• Security breach at San Jose airport forces flight delays

    San Jose Mercury News

    Sandra Gonzales

    A security breach at the Mineta San Jose International Airport Thursday night delayed at least eight Southwest flights, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded in the baggage claim area for about two hours.

    At about 8:30 p.m., a woman awaiting a flight left the secure area after being screened then returned without being rescreened.

    "I don't know how that happened," said David Vossbrink, a spokesman for the airport.

    As a result, passengers who had already been screened were forced to evacuate Terminal B, and had to be rescreened.

    San Jose police detained and questioned the 22-year-old woman. She was later cited and released on a misdmeanor for allegedly violating an airport security checkpoint.

    Vossbrink said it did not appear, however, that she was carrying anything illegal.

    Sandra Gonzales, Mercury News

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    Mike Rosenberg, mrosenberg@bayareanewsgroup.com

    The investigation into the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has led detectives to state Sen. Leland Yee, who also received death threats for criticizing Sarah Palin, but officials are not saying whether they have uncovered any link between the two.

    The chief of staff for Yee, a Democrat representing northern San Mateo County and western San Francisco, said he was briefly questioned by a Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's detective who called him Monday. The Tucson-area detectives are investigating the shooting that killed six people and injured Giffords, who is also a Democrat.

    The Yee staffer, Adam Keigwin, said the detective told him investigators wanted to know about the death threats Yee received after he ruffled the feathers of Palin supporters by trying to uncover the details of the former GOP vice presidential candidate's speaking contract with a state university. Yee's office was flooded with graphic

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