve regulations to curb steroid use among teen athletes. On Friday, it established rules that take effect this fall, requiring players, parents, and school officials to sign contracts promising that athletes won't use steroids. The rules also stipulate that coaches be educated about the after- effects of steroid abuse. Other states are expected to follow California's lead.
An enthusiastic crowd of 3,000 people witnessed American musical group Audioslave make history in Havana over the weekend. The group became the first US rock band to play an outdoor concert in Cuba.
Retired US Rep. Peter Rodino (D), who died Saturday in Newark, N.J., was best known as the House Judiciary Committee chairman who directed the impeachment investigation of President Nixon.