(Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, in a court order on Tuesday, rescheduled the suspended Democratic lawmaker's trial to May 19 from Sept. 16, finding that not pushing the case back would deny Calderon's lawyers the time they need to prepare their defense. Calderon is one of three California state senators, along with Democrats Roderick Wright and Leland Yee, who were suspended over ethics charges, costing their party a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in the Senate during an election year. Calderon, who has been in the California Senate for 12 years and who had served four years in the state Assembly, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with taking some $100,000 in cash bribes, along with plane trips, golf outings and jobs for his children, in exchange for influencing legislation.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A foreign government is paying for the criminal defense of alleged senior al Qaeda militant Anas al-Liby, his defense lawyer told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. Al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih al-Ragye, was captured in October in Libya by U.S. forces and brought to the United States to face terrorism charges in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. It was not immediately clear whether the government is Libya, which condemned the seizure as an unauthorized operation within its borders. Al-Liby’s lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, declined to disclose the identity of the governmental “entity” covering his fees during the court hearing in New York federal court.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.
A teenager from Plainfield, Indiana, who was trying to fly around the world in 30 days, is dead and his father is missing after their small plane crashed on Tuesday night near American Samoa, an official told Reuters on Wednesday. Haris Suleman, 17, and his father Babar were attempting a flight around the globe in a single-engine plane to raise funds for schools in Pakistan, according to a website where followers could track their progress. The airplane took off at 9:58 p.m. local time on Tuesday and crashed in the ocean at 10:15 p.m. in good weather, said Iuniasolua Savusa, director of Homeland Security for American Samoa.
BOSTON (AP) — A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombings told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was the bomber," according to court documents.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now the commission's scrapped probes, which included hundreds of emails, subpoenas and internal documents from politicians and state agencies, are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the Times said.
By Jeff Mason SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move. The team, made up of officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, departed on Tuesday and will be on the ground through Thursday. The White House had previously resisted calls from Republicans to deploy the National Guard to fight the onslaught of migrants from Central America because most of the unaccompanied minors and others making the crossing were turning themselves in voluntarily.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — In some spots, the train tracks rise 40 feet above some of Virginia's priciest real estate, held aloft by massive concrete trestles. In one tiny stretch, the tracks dive underground through the heart of Tysons Corner, northern Virginia's commercial hub.