PENNSYLVANIA: Drug raid at Boeing plant
Federal agents raided a Boeing plant that makes military helicopters in the Philadelphia suburb of Ridley Park and charged more than a dozen people with distributing or trying to obtain prescription drugs, among them powerful painkillers including fentanyl and oxycodone. The arrests were made by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration at the 5,400-employee plant where workers build the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey. The plant is part of Boeing's Defense, Space and Security unit. It did not appear to be an organized drug ring, but rather a "nebulous" series of independent actors, authorities said. All but one of the 37 people charged were current or former Boeing employees, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said. Boeing informed authorities of their suspicions about drug activity on the property after an internal investigation, a company spokesman said.
MASSACHUSETTS: Obama motorcade accused
A tiny airport is suing the U.S. Secret Service, saying an unauthorized motorcade for President Barack Obama last year caused $676,000 in damage to its only airstrip. Obama will not be welcome again at Marlboro Airport, 30 miles west of Boston, without all parties signing an agreement specifying "who will be responsible for what," G. Robert Stetson Jr., the airport's majority-owner, told Reuters. SUVs, fire trucks, armed limousines and police cars met the helicopter Marine One when it landed on April 1, wrecking the 1,682-foot asphalt runway and surrounding turf, Stetson said.
NEW JERSEY: Casino offers plastic surgery
The latest casino promotion in Atlantic City gives new meaning to "going bust." The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort plans to give $25,000 worth of plastic surgery to a winner from a player's card contest. Some medical professionals said they worry the promotion could set a bad precedent by pairing two potentially compulsive behaviors.