From the Wall Street Journal, on the Coast Guard's rescue of two men stranded on an offshore oil platform:
Customs officials have arrested a man they say tried to smuggle 8 pounds of heroin in his luggage on a flight from Guatemala City to Newark Liberty International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers arrested Guatemalan citizen Jose Arevalo on Oct. 31 after he was selected for routine baggage inspection. Inspectors say they found an unusually thick supportive backing on bags Arevalo was carrying, as well as false compartments in his luggage that contained a brown powder-like substance.
Authorities say the substance tested positive for heroin and has an estimated street value of nearly $370,000.
Two Chevron Corp. employees were rescued from an offshore oil platform 80 miles south of New Orleans on Monday after the facility was damaged because of Hurricane Ida, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The workers called for help because they were worried that their living quarters "could fall into" the waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry, a spokesman for the Coast Guard.
A walkway that connects crew members' living area to the rest of the platform was damaged by a wayward lift boat, stranding the two men, O'Berry said. A video shot by the Coast Guard shows rescuers hoisting the men into a helicopter in 28 mile-per-hour winds and choppy waters.
"It's a good thing we got the call when we did," Lt. Marc Lanore, a pilot at Air Station New Orleans who flew the helicopter during the rescue mission, said in a news release. "If it were any later, we may not have been able to perform the rescue because of the effects of Hurricane Ida."
From the Austin American Statesman, on DHS's efforts to eliminate human trafficking:
The Department of Homeland Security agency charged with investigating cases of modern-day slavery is enlisting the public's help to root out those involved.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants people to take action if they encounter possible victims of human trafficking and call its tip line anonymously at 866-347-2423 (866-DHS-2-ICE). It is part of a public service campaign called Hidden in Plain Sight, unveiled last week to draw attention to the plight of thousands of human trafficking victims in the United States.
According to the State Department, as many as 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked around the world each year, as many as 17,000 in the United States. Lured with false promises of well-paying jobs, victims are forced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor, or other types of work.
10 AM EST
Erroll Southers will participate in a hearing considering his nomination to be Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
2 PM EST Bruce McConnell, Counselor to National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Deputy Under Secretary Philip Reitinger, will deliver remarks about balancing privacy and civil liberties protection with effective national cybersecurity via a live webcast entitled, “A Perspective on National Strategy for Identity Management and Cyber Security.”