A Muslim family was removed from an airliner Thursday after passengers became concerned over a conversation they were having about the safest place to sit. Atif Irfan said federal authorities removed eight members of his extended family and a friend after passengers misconstrued the nature of the conversation. Irfan, a U.S. citizen and tax attorney, said he was “impressed with the professionalism” of the FBI agents who questioned him, but said he felt mistreated when the airline refused to book his family for a later flight even after the FBI cleared them of any wrongdoing. AirTran Airways late Thursday said they acted properly and that the family was offered full refunds and can fly with AirTran again. CNN
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a cruise ship employee who fell overboard, just two days after Mexico called off its search for a passenger believed to have fallen off another ship into the Gulf of Mexico on Christmas night. The man works on the cruise ship Carnival Sensation, and co-workers reported him falling overboard around 12:50 a.m. Thursday, while the ship was at sea about 20 miles east of Vero Beach, Fla. FOXNews.com
For several months Ketzel Levine, a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, has been working on a series about how Americans are handling economic pressure called “American Moxie: How We Get By.” But there was an unexpected ending. Midway through her reporting, Ms. Levine found out that she had been laid off as part of a 64-employee cut at NPR. NY Times
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