Ex-astronaut nowak kicked out of the navy
A former astronaut banished from NASA after she attacked a romantic rival has been kicked out of the Navy. Top Navy brass said Thursday that Lisa Nowak will be forced to retire with an "other than honorable" discharge. Nowak was accused of confronting a woman at the Orlando airport in 2007. She had diapers in the car with her at the time, but Nowak disputes whether she wore them. Nowak was sentenced in 2009 to a year of probation in the attack after pleading guilty to burglary charges.
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Firefighters to get $2M in damages
A group of white firefighters who won a reverse discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 has been awarded about $2 million in damages from the city of New Haven, ending a seven-year legal battle that fueled a national debate over racial justice, officials said Thursday.
Judge throws out atheists' lawsuit
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Texas Gov. Rick Perry by a national group of atheists seeking to block his participation in and promotion of a Christian-centered prayer rally next weekend.
Polygamist leader silent in court
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs threw his child sexual assault trial in San Angelo, Texas, into disarray Thursday when he fired his defense lawyers and demanded the right to represent himself, which the judge then granted. Jeffs declined to give an opening statement and remained seated and silent while the prosecution presented its case.
Air pollution from drilling is targeted
The federal government is proposing for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing. The proposal, issued Thursday to meet a court deadline, addresses air pollution problems reported in the midst of a natural gas drilling boom in such states as Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado.
Brothers accused of attacking pilot
Two brothers were arrested Thursday after being accused of striking a pilot and a flight attendant onboard an American Airlines plane that was on the ground at Miami International Airport.
Woman charged over flight threats
Prosecutors say a psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a California woman who was arrested Wednesday at Philadelphia International Airport after she threatened the flight crew and passengers, saying she would blow up the plane, during a flight arriving from London.