Gore criticizes Obama on Climate
Former Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized President Barack Obama as lacking leadership on climate change in an essay published online Wednesday, saying his policies had been little more effective than those of President George W. Bush.
In the 7,000-word article in Rolling Stone, Gore said that Obama clearly understood the threat to the planet posed by global warming and that he had appointed a number of committed environmental advocates to key positions.
But Gore said that in the face of well-financed attacks from fossil fuel industries and denial and delay from Republicans in Congress, Obama had failed to act decisively to alter the nation's policies on climate change and energy.
Gore, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his climate advocacy, praised some of the president's actions, including new vehicle standards and investments in green technology.
Reservist is linked to DC-area shootings
A Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon last week was linked Wednesday to shootings last year at the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and several D.C.-area military recruitment stations. Ballistics evidence appears to link Yonathan Melaku, 22, to the shootings, the Associated Press said it was told by an official. Melaku, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ethiopia and a resident of Alexandria, Va., is being held without bail on unrelated larceny charges involving car break-ins. He has not been charged in last week's incident or the shootings.
Britain charges teen in attacks on websites
A teenager has been charged in connection with a recent spate of cyberattacks against websites belonging to the U.S. Senate, the CIA, Sony and law enforcement organizations in Atlanta and Connecticut, British police said Wednesday. Ryan Cleary, 19, was accused of five offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, including an attack that brought down the website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency. The attacks were attributed to hackers operating under the name of Lulz Security.
Quake hits Japan; tsunami fears ease
A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan early today in the same area where a quake triggered a deadly tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, but canceled it an hour later. The temblor struck the region of the Pacific where a magnitude-9.0 quake hit March 11, triggering a huge tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters.
Al Capone's gun goes for $110,000 at auction
A Colt .38 revolver once owned by New York-born mobster Alphonse "Al" Capone sold for nearly $110,000 Wednesday at an auction in London. The handgun was manufactured in 1929, the year of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven people were slain during clashes in Chicago between Capone's gang and a rival mob. Auctioneer Christie's said the gun was bought by an anonymous online bidder. Capone, who dominated the Chicago underworld during Prohibition until his 1931 arrest for tax evasion, died in 1947.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.: Wyoming has become the first state to begin using Google Apps for Government for its entire executive branch of government, allowing data and applications to be stored on remote servers and accessed over the Internet. The system, which went online in Wyoming on Monday, was formally unveiled Wednesday as Gov. Matt Mead cut a red data cable with scissors.
NEW YORK: A Lufthansa jet carrying 286 passengers was ordered to halt takeoff on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport when an EgyptAir pilot failed to stay behind a line 250 feet from the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.