Manning likely sentenced soon
FORT MEADE, Md. -- The enormous leak of classified information engineered by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was "heedless" and "imminently dangerous to others," a military judge said Friday in a document explaining why she found him guilty of 20 counts, including six violations of the federal Espionage Act.
Army Col. Denise Lind released her legal rationale, or "special findings," as the sentencing phase of Pvt. Manning's court-martial neared its end. Lawyers will make closing arguments Monday, and Col. Lind said she would announce the sentence as soon as Tuesday.
Pvt. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for sending more than 700,000 military and diplomatic documents, plus some battlefield video, to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. WikiLeaks published most of the material on its website.
King Memorial repaired
WASHINGTON -- Repairs to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial have been completed, erasing doubts about whether the site would be ready for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech Aug. 28.
The memorial's sculptor, Lei Yixin, was applying the finishing sealant Friday to an area of the statue of King where a controversial inscription was recently removed, said a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, which maintains the memorial. The statue's scaffolding will be removed this morning.
White House goes solar
WASHINGTON -- Jimmy Carter first put them on in 1979.
Ronald Reagan called them a joke and had them removed in 1986.
And this week, nearly three years after promising to restore them as a sign of the administration's commitment to renewable energy, President Barack Obama is reinstalling solar panels on the White House roof.
The project is "a part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building," according to a White House official, who asked not to be identified.
Cockfighting ring indicted
SEATTLE -- A woman described as a princess in the Romanian royal family was arrested in Oregon as part of a sweep of a cockfighting ring that allegedly held "derbies" staged by her and her husband at their ranch, federal prosecutors said.
Irina Walker, 60, and her husband, John Wesley Walker, 67, were among 18 people indicted and arrested Thursday in Oregon and Washington on charges connected to cockfighting as well as operating an illegal gambling operation, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The Swiss-born Irina Walker is the middle daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania, the fifth in line to the throne, the Oregonian newspaper reported. The royal family still owns four castles in the former Soviet-bloc country. Her father abdicated the throne in 1947; the country is now run by democratically elected officials.
Calif. mulls penalty changes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering reducing penalties for minor drug offenses as the Obama administration said it is taking a similar approach with federal sentences.
A measure before the state legislature would allow prosecutors to treat the cases as misdemeanors instead of felonies. That would reduce the amount of time convicts would spend behind bars and may help ease state prison crowding.
The issue received national attention this week as U.S Attorney General Eric Holder ordered changes to what he described as "draconian" mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders. That's part of a shift in crime policy in U.S. states that seeks to reduce the number of people incarcerated. More than 1.5 million people were held in federal and state facilities in 2012.
4 wounded in bear attacks
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- A couple of violent encounters with grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park have left four people wounded.
In the first incident, a sow grizzly lunged at a group of four hikers in Yellowstone after a grizzly cub met them on a trail Thursday morning, the National Park Service said.
Roughly 70 miles away, in a valley near Island Park, Idaho, two Bureau of Land Management contract workers doing a forest health assessment were attacked by a grizzly bear Thursday, Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski said.
One man required stitches for bite wounds on his thigh and buttocks. Another suffered bite wounds on his hand while he tried to use bear spray.
-- Compiled from news services