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TSA trying to anticipate new terrorist tactics

WASHINGTON — A top military official says new warnings about insulated beverage containers are an example of federal officials trying to anticipate terrorist tactics.

Adm. James Winnefeld told the Associated Press on Friday that the Transportation Security Administration is "always trying to think ahead." Winnefeld is the head of the U.S. Northern Command, which is charged with protecting the homeland.

TSA officials had said Thursday that in coming days, passengers flying within and to the U.S. may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers such as thermoses.

Winnefeld says there has been a lot of chatter online about potential terrorism activity, but nothing specific.

Coal freighter stuck fast in Detroit River

GROSSE ILE, Mich. —A coal-carrying freighter was stubbornly stuck Friday after running aground in the Detroit River, and salvagers could be forced to unload some of its cargo to help tugboats pull the vessel free.

Even with five tugs, crews struggled to dislodge the 579-foot McKee Sons from where the barge sat in the Trenton Channel, south of Detroit, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Justin Westmiller said.

"Our plan is to continue to pull throughout the night," he said.

If that doesn't work, he added, some of the coal may have to be unloaded.

Man held after gun found by TSA screener

MIAMI — A man headed to Cuba has been arrested at Miami International Airport after security screeners said they found a loaded gun in his fanny pack.

Miami-Dade Police arrested 48-year-old Juan Manuel Baldoquin of West Palm Beach on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and grand theft of a firearm. He was being held on $10,000 bond.

Detective Javier Baez says a Transportation Security Administration screener spotted the outline of a gun while X-raying Baldoquin's bag. Police found the loaded gun when searching the bag by hand.

Baez says Baldoquin told officers that he had forgotten that the gun was in the bag.

N.Y. Muslim cleric will go on speaking tour

NEW YORK — The Muslim cleric who hopes to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site say he'll tour the country in an effort "to inspire interfaith understanding" for the controversial project.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said Friday that "the major purpose is to make people aware of what America means as a country that protects the right to freedom of religion."

Rauf's first appearance is scheduled for Detroit on Jan. 15. The city has North America's largest Muslim population.

The imam said he'll continue to Chicago, Washington, San Antonio and college campuses including Harvard, Georgetown, Yale and the University of North Carolina. He did not release specific dates for his speeches.

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