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WASHINGTON: FAA chief on DWI charge

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was placed on a leave of absence Monday as Department of Transportation officials decide how to handle his weekend arrest on charges of drunken driving. DOT officials are in "discussions with legal counsel about Administrator Babbitt's employment status," said a statement from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's office. The Federal Aviation Administration is part of the Transportation Department. Babbitt is about halfway through a five-year term. Babbitt, 65, was charged with driving while intoxicated after a patrol officer spotted him driving on the wrong side of the street about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Fairfax City, Va., police said. Babbitt, who lives in nearby Reston, Va., was the only occupant of the vehicle. Police said he cooperated and was released on his own recognizance. White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama and Transportation Department officials learned of the arrest Monday. A statement was released saying Babbitt had been placed on leave at his request.


NEVADA: Fired over emaciated dog

A woman says she was fired as a baggage handler at Reno-Tahoe International Airport last month after she refused to load an emaciated hunting dog on a plane. Lynn Jones said Monday that the dog was in such bad shape it made her cry. She said it had sores all over and raw paws. She said her supervisor told her to load the dog bound for Corpus Christi, Texas, because its paperwork was in order and its condition wasn't her concern.


CONNECTICUT: Death decision for jury

A New Haven jury began deliberating Monday whether a man convicted of killing a mother and her two daughters in a gruesome home invasion should be executed. The same panel of 12 convicted Joshua Komisarjevsky, 31, in October of the 2007 murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Komisarjevsky's accomplice, Steven Hayes, was convicted separately and has been sentenced to death.

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