Miller ends legal fight for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska

Miller is ending legal fight for U.S. Senate seat

Republican Joe Miller is ending his fight over Alaska's U.S. Senate seat, conceding the race to his bitter rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller's decision, announced Friday at a news conference in Anchorage, comes a day after the state certified Murkowski as the winner. Miller had the option of appealing a federal judge's ruling or lodging a formal contest to the election results. Miller said he is right about the law, but it was "very unlikely" an appeals court would side with him and he had to accept "practical realities."

WEYERS CAVE, Va.

Plane, helicopter collide; 2 killed

Federal Aviation Administration officials said a small plane collided with a medical helicopter in the air in rural western Virginia on Friday, killing two people on the plane. FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the collision occurred about 2:30 p.m. a half mile north of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave. The two people killed were aboard a Cessna 172 plane. The names of the victims weren't immediately released.

RICHMOND, Va.

Man sheds clothes in airport protest

Police at Richmond International Airport said a man stripped to his underwear at a checkpoint to protest security procedures. Aaron Tobey, 21, of Charlottesville, Va., took off his shirt and pants, and across his chest he had scrawled a reference to the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Tobey, a student at the University of Cincinnati, was interviewed by airport police, issued a citation for disorderly conduct and released. He is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 10.

ABUJA, Nigeria

Bomb explodes at army barracks

A bomb blast tore through a beer garden at a Nigerian army barracks where revelers had gathered to celebrate New Year's Eve, witnesses said, and state-run television reported Friday that 30 people died, though police immediately disputed that. A local police spokesman said the blast occurred about 7:30 p.m. Friday in Abuja, the capital of Africa's most populous nation.

MOSCOW

Protesters arrested at anti-Putin rallies

Moscow police detained 68 people during anti-Kremlin protests Friday, and 50 others were detained at a similar protest in St. Petersburg. In Moscow, an opposition group had city permission to hold a rally on one corner of a central square and it took place peacefully. The protesters demanded that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin step down and called for the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oil tycoon whose prison sentence was extended Thursday.

Elsewhere

Tehran, Iran: Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi said Friday it was only a matter of time before opposition leaders are put on trial for the unrest following the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Sydney: Japanese whalers shot water cannons at anti-whaling activists today, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society claimed, hours after the group tracked down the whaling fleet in the remote and icy seas off Antarctica.

Cairo: Floodwaters swept a bus packed with 77 schoolgirls and their teachers off a highway, resulting in the death of 15 people, police said Friday.

Times wires

Miller ends legal fight for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat 12/31/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 9:28pm]

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