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News Wrap: Airline Incident in Miami Ends in Arrest

In other news, another airline security incident occurred in Miami last night when an unruly passenger was arrested, and leaders in Europe remain divided over whether to use full body scanners at airports.

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    And still to come on the "NewsHour": Is the swine flu coming back, and should you get vaccinated?; a basketball star and his guns; and the life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

    That follows the other news of the day.

    Here's Hari Sreenivasan in our newsroom — Hari.


    There was another airline security incident overnight, this time in Miami. A Delta Air Lines flight was ready to take off for Detroit when a passenger began yelling, "I'm a Palestinian and I want to kill all the Jews."

    The plane returned to the gate, and the man was arrested. He was identified as Mansor Mohammad Asad of Toledo, Ohio. FBI officials said today there was no evidence of any terror plot.

    It turns out a missing guard triggered the shutdown Sunday night at Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Airport surveillance video was released today. It shows a guard leaving his security checkpoint. Moments later, a man ducks under a rope into a secured area to say goodbye to a woman waiting for a flight. The security breach closed the Newark terminal for six hours, delaying flights and scrambling schedules across the country.

    In Brussels, Belgium, today, members of the European Union debated whether to use full body scanners at airports, but there were sharp divisions. At the same time, Italy joined the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands and announced it will install the scanners soon.

    ROBERTO MARONI, interior minister, Italy (through translator): We have always said that security comes before everything. The right to life for those who fly, for those who travel is a fundamental right that we want to protect. With the introduction of these instruments, these body scanners, we have decided, as you have heard, to introduce them at the airports of Milan, Rome, and Venice, starting as a minimum with these.


    Forty of the scanners are in use across the United States.

    The Afghan wing of al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed seven CIA employees. The claim was made in a statement on a Taliban Web site. The bomber was a Jordanian man, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, who was believed to have turned against al-Qaida. His wife said today her husband was a martyr who hated the United States.

    Thousands of Coptic Christians rioted today in Egypt. It started after seven people were shot dead as they left a midnight mass. They had been celebrating the arrival of Christmas on the Coptic calendar. Protesters began smashing hospital buses when officials delayed turning over the bodies for burial. The riots lasted several hours. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's mostly Muslim population.

    Scores of people have been killed in tribal fighting in Sudan. A regional official said today at least 139 tribal members died in clashes in remote southern Sudan. Scores more were wounded. It is estimated tribal violence in the region killed some 2,500 people last year alone.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants stronger standards governing smog. In a statement today, Administrator Lisa Jackson proposed standards to cut down on ozone emissions. As a result, hundreds more counties would likely be in violation of air pollution rules, but they have up to 20 years to meet the new limits. Former President Bush had blocked the tougher standards.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 33 points to close at 10606. The Nasdaq fell one point to close at 2300.

    Those are some of the day's main stories. I will be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you will find tonight on the "NewsHour"'s Web site — but, for now, back to Jim.