Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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FBI agent is being held in Pakistan

An FBI agent is being held on anti-terrorism charges in Pakistan after authorities found ammunition in a bag as he boarded a plane in Karachi, Pakistani and U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The agent was detained by airport police in Karachi about 4 p.m. Monday when he tried to board a Pakistan International Airlines flight to Islamabad. He was in possession of 15 bullets and a magazine for a 9mm pistol, police officials said.

On Tuesday, he appeared in court on charges that he had violated local anti-terrorism laws that prohibit the carrying of weapons or ammunition on a commercial flight. A judge ordered that the agent be detained until at least Saturday so Pakistani security officials can investigate the matter.

A U.S. official said the agent was in Pakistan as part of a multi- agency, anti-corruption program.

White House goes on lockdown * Access to the White House complex was halted for about an hour Tuesday after a vehicle followed a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through the gates.

Uniformed agents immediately stopped the vehicle after it trailed in behind the motorcade at about 4:40 p.m. Eastern time, the Secret Service said. The driver, a middle-age man, was taken into police custody. District of Columbia police swept the vehicle for explosives and restored access to Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House complex about an hour later.

An official said the driver has a pass for the Treasury Department, which is next door to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Deputy charged in coach's death * A Mississippi deputy working as a referee for a recreation league basketball game punched one of the coaches and is charged in his death, police said Tuesday.

Justin Griffin, 25, died Monday after a fight over play calls in the ASAU game that started on the court and moved into the parking lot, police said. Griffin died from blunt-force trauma to the head due to injuries suffered in the fight, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said.

Joshua Adams, 37, was charged with murder and was ordered to remain in jail Tuesday,

Wild bear becomes too friendly * A bear that apparently became too accustomed to the good life at a ski resort at Lake Tahoe is headed for an animal sanctuary or zoo after wildlife officials decided he's unfortunately become too domesticated to be returned to the wild.

The year-old black bear, dubbed "Heavenly," was captured in March after it settled in next to a ski lift at the Heavenly Mountain Resort at Stateline on the California-Nevada line.

Veterinarians at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center nursed him back to health. California wildlife officials released him last week in the Sierra near Monitor Pass, about 25 miles south of the lake. But they say he made it back to Tahoe within a matter of days and started approaching people again. …

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