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The threat was made while Flight 1184 was en route to Phoenix from Orange County, Southwest spokeswoman Ashley Dillon said. The plane was taken to an isolation pad after it landed in Phoenix.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task force worked with the Phoenix Police Department to screen the plane at Sky Harbor, FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said.

The threat prompted Southwest to cancel another flight, Flight 811, which had been scheduled to travel from Orange County to Phoenix, Ms. Dillon said. The flight was canceled before passengers boarded in Orange County, she said.

Local authorities screened and cleared the plane at John Wayne Airport.

Ms. Dillon said the threat wasn’t specific to either flight, but Southwest decided to screen the two planes. Ms. Dillon said she could not say who received the threat or exactly what the threat entailed

LOUISIANA

Coast Guard steps up inspections of towboats

NEW ORLEANS — A new round of inspections of towboats and tugs is starting in July as part of a nationwide push by the Coast Guard to improve the safety of the nation’s rivers and harbors.

Since a 2008 collision and oil spill near New Orleans involving an improperly licensed towboat captain, the Coast Guard has begun inspecting work boats across the nation.

So far, the Coast Guard says it has inspected 2,887 towing vessels that volunteered to be inspected in the 26 states that fall under the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, which is headquartered in New Orleans.

Starting on July 1, the agency says it will begin inspecting the rest of the towing fleet in the district.

Michael White, a Coast Guard towing vessel specialist, says the goal is 100 percent participation.

NEVADA

Teen pleads guilty in killing of classmate

ELKO — One of two teens accused in the March 2011 slaying of a Nevada classmate has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with a deadly weapon in a deal that will spare him the death penalty.

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