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Airline pilot probed over critical videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal authorities are investigating a pilot who posted videos on YouTube that were critical of security at San Francisco International Airport, the pilot's attorney said Friday.

Don Werno, of the Santa Ana-based law firm Werno and Associates, said the Transportation Security Administration is looking into whether his client revealed sensitive information.

The pilot, 50, who lives in the Sacramento area, remains employed with a major airline, but he has withdrawn from a program that trains flight crew to help prevent hijackings after authorities confiscated his federally issued firearm, Werno said. He declined to release the pilot's name, citing concerns about the man's job.

The TSA wouldn't answer questions but said it is responding to the situation and is confident in the security at San Francisco International Airport.



Salvation Army given another valuable coin

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) -- A valuable gold coin dropped into a Salvation Army kettle outside a Colorado Walmart resembles similar rare coins donated across the nation.

Salvation Army bell-ringer Clair Harger found the unusual coin in her kettle Wednesday in Broomfield. The charity investigated and found it was a 1983 South African Krugerrand coin worth $1,400.

Similar valuable Krugerrands have turned up in Salvation Army kettles in Florida, Indiana and Washington. A Kruggerand was also dropped in a kettle in Boulder last year.

Harger, who has been a bell-ringer for three years, said she noticed the man's coin was an unusual one and even asked him if it was a Krugerrand. Harger said the man said, "No" and walked away.



One dead, one injured in just-purchased boat

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) -- Officials said Friday a Florida man had just purchased a boat that sank off the southern New Jersey coast this week, killing him and injuring another man.

State Police Sgt. Steve Jones said Gregory Arlotta, 62, of Fort Myers, Fla., is presumed dead after his boat sank early Thursday about seven miles off Cape May.

Coast Guard crews from Atlantic City were able to reach the stricken boat and rescue Steve Hopkins, 42, of Washington, D.C. But Arlotta slipped under the surface, along with debris from the boat.

Hopkins was released Friday afternoon from the hospital, where he had been treated for hypothermia.



Insulated containers possible terror tactic

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top military official said Friday that new warnings about insulated beverage containers are an example of federal officials trying to anticipate terror tactics.

Adm. James Winnefeld told the Associated Press that the Transportation Security Administration is "always trying to think ahead." Winnefeld is the head of the U.S. Northern Command, which is charged with protecting the homeland.

TSA officials had said Thursday that in coming days, passengers flying within and to the United States may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers such as thermoses.

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