WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — It's tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Goldstein, the bearded, bird-flipping publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organized religion and anything that even suggested good taste, died Thursday, according to a friend. He was 77.
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Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control group founded and financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced on Thursday it will merge with another gun control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Mayors Against Illegal Guns was formed in 2006 as the brainchild of Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, both of whom will leave office at the end of the year. They argued that mayors were uniquely sensitive to gun violence as it often falls to them to comfort the families of slain police officers. Moms Demand Action launched a year ago, following the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Thursday, rejecting a self-defense argument for the killer's "bad choice."
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — United Methodist church officials defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday who violated religious doctrine by officiating his son's gay wedding and then, after being suspended, defiantly refused to resign.
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. military tribunal judge on Thursday called a temporary halt to hearings for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks to allow time to evaluate the sanity of a suspect whose disruptive outbursts have caused him to repeatedly be removed from the courtroom. That suspect, 41-year-old Yemeni Ramzi Binalshibh, was ordered out of the proceedings on Tuesday and Wednesday for shouting about "torture" and a "secret CIA prison." U.S. Army Colonel Judge James Pohl said he planned to convene a military sanity board to assess whether Binalshibh's mental health is adequate for him to participate in his own legal defense. "Until this is completed, there will be no further open hearings in this case," Pohl said in a hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, which was viewed by Reuters in a closed-circuit broadcast at the Fort Meade, Maryland, army base. James Harrington, civilian attorney for Binalshibh, said: "We agree that the proceedings have to stop, or abate, until this is determined." Binalshibh is accused of wiring money to 9/11 hijackers and passing information to key al-Qaeda operatives.
MOSCOW (AP) — Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia's formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.
Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan will run most of the city's day-to-day business and emergency manager Kevyn Orr will focus on the city's emergence from bankruptcy as part of a power-sharing arrangement the two men announced Thursday. The deal marks a departure from the circumstance under outgoing Mayor Dave Bing, whose powers were greatly constrained after Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, appointed Orr as Detroit's emergency manager in March. Michigan's emergency manager law gives Orr wide latitude to make decisions about city operations, and Bing felt that Orr gave him little room to act.