Atlanta, Ga.- A suspicious package caused a brief evacuation of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on March 23, a day after the deadly suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Brussels. The site was quickly cleared and operations resumed shortly after the evacuation.
San Diego, Calif.- A gunman was reported to have been inside the U.S. Naval Medical Center on March 24, but no shots were fired. A security alert was issued in response to the gunman. A caller to the hospital reported seeing an unidentified man with a firearm on the fourth floor of the facility’s west wing.
Boston, Mass.- After a 15-month investigation into the alleged Lenox Street Cardinals gang, who traffic cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and guns through Boston neighborhoods, 27 gang members face drug and gun charges following a morning series of raids on March 24.
Indiana- Indiana’s Republican-led legislature is in the process of passing a bill that would ban abortion if the expecting mother is seeking the procedure because the fetus has been diagnosed with certain disabilities, such as Down Syndrome. If the bill passes, Indiana will become the second U.S. state to prohibit these abortions, after North Dakota.
Winston-Salem, N.C.- North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed a law on March 23 that bans local governments in the state from enacting edicts to allow transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their gender identities.
Portland, Ore.- Biologists have found algae and an oyster on the Oregon shore that may be linked to the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 and killed nearly 20,000 people. The algae and oyster were found on a sea-ravaged boat that washed up on a state beach in Oregon on March 22.
Washington, D.C.- Despite a flight accident on March 20 that injured eight sailors who were working on the ship’s flight deck, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier has resumed flights of fixed-wing aircraft. Three sailors remain hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk Hospital.
Detroit, Mich.- An appropriations bill for a $48.7 million emergency spending package aimed at aiding Detroit’s public school system was approved by the Michigan Senate on March 24. The school system is sinking under $3.4 million in debt and its academic performance is among the worst in the U.S.