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A United Express plane drives by the American Air Lines hub at Los Angeles International Airport in April 2021. Photo: DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

A man attempted to breach the cockpit of a SkyWest Airlines flight late Friday at LAX as the plane was taxiing on the runway. After failing, he managed to open an emergency exit door and left via the inflatable slide, a local NBC affiliate reported

The state of play: SkyWest officials said that no passengers suffered injuries. Following the incident, the plane returned to the gate area. The man was apprehended on the taxiway, he was treated for his injuries and taken to a hospital, per NBC. 

  • The FBI is investigating the event as a possible hijacking attempt, CBS 8 notes.
  • The SkyWest flight was operating in a United Express jet.

What they’re saying: While the man tried to open the cockpit doors, the pilot asked air traffic control to “call law enforcement because we are going to head back to the gate,” per a recording obtained by ABC 7.

  • The pilot then said the man “may have blown one of our slides,” and added that the passenger had jumped out of the aircraft.

The big picture: The incident follows another security breach at LAX. On Thursday, a man was taken into police custody after driving a car onto the runway, leading to a police chase while planes were landing and taking off, according to CBS Los Angeles.

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Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

School enrollment fell by almost 3 million from 2019 to 2020

Kindergarten student Natalia Bayoumi holds the hand of her father Amir Bayoumi as he walks to the front door of Normont Elementary School in Harbor City, CA. Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The number of individuals enrolled in the U.S. education system dropped by 2.9 million from 2019 to 2020, according to new data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Why it matters: This marks the lowest level of school enrollment for those under 35 years-old in over 20 years, per the Census Bureau.