Move to tighten scanner privacy
NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) wants to make it illegal for anyone to distribute or record images produced by full-body scanners at airports.
He introduced a bill Sunday that calls for as much as a year in prison for anyone who misuses scan images. They could also face fines of up to $100,000.
Privacy advocates say there are insufficient safeguards to ensure that the revealing images produced by the machines remain private. The scans see through clothing.
The Transportation Security Administration says the images are deleted after use. Passengers can opt instead for a pat-down that includes the crotch and chest. - AP
Piece of infamy put up for sale
LINCOLN, Mont. - A 1.4-acre plot in western Montana once owned by "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski is on the market for $69,500. The listing offers potential buyers a chance to own a piece of "infamous U.S. history."
"This is a one-of-a-kind property and is obviously very secluded," the listing by John Pistelak Realty of Lincoln reads. It doesn't name the current owner of the property.
The forested land does not have electricity or running water. Photos posted with the online listing show tall trees and chain-link fences topped by barbed wire. The property does not include Kaczynski's cabin, which is on display at the Newseum in Washington.
Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained mathematician who railed against technology, was called the "Unabomber" because some of his attacks targeted university scholars. He is serving a life sentence for killing three people and injuring 23 in bombings nationwide between 1978 and 1995. - AP
Crippled cargo ship under tow
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A crippled cargo ship carrying nearly a half million gallons of fuel oil was under tow toward a safe harbor Sunday, easing concerns that the vessel could go aground in Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.
The 738-foot Golden Seas with 20 crew members aboard and a full load of canola seed was expected to reach Dutch Harbor, 275 miles away, early Monday, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr said.
The 18,000-horsepower Tor Viking II began towing the Greece-based cargo ship late Saturday, hours after they rendezvoused in the Bering Sea 45 miles north of Atka Island. Warr said the vessels were dealing with 20-foot waves but that conditions were expected to improve.
The Coast Guard said fears the ship would run aground had eased. There were no reports of injury among the crew of either vessel. - AP
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's more inclined to run for president in 2012 than not. He told Fox New Sunday he's inclined to believe "it's doable."