United changing cockpit-door codes after inadvertent leak

 

DALLAS — United Airlines is changing the keypad codes used to open cockpit doors after the previous codes were accidentally posted on a public website.

 

The airline sent a memo to pilots over the weekend telling them to use "alternative security measures," a spokeswoman said Monday.

 

The spokeswoman said the breach in security measures was not the result of hacking and did not cause any flights to be delayed or canceled.

 

"We are working to change the codes on all of our aircraft," added the spokeswoman, Maddie King.

 

 

 

Travel ban judges scrutinize Trump's Muslim statements

 

SEATTLE — Federal judges on Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with questions about whether the administration's travel ban discriminates against Muslims and zeroed in on the president's campaign statements, the second time in a week the rhetoric has faced judicial scrutiny.

 

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, who is defending the travel ban, told a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals that "over time, the president clarified that what he was talking about was Islamic terrorist groups and the countries that sponsor or shelter them." He argued that the executive order halting travel from six majority Muslim nations doesn't say anything about religion, and neither the state of Hawaii nor an imam from that state who wants his mother-in-law to visit has standing to sue.

 

"This order is aimed at aliens abroad, who themselves don't have constitutional rights," Wall said in a hearing broadcast live on C-Span and other news stations.

 

Neal Katyal, who represented Hawaii, scoffed at that argument and said Trump had repeatedly spoke of a Muslim ban during the presidential campaign and after.

 

"This is a repeated pattern of the president," Katyal said.

 

 

 

Bus carrying 26 kids on DC field trip overturns on I-95

 

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — A bus carrying dozens of Pennsylvania eighth-grade to Washington, D.C., for a field trip overturned on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland on Monday, state police said. Officials said one child and one teacher were seriously injured.

 

The bus carrying 26 children from Charles W. Henry School, three chaperones, and the driver overturned at least once on the highway near Havre de Grace, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. One child and one adult were flown to trauma centers in Maryland and Delaware. Others were taken to hospitals by ambulance, police said. No deaths have been reported.

 

One teacher was flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center's trauma center in Baltimore, but was still going through triage, the University of Maryland Medical System said in a statement. A spokeswoman for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said a student had been taken there.

 

 

 

Officials in Florida debate fate of Confederate statue

 

ORLANDO, Fla. — Commissioners in a major Florida city are discussing whether a statue recognizing Confederate veterans should be removed from a downtown park.

 

Some protesters waved Confederate flags outside Orlando City Hall on Monday before commissioners discussed what to do with the 116-year-old statue nicknamed "Johnny Reb."

 

Local media reported that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer suggested moving the statue to a nearby cemetery, where there already is an area set aside for Confederate soldiers.

 

The question of what to do with Confederate statues has been faced by city officials in at least two other cities in recent weeks. In New Orleans, workers have removed two of four statues honoring Confederate-era figures. Last weekend, a scuffle broke out at a statue of a Confederate general in Charlottesville, Virginia, over its planned removal.

 

 

 

4 plead guilty to manslaughter in fraternity hazing death

 

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Four men charged in a brutal fraternity hazing ritual that resulted in the 2013 death of a New York City college student have pleaded guilty in a Pennsylvania court to voluntary manslaughter.

 

Fraternity members at Pi Delta Psi physically abused Chun "Michael" Deng, a Baruch (buh-ROOK') College student. They then tried to cover it up as the 19-year-old lay dying in their rented house in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles west of New York.

 

Defense attorneys had called Deng's death a fraternity prank gone horribly awry.

 

The four defendants, Kenny Kwan, Charles Lai, Raymond Lam and Sheldon Wong, also pleaded guilty Monday to hindering apprehension. Wong did not participate in the assault but helped organize the hazing.

 

The typical sentence range for voluntary manslaughter is 22 to 36 months.