Partial FAA shutdown could cost over $1 billion in taxes

A partisan stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September, stopping airport construction projects and depriving federal coffers of potentially more than $1 billion in uncollected ticket taxes, after congressional attempts to reach a deal fell through on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially told reporters that he would be willing to accept a House Republican bill to restore the FAA’s operating authority even though it contained cuts in subsidies for rural air service that some Democrats oppose. But he later reversed course after a possible deal with House Republicans had fallen through.

The Senate was due to leave for its August recess Tuesday. The House left Monday. The FAA’s operating authority expired on July 23, as well as the authority of airlines to collect about $30 million a day in ticket taxes.


Salmonella linked to turkey meat claims California man

LOS ANGELES — State health officials say a California resident is the lone known death in a spate of salmonella poisonings across the country that appear to be linked to eating ground turkey meat.

California Department of Public Health spokesman Mike Sicilia said Tuesday that the death was one of two cases of the illness reported in Sacramento County.

Four other cases of salmonella have been found in California, one each in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Seventy-six people in 26 states have been made sick from the same strain of the disease..

OSLO, Norway

Attacker’s link to right-wing party heightens criticism

Warning voters about the danger of increasing Muslim influence in Norway, the Progress Party rode a wave of anti-immigrant feeling and took nearly a quarter of the seats in parliament in the country’s last election.

Now one of Europe’s most successful right-wing parties is on the defensive after one of its former members massacred 77 people in the name of fighting immigration.

The Progress Party has confirmed that Anders Behring Breivik, the confessed perpetrator of last month’s massacre, was a member between 1999 and 2006. That has focused intense criticism on its platform of sharply cutting the immigration that is changing Norway’s once virtually homogenous population of white Christians.

“They have to change their tone,” said Magnus Takvam, a political commentator for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK. “They have to reconsider their vocabulary.”

Progress Party leader Siv Jensen has been criticized for warning of a stealth Islamization of Norway.