DENVER — A wedding gift was no joke to TSA agents checking bags in a screening room at Denver International Airport.
An agent watching an X-ray monitor spotted wax and fuses inside a checked bag at the airport.
TSA said the bride and groom’s names both start with a “T,” so their wedding souvenirs were labeled TNT. The incident happened Sept. 22.
TSA issued a statement on Instagram that there was a 20-minute evacuation while bomb specialists checked the bag. They determined that while the wax and fuses were on bottles that said TNT, inside was just bath salts. The bottles were wedding favors for guests.
BOISE SEEKS TO SAVE TREE WITH TIES TO APOLLO 14
BOISE, Idaho — Boise residents are trying to save a tree that was grown from seeds taken aboard the Apollo 14 mission to the moon.
The loblolly pine planted in 1977 on Lowell Elementary School's campus is dehydrated and infected with insects.
Eagle Historical Museum curator Alana Dunn brought the tree to the school’s attention. Pattie Hennequin has a third-grader enrolled at Lowell and is now leading the effort to save the so-called moon tree.
“The tree has a special place in our history,” she said. “It's a fascinating thing to help teach kids about space exploration and to tie in a little Idaho history.”
Astronaut Stuart Roosa included the seeds in his personal items at the request of the Forest Service, in part to test the effects of zero gravity. Roosa was a former Forest Service smoke jumper.
Most of the seeds germinated after returning from their journey in space and were distributed to schools and other entities to grow. Demand was so high the Forest Service grew more seedlings from cuttings of the trees.
VERMONT GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE TO TAKE DOWN PRIVACY SCREEN
A Vermont gubernatorial candidate is taking down a 60-foot by 24-foot screen she built to block her view of her neighbor’s home.
Ruth Dwyer has agreed to remove the structure by Nov. 1 as part of a settlement filed earlier this month. Dwyer will face a $200 fine for each day the screen remains up if she doesn’t remove it by that date.
Dwyer has said one of her horses was startled by a child on the neighbor’s driveway, prompting her to plant trees to block the view. She had the temporary screen installed while they grow. She didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.
Thetford officials said it violates zoning rules and began assessing fees of $200 per day in March.
Dwyer unsuccessfully ran for governor twice.
— Compiled from wire service reports