North Carolina

Pollard, spy for Israel, released from prison

Jonathan Pollard was released from prison after 30 years behind bars for spying for Israel, and his lawyers went to court to challenge tough parole conditions. The 61-year-old former Navy intelligence analyst was set free in Butner, N.C., after being paroled from a life sentence. He must wear a GPS unit at all times.

 

Washington

Green River killer transferred to Colorado

The head of Washington state’s Department of Corrections said that Green River serial killer Gary Ridgway was moved from a prison there to one in Colorado because he had been deemed a security threat who might harm the staff in Walla Walla. Ridgway, 66, had ample opportunity to study the cell, staff and prison routines and look for weaknesses, said Secretary Dan Pacholke.

 

Washington, D.C.

Capitol gyrocopter pilot pleads guilty

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds pleaded guilty. Douglas Hughes, 62, flew a gyrocopter from Gettysburg, Pa., to the Capitol on April 15, and was later charged with two felonies. He pleaded guilty to operating as a pilot without a license and faces up to three years in prison.

 

California

SpaceX wins deal to fly astronauts to ISS

SpaceX rockets are still grounded after a June failure, but the aerospace company got some good news Friday when NASA ordered a future flight that will take astronauts to the International Space Station. The announcement allows the company to continue work on a rocket that would be certified to fly humans.

 

New York

Chipotle E. coli outbreak hits 3 more states

An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has now infected people in six states. New cases have been reported in California, New York and Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. There have also been cases in Oregon, Washington and Minnesota. Investigators have yet to determine the specific ingredient linked to the illness.

 

China

28 people executed after attack on mine

Chinese authorities acknowledged that they had killed 28 people suspected of taking part in an attack on a coal mine in the country’s turbulent western frontier. Officials in Xinjiang said the people were terrorists who had helped orchestrate an attack on a coal mine in September, which they said killed 16 people.

 

New Zealand

7 believed dead in helicopter crash on glacier

All seven people aboard a helicopter that crashed on a glacier in New Zealand are believed to have been killed, police said. The wreckage was located inside a crevasse on Fox Glacier, but rescuers were unable to reach it due to the difficult terrain.

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