In the Nation

Posted: May 18, 2010

FBI official is 3d pick for TSA post

WASHINGTON - Hoping to make the third nomination the charm, the White House announced Monday that President Obama would nominate FBI Deputy Director John Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration.

Obama has struggled to fill the top job at the TSA, the agency whose primary mission is to shore up the nation's defenses against terrorist threats in the air and on the roads and rails. The administration has called the job the most important unfilled position on the president's team. Obama's first two choices, Erroll Southers and retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding, withdrew their nominations.

Pistole began his career with the FBI in 1983, rising through the ranks of its counterterrorism division. He had been deputy director since 2004. The FBI works hand in hand with the TSA in screening air travelers. - AP

Army is recalling combat helmets

WASHINGTON - A Justice Department investigation into whether an Ohio-based military contractor took shortcuts in its production of military combat helmets has led to a huge Army recall.

Army officials were asking soldiers to check whether they were wearing one of the 44,000 helmets produced by ArmorSource L.L.C. that are now in use and to return them immediately.

The helmets, which have been distributed to U.S. service personnel worldwide, including Afghanistan, passed initial ballistic testing. But after being alerted to the Justice probe into ArmorSource that began last fall, the Army conducted a second batch of tests, which showed the helmets might not protect a soldier against a rare but "worst-case scenario" of multiple gunshots at a specific angle.

ArmorSource said it would cooperate with all government inquiries. - AP

April was Earth's hottest on record

Earth's average temperature for April was 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest for any April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

And the world's average temperature was the highest on record for the January-April period: 56 degrees, according to the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

Areas particularly warmer than average included Canada, Alaska, the eastern United States, Australia, South Asia, northern Africa, and northern Russia. Cooler-than-normal places included Mongolia, Argentina, far-eastern Russia, the western contiguous United States, and most of China. - AP

Elsewhere:

Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, considered the front-runner in the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Christopher Dodd, never served in Vietnam despite claims that he had, the New York Times reported.

A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU and the NAACP filed a sweeping lawsuit Monday against the Arizona law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration regulations, hoping to stop the law before it takes effect in July.

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