- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2011


No convictions in state gambling trial

MONTGOMERY | Jurors have acquitted or failed to reach a verdict on all the charges against the nine defendants in Alabama’s gambling trial.

VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor was found not guilty of one count of bribery and two counts of honest services fraud. The jury failed to reach a verdict on his other charges, and a mistrial was declared on them.

The defendants were charged with using millions in campaign contribution and other money to buy and sell votes for pro-gambling legislation. They were charged in a 37-count indictment, with most counts listing multiple defendants.

The federal investigation grew out of three Republican legislators telling the FBI that they had been offered campaign contributions if they would support legislation designed to keep electronic bingo games operating in Alabama.


Coast Guard: Fighter jet crew rescued in waters

SAN DIEGO | Two Marines who ejected from their crashing jet fighter spent more than four hours in the Pacific Ocean before they were plucked from the water early Thursday.

The men were in serious but stable condition at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Their names and details of their injuries were not released.

The two were aboard an F/A-18 Hornet that went down while flying with another jet that reported it missing around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday and noted debris in the water.

The Navy and U.S. Coast Guard began an air and sea search that included dropping a flare to illuminate the area.

Before dawn Thursday, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Edisto heard the Marines yelling for help and blowing a rescue whistle about 35 miles off the coast and about 85 miles southwest of San Diego.

A helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer, who plucked the Marines from the water about 2:30 a.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy said.

It was unclear what survival gear the Marines might have had, and what conditions they faced in the water. The jet was not recovered.

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