WASHINGTON

House bill urges standard

for size of airline seats

The House voted Wednesday to direct the federal government to set a minimum size for airline seats, bar passengers from being kicked off overbooked planes, and consider whether to restrict animals on planes.

Those and other passenger-related provisions were included in a bill to authorize Federal Aviation Administration programs for five years. The House approved the measure by a 398-23 vote, sending it to the Senate, which faces a Sunday deadline.

The FAA bill is also notable for what is not included. Lawmakers abandoned a plan to privatize the nation's air-traffic-control system. And negotiators dropped a proposal to crack down on "unreasonable" airline fees.

 

Trump on Rosenstein:

Firing is not preferred

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would “certainly prefer not” to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department’s No. 2 official.

Trump said Rosenstein denied making remarks first attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that he had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

“I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein,” Trump said at a news conference in New York. “He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we’ll see.”

 

LOS ANGELES

Murder suspect has

record of being deported

A man who had been deported six times was charged Wednesday in a string of killings and beatings that targeted sleeping homeless people, authorities said.

Authorities say Ramon Alberto Escobar has a long criminal record in the U.S. and has been repeatedly deported to his native El Salvador.

His scheduled arraignment was postponed to Nov. 8 and he was ordered to remain jailed without bail. Escobar, 47, is charged with three counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and four counts of second-degree robbery.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires