November 17th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

On the Radar: Pat-downs, publicist slain, terrorism trial

To pat or not to pat? - Amidst a flurry of complaints from passengers who said they'd been inappropriately touched while airport security screeners patted them down, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration is expected to  defend the method Wednesday. John Pistole will testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. His appearance was scheduled before this week's "Don't touch my junk" controversy, during which a passenger videotaped his pat-down experience. Two pilots who refused full body scans and pat-downs are suing the Department of Homeland Security. Former commercial pilot C.B. "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed a plane in the Hudson River, says pat-downs for flight crews aren't "an efficient use of our resources." The organization suing TSA on behalf of the pilots said the agency is "forcing travelers to consent to a virtual strip search."

Movie publicist killed - Hollywood is reeling after a well-known publicist was gunned down in Los Angeles, California, early Tuesday after a party celebrating the new Cher/Christina Aguilera movie, "Burlesque."  Ronnie Chasen, 64, died after "multiple shots" were fired into her Mercedes, seconds after she drove past the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, police said. Chasen crashed the car into a light pole at 12:20 a.m. She died later at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

"We were all on such a high," songwriter Diane Warren said. "And then she left - I'm guessing about 10 minutes before I did. What on earth? What happened? Why?"

Alleged arms dealer in court - A Russian known as the "Merchant of Death" is expected to be in a New York courtroom Wednesday. Authorities suspect Viktor Bout has supplied weapons to war zones around the globe, from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan. The former Soviet military officer faces terrorism charges. Bout's extradition earlier this week from Thailand, where he's been held since 2008, is a "victory for the rule of law everywhere," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Bout was arrested in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand, after U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents posed as members of the Colombia rebel group FARC.

Cholera in the Dominican Republic - The cholera outbreak which has killed hundreds in Haiti has spread to the Dominican Republic, prompting the nation to issue a maximum health alert. The first confirmed case is a 32-year-old Haitian construction worker who returned to the Dominican Republic last Friday with symptoms of the intestinal illness, according to the Dominican health ministry.

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  1. K jacktown michigan

    haitian kool-aid anyone, those people do nothing to help themselves, not our problem. We have given money, supplies, manpower, what more can you do, stop drinking from the septic tank!

    November 17, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. D Milner Canada

    Airport Security Patdowns. Don't you think it is time that security study Israeli security a little more. I have gone through Ben Gurion airport 6 times over the years and have never been patted down. You go through a check point when you arrive at the airport and then through security in the airport. They talk to you and look you in the eyes. They approach you in the airport line and ask a few questions. They have many layers of security but it doesn't feel as invasive as traveling in North America. Why is profiling a bad thing? When almost all terrorist activities in the world are perpetuated by muslims?

    November 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |