- - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ARKANSAS

Doctor convicted in bomb attack

LITTLE ROCK | An Arkansas doctor accused of seeking revenge on a state medical board that repeatedly disciplined him was found guilty Monday of masterminding a homemade bomb attack that disfigured and partially blinded the board’s chairman.

A federal jury deliberated for a little more than two days before convicting Randeep Mann, 52, of using a weapon of mass destruction and destroying a vehicle with an explosive in the February 2009 attack that nearly killed Dr. Trent Pierce.

Mann, a federal firearms dealer, also was convicted of illegally possessing 98 grenades and a machine gun. He was acquitted of illegally possessing a shotgun.

He faces up to life in prison for the weapon-of-mass-destruction charge when he is sentenced at a later date.

CALIFORNIA

Bell officials subpoenaed over pay records

LOS ANGELES | California’s attorney general subpoenaed nine current and past Bell, Calif., city officials Monday, ordering them to turn over their financial records and undergo questioning under oath in a widening investigation into a salary scandal.

“When city employees of a tiny suburb of L.A. make as much as or nearly double the salary of the president of the United States, things are out of control,” Attorney General Jerry Brown said.

Mr. Brown’s office ordered the officials to turn over records related to their pay and pension benefits, gifts they received or gave, tax returns, bank accounts and outside business interests.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Nearly 400,000 Hondas recalled

Honda Motor Co. is recalling the popular Accord and Civic passenger cars to address problems with an ignition switch that could allow the key to be removed without the transmission being shifted into park, its third recall over the problem since 2003.

Honda said the most recent recall involved 384,220 vehicles and includes 2003 model year Accord and Civics and 2003-2004 versions of the Honda Element. Honda told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the defect with the automatic transmissions could lead to a vehicle rolling away and increase the risk of a crash.

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