National briefs: Airlines win battle on fares

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WASHINGTON — In a victory for airlines and their workers’ unions, the House rejected consumers’ complaints and easily passed legislation on a voice vote Monday that lets airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

The bipartisan legislation would roll back federal regulations that since 2012 have required ads to most prominently display the full ticket price. Under the bill, the base price could be the figure most prominently shown in ads and ticket-selling websites as long as taxes and fees are displayed separately, such as in footnotes or pop-up ads.

Southwest faces fine

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it planned to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for repair violations on some of its Boeing 737 jets, citing faulty repairs it said the airline made since 2006. Southwest has 30 days to respond.

Surveillance plans hit

WASHINGTON — U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the media anonymously, two rights groups said Monday.

Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration’s crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report.

Same-sex marriage

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court in Richmond ruled Monday that Virginia’s restrictive ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution, upholding a lower court’s declaration in February.

The 2-1 decision by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals follows similar rulings this summer by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Denver, striking down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma. In each case, the courts have delayed implementation of the rulings to give the states a chance to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Sex abuse suspect killed

NEW YORK — Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were shot and wounded Monday and a suspect wanted on suspicion of sex abuse was killed during an attempt to arrest him in the city's Greenwich Village neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, authorities said.

The suspect, Charles Mozdir, was wanted on child molestation charges filed in San Diego, U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue said.

5 die in muder-suicide

SACO, Maine — A man in this southern Maine city shot dead his wife and three children before turning the shotgun on himself, police said Monday.

The five members of the family, including children ranging in age from 4 to 12, were found dead in their second-floor apartment Sunday, victims of an apparent murder-suicide by Joel Smith, 33, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said.

Kidnapping-case arrest

CONCORD, N.H. — A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home last week after vanishing nine months ago.

Nathaniel Kibby was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 28 miles north of where the girl lives, and was charged with felony kidnapping, authorities said.

Police allege that Mr. Kibby knowingly confined Abigail “Abby” Hernandez, then 14, on Oct. 9, sometime after she left Conway High School for her home. Abby returned home the night of July 20, but authorities have not explained the circumstances of her return.

— Compiled from news services


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