Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said Wednesday, the largest such spill since the state's current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than previous record spills. Two creeks have been affected, but the full environmental effect might not be clear for months.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 41-year-old man convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993, a prison officials said. Arnold Prieto died at 6:31 p.m. CST at the state's prison death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a lethal injection, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was the 519th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Prieto and two other men went to the home of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, and his wife, Virginia, 62, who cooked the visitors breakfast.
U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson's divorce saga took another twist this week when his wife requested a court delay to seek emergency medical attention for leaky breast implants, according to court records. A trial in the Grayson divorce had been scheduled for Thursday, until chest pains sent Lolita Grayson to the hospital over the weekend, her attorney wrote in an emergency motion to continue the trial. The pain was "due to her breast implants leaking and a large amount of scar tissue in the chest area," said attorney Mercedes Wechsler in the filing, noting that emergency surgery was scheduled. Lolita Grayson filed for divorce last year, calling their marriage broken.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former New Mexico sheriff to 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.