By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A man charged with wounding two officers outside the police headquarters of Ferguson, Missouri, earlier in March told an informant he fired shots that night but was not aiming at police, according to court documents released on Tuesday. The suspect, Jeffrey Williams, 20, told the informant he had fired shots at "unknown individual(s)" in the vicinity of a protest rally where the officers were shot and still possessed the handgun, an affidavit attached to a search warrant said. Williams' attorney, Jerryl Christmas, said on Tuesday he believes police have the wrong person, despite what is said in the affidavit, which supported a search of Williams' house. The informant, who was outfitted with an audio and video recording device, picked Williams up at his house and drove him around St. Louis County, talking about the shooting.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90-minute oral argument on whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cost of compliance when deciding whether to regulate the pollutants. Industry groups and some states appealed after an appeals court upheld the regulation in June 2014. Among companies opposing the rule are Peabody Energy Corp, the nation’s largest coal producer.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the drowning death of one of them 12 years ago.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday in Las Vegas to a reduced felony attempted sex assault charge, in the third part of a four-state plea deal that prosecutors say will put him in federal prison for about nine years.