Images show halt to work on launch pad
North Korea has stopped construction on a launch pad where intercontinental-range rockets could be tested, an interruption possibly due to heavy rains and that could stall completion up to two years, according to an analysis of new satellite imagery. Despite the setback, Pyongyang is refurbishing for possible use a pad at the same complex that has been used for rocket launches, according to the analysis of Aug. 29 images provided to the Associated Press by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, but experts don't believe it has yet mastered the technology needed to shrink a nuclear weapon so it can be mounted onto the tip of a long-range missile.
Court tosses Katrina ruling
A federal appeals court reversed itself Monday and threw out a judge's ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The same three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with plaintiffs this year withdrew that decision and replaced it with a new ruling. The panel's opinion says the corps is insulated from liability under federal law.
Campo, Calif.: Firefighters recovered the body of a man who ignored evacuation orders from a burned house Monday as they battled to contain wildfires in San Diego County that destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more, authorities said.
Huntsville, Ala.: Former professor Amy Bishop was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university, killing three colleagues and wounding three others in 2010.
Israel: A court on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to pay an $18,000 fine and serve a one-year suspended sentence for his role in a corruption case that forced him from office, a relatively light punishment that could clear the way for a comeback.
Washington: Two Marine noncommissioned officers will be court-martialed for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps said Monday.