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Man arrested in antiterror sting

A man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.

Investigators allege that Terry Lee Loewen, planned to attack the Mid-Continent Regional Airport in a plot aimed at supporting al-Qaeda.

Loewen, 58, an avionics technician who worked at the airport for Hawker Beechcraft, was arrested before dawn as he tried to drive onto the tarmac. The materials in the car were inert, and no one at the airport was in any immediate danger, authorities said.

Loewen had been under investigation for about six months after making online statements about wanting to commit "violent jihad" against the United States, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Authorities said they believe Loewen acted alone. - AP

Victim-visa cap hit

The federal government has already reached its cap on special visas for crime victims, just a few months into the fiscal year, the fastest the limit has been reached since the U.S. government started issuing them in 2008, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The visas are meant to help authorities investigate crimes committed against people who are not legally in the U.S. and to provide a level of security to crime victims who otherwise might fear they could be deported if they come forward. - AP


Space walk possible

Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a space walk because of a broken cooling system. Mastracchio, an experienced spacewalker, said he's ready to go out and make repairs, if deemed necessary by Mission Control. "Any time you have something like this, it's good news, bad news," he said Friday. - AP