Bomb threats disrupt Atlanta's airport

Parts of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were closed temporarily while the authorities investigated bomb threats against commercial jetliners passing through the airport. FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said officials searched planes belonging to Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines. A military spokesman, Preston Schlacter, said that officials scrambled a pair of fighter jets to escort the planes into Atlanta. Searches turned up nothing and normal airport operations resumed.


Leaders confront heroin overdoses

Political leaders in Annapolis, Md., and Richmond, Va., are searching for ways to combat a wave of heroin overdoses. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has declared reducing heroin use a priority. Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe introduced a package of bills that would increase criminal penalties for drug dealers who supply lethal doses and reduce penalties for drug users who seek help for friends who have overdosed. The actions reflect mounting concern about the escalation in overdoses.


Three are dead after shooting at party

Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police. As many as 50 people were in and around the small home when shots were fired "by multiple shooters" around 2 a.m., Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said. No arrests have been made, and police said they were confident the shootings were gang-related. The vast majority of people at the scene refused to help police, the chief said.


Lincoln artifacts bring top dollar

A collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia that included a lock of the slain president's hair was sold for more than $800,000 at auction in Dallas. The lock of hair taken by Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes shortly after Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth sold for $25,000. An 1861 letter written by Booth to a friend boasting about his career and value as an actor also brought $30,000. A clipping of linen stained with Lincoln's blood taken from his deathbed sold for $6,000.


Detainees allowed to speak with families

The 15 detainees considered to be the most dangerous at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay have been allowed to make Skype-like video calls and speak with their families for the first time since they were brought to Guantanamo from secret CIA prisons overseas. Officials imposed strict security restrictions on the calls, monitoring both sides' statements to ensure no classified information is divulged. The Pentagon has been under growing pressure to improve detainees' living conditions.


Left-wing party is favored in election

Syriza, the radical left-wing party that has vowed to rewrite the terms of the country's international bailout and end harsh austerity measures, held the lead in the last polls released ahead of Sunday's national election. The polls showed Syriza's lead over the ruling New Democracy conservatives trending upward.


Ruling party wins presidential election

The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, won the presidential election that was called after President Michael Sata died in October. Lungu received 48.3 percent of the vote, while the United Party for National Development candidate came in second with 46.7 percent.

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