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Pilot says 'mom,' some hear 'bomb'

RONKONKOMA (AP) -- The pilot said "mom on board."

Some passengers heard "bomb on board."

The misunderstanding led to a minor scare Friday aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Long Island's MacArthur Airport.

An airline spokeswoman told Newsday that a pilot had made a "fun announcement" to passengers on the flight that one of their fellow travelers was the mother of an air traffic controller. He also wished her a happy birthday.

But a few passengers heard the word "mom" as "bomb" and became alarmed.

Flight attendants tried to explain that nothing was wrong, but after the plane landed, two passengers were disgruntled enough to complain to security officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the matter.


Goodyear recalling 40,000 Wrangler tires

NEW YORK (AP) -- Goodyear is recalling six versions of its Wrangler Silent Armor tires over concerns that the tread could separate from the tire and cause accidents.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Saturday that the separation could happen under what it called "severe usage conditions." It said the separated tread could strike the vehicle and damage it or cause a tire failure.

The recall affects about 40,000 tires designed for trucks, vans and SUVs, and made in 2009, including 27,000 in service, according to Goodyear. It said it will replace the recalled tires with new ones.

Goodyear said it will notify owners and replace the tires for free. The recall will start by March 22.


RFK son is charged in incident at hospital

NEW YORK (AP) -- A son of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy faces misdemeanor charges after he struggled with nurses who tried to stop him from carrying his newborn son out of the maternity ward at a hospital near New York City.

Douglas Kennedy said he was trying to take the baby out of Northern Westchester Hospital for a quick walk when a group of nurses who thought the infant should remain indoors tried to stop him.

Security video shows the nurses stopped Kennedy from using an elevator, then tried to block him from using a stairwell.

Kennedy said one of the nurses tried to snatch the child from his arms. The nurse, Cari Maleman Luciano, told police she was only trying to steady the "violent shaking" of the baby.

One nurse said Kennedy twisted her arm. Another said he kicked her in the pelvis. Kennedy was eventually stopped by security officers.

The altercation happened Jan. 7. Mount Kisco police arrested Kennedy on Thursday on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.


Probe sought on report of napping controllers

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Two officials want the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate whether air traffic controllers are sleeping on the job at a local airport.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino were reacting to a report on TV station WNYW. The report included video purporting to show controllers sleeping, texting and reading while on duty at the county airport.

The airport is 30 miles north of New York City. It serves nearly 2 million passengers annually.

The report included an FAA statement that because of an elevator breakdown, off-duty controllers are allowed to use part of the control tower as a break room.

In separate letters to the FAA, Gillibrand and Astorino questioned that explanation and demanded an investigation.

The FAA said Friday it would take action as appropriate.