NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
A Manhattan man tried to buy the biological toxin ricin from an undercover agent posing as a drug vendor on an online black marketplace, U.S. authorities said in criminal charges unsealed on Tuesday. The man, Cheng Le, has been in federal custody since he was arrested on Dec. 23, and is set to appear in federal court on Friday, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office. His lawyer Patrick Brackley said Le intends to plead not guilty.
By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area woman will be allowed access to about 10 percent of her $1.56 million trust fund to help pay for her defense on murder charges in the death of her mother at an Indonesian resort, an Illinois judge ruled on Tuesday. Heather Mack, 19, is accused of murdering her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, while on vacation at a luxury resort in Bali last August. Mack, who was charged alongside her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, says she is innocent. The trial starts in Bali this month and is expected to last four months.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A third outbreak of avian flu has been detected in Washington state, prompting agriculture officials on Tuesday to warn bird owners to keep their flocks away from migratory birds that have spread viruses from Oregon to British Columbia. "All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, need to continue practicing good biosecurity, preventing contact between their birds and wild birds and reporting sick birds or unusual bird deaths," said U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Joelle Hayden.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The lone survivor of a 1985 Reno airplane crash that killed 70 people who were returning from a Super Bowl junket says he can't bring himself to attend a memorial on the 30th anniversary of the disaster.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project — the first steps it's taken since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier.