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Judges fight over scheduling
MARSHALL — A scheduling conflict put two judges in the same courtroom, triggering a shouting match between them and causing a state trooper to intervene.
Witnesses said Judges Jerry Patterson and Rhonda K. Wood threatened to hold each other in contempt, but eventually agreed to take turns hearing small-claims matters and criminal cases. Neither had a full docket.
Glitch strands international flights
LOS ANGELES — Weary international passengers were stuck at Los Angeles International Airport for several hours, unable to set foot in the United States after a computer failure prevented customs officials from screening arrivals.
More than 20,000 international passengers, both Americans and foreigners, sat in four airport terminals and in 60 planes starting at about 2 p.m. Saturday, when the computer system broke down, said Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Paul Haney.
A major switch in the system, which contains names of arriving passengers and law-enforcement data about them, including arrest warrants, failed and had to be replaced, said Mike Fleming, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.
The computers were fully restored at 11:45 p.m., and the last backlogged passengers were processed by early yesterday, Mr. Fleming said.
Hurricane Flossie expected to weaken
HONOLULU — Hurricane Flossie packed 140 mph wind as it spun closer to Hawaii yesterday, but forecasters predicted that the Category 4 storm would weaken before passing by the islands later this week.
The hurricane was expected to pass about 70 miles south of Hawaii late tomorrow or early Wednesday, but by then cooler water should weaken it to a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.
At 11 a.m., Flossie was 810 miles east-southeast of Hilo and had maximum sustained wind near 140 mph with gusts reaching 165. It was traveling west at about 12 mph.