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Drunken Passenger Causes Hijacking Scare on Virgin Australia Flight


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALI, Indonesia) -- A drunk passenger tried to break into the cockpit of a Virgin Australia flight on Friday, causing a hijack scare, an airline official said. The passenger was arrested for creating a disturbance after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.

The BBC News reports that police said the passenger attempted to enter the cockpit and take over the plane.

Initially, the Indonesian Air Force said the Boeing 737 from Brisbane was believed to have been hijacked.

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Woman Says Gym Kicked Her Out for Baby Bump


moodboard/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A pregnant Charleston woman claims she was kicked out of a Planet Fitness gym Monday because her baby bump was showing.

Melissa Mantor, who was working out on a treadmill at the time of the incident, said an employee asked her to leave because her "belly was hanging out," according to ABC affiliate WCIV.

The employee told Mantor, who is 18 weeks pregnant, that she was unable to continue her workout because she was violating the gym's dress code, which bans string tank tops.

Mantor said she has previously frequented the Planet Fitness location in the attire, and even had her photo taken for membership in a similar top.

"I was very confused," she told WCIV. "She continued telling that my belly was hanging out and I need to get it covered up. I told her at that time, 'Of course my belly is hanging out, I am pregnant.'"

The employee handed her a large T-shirt, Mantor added.

A statement from McCall Gosselin, director of public relations for Planet Fitness, explained the particular location had a "stated policy that prohibited bare midriffs."

"In this instance, a staff member approached the member to inform her of the policy and offer her a free T-shirt to complete her workout. She was not asked to leave the gym as a result of her attire."

The company's policy states that managers can use their discretion when it comes to clothing they believe is "either inappropriate, offensive, or will cause safety concerns."

Mantor has since cancelled her membership.

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New Car Sales Show Growth


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New vehicle sales are on pace to have their best April since 2005, according to a monthly forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive released Thursday.

Nearly one-third of young car buyers, those 35 years old and under, are opting for longer financing deals of 72 months or more, said J.D. Power's John Humphrey. The weather is cited as a contributing factor, with related issues decreasing demand in the first quarter of the year through March.

"People are out in dealerships more, so a lot of that demand that was somewhat suppresed due to weather has come back and benefited the April number," Humphrey said.

Total light-vehicle sales in April are expected to reach 1.4 million units, a 4-percent increase from April 2013. The forecast for total light-vehicles for the year remains at 16.1 million units.

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GOP Senators Express 'Grave Concerns' Over Pending Immigration Review


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Republican senators wrote a letter to President Obama on Thursday expressing "grave concerns" over the Department of Homeland Security's upcoming immigration review.

In the note, they accuse Obama of "astonishing" disregard for the Constitution and say the changes under consideration "represent a near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement."

"Clearly, the urgent task facing your administration is to improve immigration enforcement, not to look for new ways to weaken it," the letter reads.

The 22 senators go on to say that the Obama administration issued policy directives "incrementally nullifying" immigration enforcement in the U.S, "to the point that unless individuals in the country illegally are apprehended, tried, and convicted for a felony or other serious offense, they are free to live and work in the country."

The three-page letter included signatures from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top GOP senator on the Judiciary Committee.

The president ordered a review of deportation policy after criticisms from immigration activists. Some Democrats and supporters argue deportations from the administration are tearing families apart, while others feel current policies allow the occurrences of preventable crimes.

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Phelps Comes in 2nd in First Final Since Comeback


CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages(MESA, Ariz.) -- Michael Phelps finished in second place in his first final of his comeback since ending his 20-month retirement.

In his first competition since the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps lost to Ryan Lochte Thursday in the 100-meter butterfly final at Arena Grad Prix.

Lochte finished with a time of 51.93 seconds while Phelps clocked in at 52.13.

Phelps actually qualified earlier in the day with the fastest time, finishing in 52.84 seconds.

"I felt like a summer league swimmer today," Phelps said. "I felt like I should have my heat and lane written on my hand so I didn't forget it."

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Seth Meyers to Host 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards


Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Seth Meyers has been tapped to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards this summer on NBC.

Meyers, who succeeded Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night two months ago, will emcee the Emmys live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday, August 25.

Paul Telegdy, the president of late night and alternative programming for NBC Entertainment, said in a statement, "Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys."

Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum adds, "Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards."

Meyers previously hosted the 2010 and 2011 editions of ESPN's ESPY Awards, as well as the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 2013 Emmy Awards, which aired on CBS.

The 2014 ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast, will be held on a Monday to avoid a conflict with NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage.

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American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Report of Smoke


iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Tampa on Thursday after reports of a smoke smell in the cockpit.

Flight 3454 from Tallahassee was on its way to Miami and had already been delayed for more than two hours, passengers said. Three crew members and 46 passengers were on board. All de-planed safely, according to Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Janet Zink.

Fire trucks and emergency medical services were already on scene upon landing.

Passenger Ann Herberger told ABC News that while she did not smell smoke, her colleague on the plane did.

"The flight attendant was a little freaked out so that kind of freaked everybody else for about seven minutes on the flight," Herberger said.

She added that she was a little shaken up by the incident.

"I looked like I've had 15 hot flashes so I'm going to take a bath, and brush my teeth and go to bed and get on a 7 a.m. flight to Miami tomorrow."

The airlines is accommodating passengers with hotel rooms and meal vouchers, as well as re-booking their travels.

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