Pair admits to lying to FBI
ANCHORAGE — A National Weather Service employee and his British-born wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to domestic terrorism charges of lying to the FBI about a hit list of possible targets who the couple suspected were enemies of Islam.
Paul Rockwood Jr. and his wife, Nadia Rockwood, of King Salmon, Alaska, were charged with lying about the list and making false statements about domestic terrorism during interviews with FBI agents in May.
The FBI alleged that the list had about 15 targets. Its contents were not made public, but officials said none of those targeted lived in Alaska.
Under a plea deal, Rockwood, 35, who worked as a meteorological technician for the weather service, will get eight years in prison, the maximum allowed. His 36-year-old wife, who is five months pregnant, will be allowed to return to the United Kingdom and serve five years of probation there.
Six killed in bus crash
FRESNO — A Greyhound bus traveling to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California’s Central Valley early Thursday, killing six people and seriously injuring nine others.
The bus, carrying 36 people, struck an SUV that had overturned in front of it, slammed into a concrete center divider and clipped another vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. just outside downtown Fresno, California Highway Patrol Officer Axel Reyes said.
The bus went off the right shoulder of the highway and down a 15-foot embankment before hitting a eucalyptus tree and coming to rest on a freeway off-ramp with its front end smashed and tree branches jutting into the vehicle.
The six dead people included four women and two men. Three of the women were in the overturned SUV, according to officials. Nine people were taken to hospitals with moderate to critical injuries, Officer Reyes said.
15 U.S. deaths tied to fungus
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