Breakfast Buzz: Airplane Hijacked in Egypt – 03/29/16

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Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority says an EgyptAir plane has been hijacked while flying from the coastal city of Alexandria to the capital. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

Authorities say most of the passengers on board a hijacked EgyptAir flight have been let go. Negotiations with the hijacker have resulted in the release of everyone except the crew of the aircraft and four foreigners. EgyptAir flight MS181 had at least 81 people on board when it was hijacked Tuesday, by a passenger claiming to have an explosive belt. The plane took off from Alexandria, Egypt and was headed to Cairo, but was forced to land in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Closer to home, the U.S. Capitol Complex was put on lockdown on Monday afternoon, after reports of gunshots. Police say 66-year-old Larry Russell Dawson walked through the metal detector at the Capitol Visitor Center and pointed a gun at officers. That’s when officers fired an “unknown number of shots,” injuring Dawson. Officials say Dawson is in custody and was taken to a local hospital where he’s in stable, but critical condition. Lawmakers were not on the grounds because they were in recess for the Easter holiday.

A Minnesota man invented a gun gadget that looks just like a cell phone. Kirk Kjellberg says he was sitting at a restaurant, when a small child called him out for having a gun. He invented the Ideal Conceal. It’s a cell-phone sized two-shot derringer-style gun. It has triggered a debate on social media. Most people are calling it “stupid,” and saying that it should be illegal. He says it’s not a security threat, and that he has been contacted by Homeland Security and is willing to provide law enforcement with x-rays of the weapon so they can train officers to recognize it. The Ideal Conceal isn’t on the market yet, but you can expect to see it on sale in October for $395.

The Federal Government is dropping its case against Apple, which ordered the company to help access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook. The Justice Department says it has successfully gained access to the iPhone. Investigators had previously gotten a court order that compelled Apple to write new software to disable passcode protection. Apple appealed that court order, but that’s no longer an issue. The government says it has asked a judge to vacate her order compelling Apple to assist.

KNWA is your local election headquarters. The three republican presidential candidates will have a Town Hall Tuesday night. CNN will host the Town Hall in Milwaukee ahead of the crucial Wisconsin primary election. Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich will all appear separately and answer questions from moderator Anderson Cooper and the crowd. Wisconsin voters will head to the polls on April 5.

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