Airplanes land in Atlanta after bomb threats

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Fighter jets scrambled following bomb threat to passenger planes on Twitter.

ATLANTA (AP) – Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta’s main airport Saturday after authorities received what they called credible bomb threats made online, airport and military officials said. The passenger planes were en-route to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta when the threats were made and two F-16 fighter jets were ordered to escort them to the airport, where they landed safely.

Atlanta: Bomb threats against two US airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defence fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon, said Reese McCranie, a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Special Agent Britt Johnson said: “When the threat came in through Twitter, something was suspicious enough about it to make that determination that caused someone to elevate it to the point that it caused the scramble of the fighter jets and the notifications that occurred,” ABC News reported.

The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. FBI officials interviewed passengers before they were allowed to leave the airport and bomb disposal experts searched the plane and passengers’ luggage, but found nothing unusual according to officials.

The jets were sent from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina at 1pm local time and escorted the passenger aircraft until they landed, they then returned to their base. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, “I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport. In a speech to Iowa conservatives Saturday, Walker ran through a litany of changes he’s implemented that curtailed union power, relaxed teacher tenure laws, strengthened gun rights and restricted abortions. One was arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York from San Francisco, and another was departing the New York airport for Tel Aviv.

HURLEY, Wis. (AP) – A woman accused of helping lead a protest that disrupted workers at a mining rig in northern Wisconsin has been sentenced to nine months in jail, a stiffer sentence than recommended by prosecutors. Katie Kloth, 27, of Weston, was accused of being among 20 people at a rally where protesters threw cans and water bottles at workers to try to intimidate them as they drilled exploratory holes in remote Iron County in 2013. Kloth pleaded no contest to robbery and misdemeanor party to the crime of criminal damage to property, according to Daily Herald Media ( ). Authorities allege that Kloth appeared to be the protest leader and became enraged when she saw Ideal Drilling Co. employee Stacy Saari videotaping the protest.

Many of the protesters then climbed over the drilling equipment, damaged some of its controls, began throwing shovels, and swore at and verbally threatened the workers during the hour-long incident. County District Attorney Marty Lipske said he recommended four years of probation, and that a probation-only sentence isn’t that uncommon for a first-time offender who is in her 20s. Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation’s request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying it could leave the state owing a rival tribe millions of dollars.

Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman tells the Kenosha News ( ) he’s frustrated with Walker’s denial of the tribal casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

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