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  • AP1101050107405A large, brave passenger on a Turkish Airlines flight overpowered a would-be hijacker by sitting on him, passengers and authorities said.

    According to passenger accounts in the media, the attempted hijacking began shortly before the Boeing 737 plane was going to land in Istanbul on Wednesday. The masked suspect, later identified in news reports as 40-year-old Yasar Cuma or Cuma Yasar, claimed to be holding a bomb (later found to be fake) and tried to break into the cockpit, demanding that the plane return to its originating point in Oslo, Norway.

    [Related: Coffee spill causes flight to divert]

    Two passengers, identified as Firat Faysal Ali and Dag Gjerstad by a Turkish news wire, subdued him before he could get into the cockpit.

    Watch Reuters' report below:

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  • Introducing: The Ticket, The Lookout and The Cutline

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    The Upshot has just given birth to triplets.

    Since the site launched in July, we've hustled to pull together the most interesting and important news on three core beats: politics, national affairs and media. Our bloggers have broken news and analyzed big stories, pointed out to great stories by other publications, and done our best to offer you a comprehensive media diet.

    And you've responded. Readers inside and outside of the Yahoo! network have read the site by the millions, shared our stories via email, Twitter and Facebook, and engaged with our bloggers.

    So today, we're launching three new sites dedicated specifically to the topics The Upshot was already covering. The Ticket will give you everything you need to know about American politics (Holly Bailey explains the site here). The Lookout will break down the big national stories (Zachary Roth explains the site here). The Cutline will explain the transformation and influence of the national media (Michael Calderone explains the

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  • Tea Party Patriots tells members to stop phone drive

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    The tea party insurgency has arrived in Washington, and so far, at least, it's proving to be a rather rocky match. One of the movement's national leadership groups, the Tea Party Patriots, mounted a phone drive last week seeking to influence incoming members-elect in Congress and get its message across to Washington think tanks. But the effort was so all-encompassing that some of its targets likened it to harassment, and it ensnared some accidental targets--prompting the activists to call the initiative off.

    At the end of last week, leaders with the Tea Party Patriots issued an appeal to members to stop contacting incoming House members to remind them to attend their sponsored tea party orientation. "PLEASE STOP CALLING THE FRESHMEN," the Patriots titled one of three emails to supporters telling them to desist. "It's time to turn off the heat."

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