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NEW MEXICO: Security scare diverts jet

A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque on Sunday because of a security scare, but "no suspicious devices" were found, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said. He declined to clarify the nature of the "potential security threat" that caused Flight 1706 to land in New Mexico. Agents searched the plane and interviewed the crew and 107 passengers before clearing the aircraft to fly again. Tim Cole, 55, of Hazleton, Pa., told The Associated Press that the pilot told passengers the word "bomb" was in a note found in a bathroom. "The captain came on and said: 'It's probably a hoax, but we've got to take this very seriously,' " Cole said. Also yesterday, a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Chicago was diverted to St. Louis after a passenger tried to open a door midflight. He was taken into custody.


ALABAMA: Tornadoes' emotional toll

The 7-year-old girl plugged her ears and shook her head as her mother told a Red Cross social worker about their brush with death. Nakarah Britt didn't want to relive the terror of a tornado bearing down on their Birmingham apartment. Blocks away, Rosalee Taylor was having trouble eating and sleeping. The twisters that clobbered the South a week and a half ago, reducing entire neighborhoods and towns to rubble and killing hundreds, also left emotional wreckage. Storm survivors are just beginning to get over the initial shock of having lived through the deadliest cluster of tornadoes since the Depression. A small army of therapists has been sent to Alabama to help people cope with the loss of loved ones, the destruction of homes and possessions, and the monumental task of rebuilding.


ALASKA: Explosives in station wagon

State troopers said residents were evacuated from about 50 homes in Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage, after 550 pounds of old explosives were found in an abandoned station wagon. A team from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson detonated the explosives Saturday.

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