Obama begins vacation shopping and golfing
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- President Obama began the first full day of his Martha's Vineyard vacation Friday by taking his daughters book shopping, then hitting the golf links at a private course.
At the Bunch of Grapes bookstore, Obama was greeted by shouts of "2012" and "Four More Years." Dressed casually in jeans and an untucked blue polo shirt, he introduced his daughters to patrons before setting off in search of vacation reading.
"They've got to buy some books," Obama said of Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, adding that one of them had a school assignment.
At the end of the 15-minute shopping trip, Obama was seen holding five or six books, including "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley's futuristic classic, and "The Bayou Trilogy," a crime novel by Daniel Woodrell set in Louisiana swampland.
The 10-day stay on Martha's Vineyard is Obama's third straight summer on the island off Cape Cod.
FAA inspectors who leave face new rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors will be barred for two years after leaving the agency from going to work for an airline they oversaw, under a rule issued Friday.
The rule follows concerns raised in 2008 by Congress and the Transportation Department's inspector general that managers in the safety office that oversees the Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. allowed planes to make nearly 60,000 flights without required safety inspections for possible cracks in fuselages, the FAA said.
An investigation found that Southwest had hired a former FAA inspector who had a close relationship with managers in the safety office where he formerly worked.
Separately, the FAA also proposed new rules Friday intended to prevent accidents caused by ice buildups on the surfaces of smaller airliners usually flown by regional airlines.
The rules were prompted by a series of incidents involving ice buildup, including the 1994 crash of an American Eagle turboprop near Roselawn, Ind. All 68 people onboard were killed.
Insulin pump hacking spurs call for review
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two lawmakers are requesting a review of the government's security standards for wireless medical devices after a diabetic discovered how to remotely reprogram his and other people's insulin pumps.
Reps. Anna Eshoo of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, asked the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, to evaluate the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to identify the risks of implants and other medical devices that use wireless communications.
They cited new research by Jay Radcliffe, a computer security expert from Idaho, who demonstrated at a conference this month that he could hack into an insulin pump he wears on his body and get it to respond to an unauthorized remote control.
He didn't identify the specific vulnerabilities that allowed him to perform the attack, but he has alerted the device maker -- which he did not name -- about the issues. Others are likely vulnerable as well.
Remains identified using photo in urn
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Army officials have determined the identity of remains from an urn interred at Arlington National Cemetery that had been wrongly placed in a mass grave.
The urn was among eight cremated remains found last year at the cemetery amid reports of misplaced graves and faulty record keeping at the cemetery. The identity of one urn had a tantalizing clue: a photo of a young ice skater.
Army investigators tried for months to track down the skater's identity. The Washington Post ran a front-page story Friday about the search.
Within hours the skater was identified as Rachel Stecher of Ashburn, Va., who is now enrolled at the Air Force Academy. The remains belonged to her grandmother, Gwyn Stecher, who died in 2001.
Cemetery officials say they will re-inter the remains.