- - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CONNECTICUT

State AGs: Adult services should go

HARTFORD | State attorneys general nationwide are demanding that Craigslist remove its adult services section because they say the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Tuesday that he and colleagues in 16 states have sent a letter calling on the classified advertising site to get rid of its adult services category.

The attorneys general say Craigslist is not completely screening out ads that promote prostitution and child trafficking. The site creators pledged in 2008 to improve their policing efforts.

Other states joining the effort are Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

San Francisco-based Craigslist did not immediately return a call.

GEORGIA

Judge: Davis fails to prove innocence

SAVANNAH | A federal judge says Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis failed to prove his innocence after the U.S. Supreme Court gave him a rare chance to clear his name.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr.’s ruling Tuesday sets the stage for Georgia to resume plans for Davis’ execution nearly 20 years after a Savannah jury sentenced him to death for the slaying of off-duty Savannah police Officer Mark MacPhail.

In June, Judge Moore heard two days of testimony from witnesses who sought to cast doubt on Davis’ conviction. Some said they falsely incriminated Davis at his 1991 trial, either out of spite or under pressure from police. Others said they had heard another man confess to being Officer MacPhail’s killer.

Davis plans to appeal the ruling.

IDAHO

Crews battling against wildfire

BOISE | Crews are working to contain a southern Idaho wildfire that has burned more than 510 square miles, or an area larger than the city of Los Angeles.

Fire officials say the 327,000-acre Long Butte Fire is 10 percent contained, but crews expect to make gains Tuesday in controlling the blaze burning across rangeland about 90 miles southeast of Boise.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Barbara Bassler says there have been no injuries, but at least 10 ranch buildings have been destroyed.

The blaze was ignited by lightning Saturday night and grew quickly during high winds Sunday.

About 375 firefighters are battling the blaze, and more are expected to arrive Tuesday.

The Twin Falls County Commission passed a resolution declaring a disaster area to help farmers suffering crop or livestock losses.

KANSAS

Old chimp gives birth at zoo

MANHATTAN | A 56-year-old chimpanzee has surprised officials at a zoo in northeast Kansas by giving birth.

Officials at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan announced Monday that Suzie the chimp gave birth to a female on Aug. 18 and that the mother and baby are in good health.

Zoo director Scott Shoemaker says Suzie was taken off birth control because of medical concerns — and because zoo officials didn’t think she would get pregnant at her age.

Zoo curator Mark Ryan says he hasn’t heard of any older chimpanzee who has given birth anywhere in the country.

The Manhattan Mercury says Suzie is the third oldest chimpanzee among zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Chimpanzees in captivity usually live to about 60 years of age.

NEW MEXICO

Ranchers sue over wolf program

ALBUQUERQUE | Ranching groups and two southern New Mexico counties are suing over a program that’s reintroducing Mexican gray wolves into the wild in New Mexico and Arizona.

Their lawsuit alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Game and Fish have violated federal law by altering program rules without a new environmental review.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the changes until the agencies comply with the law.

It was filed by Americans for the Preservation of the Western Environment, the Adobe and Beaverhead ranches, rancher Alan Tackman, the Gila National Forest Livestock Permittees’ Association, and the Otero and Catron county commissions.

PENNSYLVANIA

Woman: Gin-soaked raisins to blame

EASTON | A Pennsylvania woman says she wasn’t raising a glass, just raisins.

Fifty-nine-year-old Judy Russo is accused of violating her probation by drinking and blames gin-soaked raisins she used to treat her arthritis.

A Northampton County judge sentenced Russo this month to time behind bars after she failed a urine test. Her attorney filed papers Monday saying she turned to boozy berries because conventional medication doesn’t work.

Attorney Jason Jenkins says his client has learned her lesson and asked that her sentence be reduced to probation or time served. Mr. Jenkins says Russo also has lung cancer.

She had been on probation after pleading no contest to a stalking charge.

WYOMING

Gay couple challenges law

CHEYENNE | A gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Wyoming law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman.

David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree of Cheyenne say the Laramie County Clerk’s Office has refused to issue them a marriage license. They’re asking U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson to stop the state from enforcing any laws that block gays from access to civil marriage.

Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg declined comment Tuesday, saying he hadn’t reviewed the lawsuit yet.

Mr. Shupe-Roderick and Mr. Dupree are acting as their own attorneys in the case.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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