IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Colorado woman was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging that she kidnapped her half sister's newborn from Wisconsin and left him behind an Iowa gas station in freezing weather.
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina state officials defended their oversight of coal ash ponds on Wednesday, a day after a second leak was found to be threatening a river already tainted by toxic sludge from a spill earlier this month. The state ordered Duke Energy Corp on Tuesday to plug the second leak of arsenic-laced wastewater into the Dan River from its decommissioned Eden power plant, this time through a 36-inch stormwater pipe. The state's Department of Natural Resources (DNER) said the leak had been 90 percent contained. The agency has come under fire for its handling of the state's coal ash ponds, which it concedes are contaminating groundwater as well as harming aquatic life.
DENVER (Reuters) - The man charged with mass murder for a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theater must submit to a second pretrial sanity examination because the first was incomplete and inadequate, a Colorado judge ruled on Wednesday. The second court-ordered exam will focus on James Holmes' state of mind at the time of the killings, not on his competency to stand trial, and on whether any mental illness precludes him from facing the death penalty if convicted. (Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Steve Gorman)
TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to reassure leaders of Mexico and Canada of his commitment to new trade agreements between Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, even as he faces political resistance in the U.S. from members of his own Democratic party.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ukrainians living in the United States and Canada reacted with tentative optimism Wednesday to news of a truce in the violence-torn country, while still shedding tears for their homeland and nervously wondering what will come next.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It's the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner.
By Bill Cotterell and David Adams TALLAHASSEE/MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - The split decision by a sharply divided jury in Florida's latest high-profile self-defense trial on Saturday is prompting renewed calls for a review of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law, while legal analysts try to make sense of the jury's decision. Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, was convicted on Saturday on three counts of attempted murder for opening fire on a car of black teenagers during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012. Civil rights groups and a handful of state legislators are urging a legal review of Florida's self-defense statute, saying it has created a license to kill for gun owners who hate or fear young black men. At the end of the day, if the race roles were reversed in both instances, there would be a full-on repeal," said state Senator Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat.
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy's body was discovered in a vacant lot in central New Mexico, and a teenage friend of the victim is being held on suspicion of murder, authorities said Wednesday.