- - Sunday, June 20, 2010


Accused professor attempts suicide

MONTGOMERY | A person with knowledge of the case told the Associated Press that the biology professor charged with killing three Alabama university colleagues has attempted suicide in jail.

The person said Amy Bishop tried to kill herself Friday morning, but survived and has been returned to a cell at the Huntsville jail after treatment at a hospital.

Mrs. Bishop’s husband, Jim Anderson, told the AP he has been kept in the dark and that authorities have not returned his calls. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office cited the gag order in refusing comment when contacted by AP.


Second forest fire forces evacuations

FLAGSTAFF | Fire officials say a second wildfire is forcing evacuations in neighborhoods north of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Coconino County authorities say the Timberline Estates, Wupatki Trails and the Fernwood neighborhood are being evacuated. Fire information officials could not immediately say how many people were being asked to leave their homes.

Coconino National Forest spokeswoman Karen Malis-Clark says the blaze was spotted Sunday afternoon on the north end of Shultz Pass, between the San Francisco Peaks and Mount Elden. She says the fire is torching treetops and sending up an impressive column of smoke. “Hot-shot” crews, helicopters and air tankers are fighting the flames.


Protesters picket Israeli ship

OAKLAND | Hundreds of protesters condemning Israel’s recent raid on an international flotilla bound for Gaza are picketing at the Port of Oakland, where an Israeli ship is due to arrive.

The demonstrators gathered Sunday to prevent the incoming ship from being unloaded. The dock’s day shift of longshoremen agreed not to cross the picket line.

Meanwhile Sunday, Israel said it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Israeli officials had decided last week to ease the blockade under intense international pressure after the raid that killed nine people.

Oakland police say there were no arrests Sunday.


SEAL honored with Navy destroyer

BATH | The U.S. Navy authenticated the keel for a warship named after a fallen Navy SEAL at a shipyard in Maine, the Navy announced.

The Navy laid the keel for the future USS Michael Murphy at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath. The ship, the 62nd ship in the DDG-51 class, is a multimission vessel designed to respond to a variety of threats with its Aegis Combat System.

Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in support of combat operations in Afghanistan in June 2005.

The U.S. Navy said Murphy and his four-man team came under enemy fire near Asadabad, Afghanistan. He took repeated enemy fire when he left his cover position in order to relay unit location and call in support to his headquarters. He later returned to cover and died while engaging insurgent forces.


Lennon lyrics fetch $1.2 million at auction

NEW YORK | John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the final song on the classic Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” were purchased by an American collector on Friday for $1.2 million.

The winning bid for “A Day in the Life” was placed by phone at Sotheby’s auction house, which declined to identify the collector further. The price exceeded the pre-sale estimate of between $500,000 and $800,000.

The double-sided sheet of paper features Lennon’s edits and corrections in his own hand.


Firing squad executes killer

SALT LAKE CITY | A firing squad fatally shot a convicted killer last week in the third U.S. execution by that means since 1976.

Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. local time after being shot in the chest by a five-man firing squad at the Utah State Prison in Draper, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

Gardner was condemned to die for the 1985 courthouse shooting of lawyer Michael Burdell during an escape attempt. Gardner had been in court to face a charge of murdering a bartender.

He chose the firing squad as his means of execution before it was banned by the state and replaced by lethal injection. His last hope for a reprieve was dashed when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his 11th-hour appeal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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