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    A pizza parlor is being criticized for asking customers to order a pie in another language.

    Dallas-based Pizza Patrón, with 104 outlets across the country, plans to give away 80,000 large pepperoni pizzas on June 5 to anyone who orders in Spanish, according to a report in USA Today.

    Some have slammed the deal, as immigration remains a hot button issue in the country.

    "It seems to punish people who can't speak Spanish, and I resent that," Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus, says in the report. "In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors."

    Critics of the offer have also come from within the Latino community:

    "Maybe they thought it was a cute thing to do, but I think it's discrimination," says Marcela Gomez, president of Hispanic Marketing Group in Nashville.

    Pizza Patrón brand director Andrew Gamm says 70 percent of the company's customer base is Spanish-speaking, and they are simply trying to reach out to their target market.

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  • An online video of a South Carolina union leader pummeling a pinata featuring a likeness of her state's Republican governor is eliciting strong reactions from across the political spectrum.

    The video shows Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the state AFL-CIO, taking a bat to a pinata which bears a photo of Gov. Nikki Haley. The pinata also features a printout of a quote from Haley: "Unions are not needed, wanted or welcome in South Carolina."

    In the video, posted to YouTube, Dewitt is encouraged by others at the gathering, with calls of "Hit her again" and "Give her another whack."

    As might be expected, the video has gone viral and is eliciting strong reactions from all sides. And while Dewitt tells ABC News that she has no regrets about the pinata episode and meant no "ill intent," the partisan blogosphere isn't letting this one pass by.

    Writing on the conservatives site Commentary, Omri Ceren calls it a "spectacle" and "kind of pathetic—impotent revenge fantasies, even and

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  • A flight from Paris bound for Charlotte, N.C., was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a passenger claimed to have a device surgically implanted inside her, sparking security concerns.

    The woman, a French citizen whose name has not been released, was arrested after the plane landed in Bangor, Maine. Law enforcement officials conducted a search of the plane, concluding there were no explosives on board. According to US Airways, the flight left Bangor and arrived in Charlotte at 5:37 p.m. ET.

    US Airways flight 787—which left Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport shortly after 11 a.m. local time en route to Charlotte Douglas International—was rerouted to Bangor. The Boeing 767 was carrying 179 passengers and a crew of nine, a spokesman for the airline said, confirming that there had been an unspecified "security issue."

    A Homeland Security official told NBC News that the flight was diverted because a "passenger was acting suspiciously."

    According to CNN, a French woman on the flight handed a note to a flight attendant, claiming that she had a surgically implanted device inside her.

    Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., to intercept the flight over Canada, NORAD said. The plane landed safely in Bangor.

    Doctors aboard the flight examined the woman and "saw no sign of recent scars," according to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King's office.

    The woman, a French citizen from Cameroon, had planned a 10-day visit to the United States, King's office added. She was traveling alone and had no checked baggage.

    "[We are] aware of reports of a passenger who exhibited suspicious behavior during flight," the TSA said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution the flight was diverted to BGR where it was met by law enforcement."

    According to one of the passengers, the flight crew announced that they needed to land in Bangor because "uncharacteristically strong headwinds" required the plane to refuel. Once the plane landed there, the pilot apologized to passengers, saying the TSA ordered him to lie to them.

    Passengers were also told to keep their window shades down during a movie, so they did not see that fighter jets has been sent to escort the flight,  Stuart Frankel from Baltimore told the Associated Press. He also said there were a few calls for doctors on the flight, but that did not alarm anyone.

    "We saw lots of police and federal customs people take a woman off the plane in handcuffs," Frankel said. "People were amazed at what was going on. We didn't know what was happening until we landed."

    Several passengers said they did notice the woman because she kept walking up and down the aisle during the flight. They said she also stood out because of her slight stature and big eyelashes, according to the AP.

    The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting with the investigation, but officials told the network they did not believe it was a terrorist threat.

    Airlines have been on heightened alert since last fall, when the Dept. of Homeland Security and FBI warned of new terrorist plots involving surgically implanted bombs.

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