- - Monday, August 13, 2012

JACKSON — A deadly riot at a prison for illegal immigrants in Mississippi was started by a group of Mexican inmates angry about what they considered poor food and medical care and disrespectful guards, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit.

One guard was killed and 20 people were injured in the May 20 riot at the privately run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, which holds illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the United States.

Correction officer Catlin Carithers was beaten to death during the riot, which officials have said involved as many as 300 inmates and left the prison badly damaged.

COLORADO

Gag order remains in theater shooting

DENVER — The judge in the deadly Colorado theater shooting case refused Monday to lift a gag order that prevents the University of Colorado from releasing information about former graduate student and suspect James Holmes.

The former Ph.D. student at the university is accused of going on a shooting rampage July 20 at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie in suburban Denver, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

PENNSYLVANIA

Officials cite malpractice in abortion clinic deaths

PHILADELPHIA — Prosecutors pursuing a Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies want the jury to hear evidence he allegedly ran a “pill mill” and let unskilled workers practice medicine, saying breaking the law was “standard operating procedure” for him.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s attorney hopes to keep any such evidence out of his March murder trial. Dr. Gosnell, 71, faces a second trial on federal drug charges, which allege he distributed painkillers like candy at his busy West Philadelphia clinic.

City prosecutors say the deaths were no accident, but the result of dangerous medical practices that went on for decades at his Women’s Medical Center.

CONNECTICUT

Warm seawater forces nuclear plant shutdown

HARTFORD | Connecticut’s nuclear-power plant shut down one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm.

Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down owing to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday.

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion does not have an estimate of when the unit will restart.

FLORIDA

Zimmerman attorney won’t use ‘stand-ground’ statute

ORLANDO — The attorney for the man who fatally shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he’ll seek to get the case dismissed using a traditional self-defense argument and not the state’s “stand your ground” statute.

Mark O’Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn’t retreat from a beating the teenager was giving him.

Mr. O’Mara said that he would not have to invoke any part of the “stand your ground” statute.

NEW YORK

JFK security is breached by man who swam ashore

NEW YORK — In an era when airline passengers can’t get past a checkpoint with a bottle of shampoo, security experts were shocked Monday by the case of a man who swam ashore, scaled a fence and walked dripping wet into John F. Kennedy International Airport despite a $100 million system of surveillance cameras and motion detectors.

Authorities said the trouble began Friday evening when 31-year-old Daniel Casillo’s personal watercraft ran out of fuel in Jamaica Bay. Mr. Casillo swam toward the bright lights of Kennedy’s runway 4L, which juts out into the bay, then climbed an 8-foot fence that is part of the airport’s state-of-the-art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, authorities said.

Soaking wet, wearing a bright yellow life jacket, Mr. Casillo made his way across two intersecting runways — an estimated distance of nearly two miles — before he was spotted on a terminal ramp by an airline employee, authorities said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports