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Man's testiness sends flight back to airport

PORTLAND, Ore. —An Oregon man has been released without charges after authorities say he became disruptive on a commercial flight bound for Hawaii, leading two F-15 fighter jets to escort the flight back to Portland International Airport.

The FBI says the man has no known terrorist links.

Military officials say the fighter jets were sent up Wednesday as a precaution.

The FBI says it questioned the 56-year-old Salem man and turned over the matter to federal prosecutors. A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration says the man made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bags.

Obama backing tax on high-end health plans

WASHINGTON — President Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end health insurance plans to pay for health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

In a meeting at the White House, Obama expressed his preference for the insurance tax contained in the Senate's health overhaul bill, but largely opposed by House Democrats and organized labor, Democratic aides said.

House Democrats want to raise income taxes on high-income individuals instead and are reluctant to abandon that approach, while recognizing that they will have to bend on that and other issues so that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., can maintain his fragile majority support.

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