Plane bins face overhaul
Federal safety officials want changes in how equipment is mounted to overhead bins on Boeing 737 jets to prevent the 12-pound units from falling on passengers during survivable crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was swayed by evidence from several accidents since 2008 in which oxygen and ventilation equipment tore loose and likely caused head injuries. The board said in a letter released Friday that the government should require changes in the design and testing of how the “passenger service units” are mounted under overhead bins.
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Jackpot’s fate decided
The Iowa Lottery will try again to give away the state’s share of a big jackpot after a mysterious man who ended up with the winning ticket wouldn’t explain how he got it. The agency said Friday it was planning a $2 million promotion to give away cash prizes with the state’s share of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot and of a $77 million Powerball jackpot that went unclaimed in Georgia. Investigators are looking into whether any crimes were committed related to the attempt by New York attorney Crawford Shaw to claim the Hot Lotto jackpot for a trust. Shaw signed the winning ticket, which was turned in two hours before the prize would’ve expired. But he refused to explain how he got it, and the lottery wouldn’t pay.
Divided verdict for twins
A jury has found one of two white supremacist brothers guilty in the racially motivated bombing of a city official in suburban Phoenix in 2004. The jury found Dennis Mahon guilty in the bombing but found his identical twin brother Daniel Mahon not guilty. The verdict came Friday, nearly eight years to the day since the Feb. 26, 2004, bombing that injured Don Logan, who is black and was Scottsdale’s diversity director at the time. Prosecutors argued that the Mahon brothers bombed Logan on behalf of a group called the White Aryan Resistance, which they say encourages members to act as “lone wolves” and commit violence against non-whites and the government.
Compiled from wire reports.