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   TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Libya's state news agency says Prime Minister Ali Zidan, abducted by gunmen at dawn, has now been freed.

   Government Spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told the agency, LANA, that Zidan has been "set free" and was on his way to his office on Thursday.

   The brief report gave no further information. Details were sketchy but it appeared Libyan forces had intervened in some way and that the abductors did not free Zidan voluntarily.

   Hours earlier, Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn from a Tripoli hotel where he resides.

   The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for the U.S. special forces' raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of the capital.d by an incident, even if it is a serious one," Zidan said at a press conference in Tripoli.

Ex-Patriot Hernandez due in court in murder case

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 04:16 Published in National News

   FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due back in a Massachusetts court for the first time since being arraigned on a murder charge.

   A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court.

   Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27 year old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder and five weapons-related charges last month. His attorneys agreed then that he continue to be held without bail but reserved the right to seek it later. The defense says the state will not be able to prove its case during a jury trial.

   Four others, including Hernandez's girlfriend and cousin, are facing charges in the case.

Audit: Struggling MidAmerica airport again posts loss

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:59 Published in Local News

   MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - A metro-east airport that has never turned a profit since opening with great fanfare 15 years ago continues to lose money.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports an audit shows the St. Clair County-owned MidAmerica St. Louis Airport last year suffered a $3.8 million loss. That's despite boosting revenue by $2.2 million from additional capital funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the state.

   The airport near Mascoutah got $5.6 million in county funds to subsidize its operations. That brings to $28.7 million the county has funneled into the airport over the past five years.

   J.W. Boyle & Co. auditors anticipate the county will continue to subsidize the airport "in the near future."

   MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and critics persistently have labeled it a $330 million boondoggle.

 

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