Sandy dumped 11B gallons of sewage in waterways

Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That’s according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that’s equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high with sewage. Most of the overflow was due to storm-surge flooding that inundated sewage treatment facilities. The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey. Continue Reading

Techel Murder Trial Moved to Henry County

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The second murder trial for Seth Techel is scheduled to begin on Aug. 12. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the trial will be held in Mount Pleasant instead of in Ottumwa. Prosecution and defense lawyers supported moving the trial because of extensive coverage of the case. Mount Pleasant is 38 miles from Ottumwa. Continue Reading

U-S Wages Up in First Quarter; Benefits Not So Much

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ wages increased at a faster rate from January through March than the previous quarter, a trend that helped boost economic growth. But their benefits barely grew.  

The Labor Department says an index that measures wages and benefits rose 0.3 percent during the first quarter. That’s down from a 0.4 percent gain in the October-December quarter and the smallest gain in a year. Wages and salaries rose 0.5 percent, up from the 0.3 percent gain in the previous quarter. Continue Reading

Vegas-Based Company Launches U-S On-Line Poker

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-based company says it’s launching the first legal, real-money poker website in the United States.  

Ultimate Gaming will only accept wagers from players in Nevada for now, but the site likely represents the shape of things to come for gamblers across the country. Internet poker has been banned in the United States since 2011. Continue Reading

Baby girl found on Oahu beach, authorities say

Authorities are investigating why a baby girl was found abandoned on a Hawaii beach hours after birth. State Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman says the newborn was abandoned immediately after birth. Police say a woman parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and midnight heard several people screaming. A few minutes later the screaming stopped and the woman heard a baby crying. She walked toward the ocean and saw an infant on the sand. Continue Reading

Plane crashes, a second belly lands in southern California

A small airplane crashed in mountainous terrain in Southern California on Monday, about the same time a second plane made an emergency landing on a nearby golf course. Three people onboard the plane that landed on its belly on the golf course in Westlake Village had minor injuries, while rescuers searched a rugged ridgeline for survivors from the crash. The emergency landing and the crash “appear to be connected,” said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He could not provide further details. Firefighters responding to a report of a small wildfire spotted aircraft debris on the charred site. Continue Reading

Pa. sheriff heading to trial on threat charges

A judge says a western Pennsylvania sheriff accused of threatening to cut a political campaign worker’s hands off and shoot an online news reporter should go to trial. Judge Michael L. Gerheim heard nearly five hours of testimony Monday before agreeing most of the 11 charges against Beaver County Sheriff George David should go to trial. A grand jury report says David delivered expletive-fueled rants and uttered a racial slur to his victims. It says he threatened to cut off and eat a campaign volunteer’s hands. David denies the charges and remains in office because county officials are powerless to remove him and state legislators haven’t tried to. He was arrested last month on charges including terroristic threats, witness intimidation and obstructing an investigation. Continue Reading

Lawyers hint at possible insanity plea for Holmes

Attorneys for the Colorado theater shooting suspect suggest in a court filing that they might be considering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity over their client’s objections. The lawyers dropped that hint in papers filed on Monday. Legal experts think James Holmes’ best chance of avoiding execution would be through an insanity defense. But defense lawyers said they can’t advise Holmes to enter that plea because of unresolved legal issues that need to be settled by the judge. They did note that state law allows an insanity plea to be entered over a defendant’s objection but did not say they would go that route. Continue Reading