reported theft of romney tax returns probed
The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. An anonymous letter claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public. Romney released his 2010 tax returns and a 2011 estimate in January, but he has refused to disclose returns from earlier years. Romney's accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said there was no evidence his tax files were stolen.
Lawyer: Sandusky regrets trial silence
A defense lawyer says former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky regrets not testifying at his child sex abuse trial and likely will be sentenced in October. Attorney Joe Amendola said Wednesday he has cautioned him about making a statement at sentencing. Sandusky was convicted in late June of abusing 10 boys, some on campus. He maintains his innocence and is in an isolated jail unit. It has cost Penn State nearly $17 million in fees alone to deal with fallout from the scandal. The tab is expected to grow by tens of millions of dollars.
Police can question immigration status
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the most contentious section of Arizona's immigration law can be enforced. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the requirement in June.
3 plead guilty in bridge bomb plot
Three men pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting to bomb a highway bridge. Connor Stevens, 20, Brandon Baxter, 20, and Douglas Wright, 26, face up to life in prison. The FBI has said the public was never in danger though they say the target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. In July, 35-year-old Anthony Hayne pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the government. Only 23-year-old Joshua Stafford still faces trial. He is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
Storm cuts power to thousands
An unseasonably early windstorm pummeled Alaska's largest city, toppling scores of trees and leaving thousands without power for hours. Some areas recorded hurricane-force winds, while winds in lower elevations were clocked in at 40 mph to 60 mph between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.
U.S. honors WWII hero Wallenberg
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has given a document bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal upon Raoul Wallenberg to the World War II hero's 91-year-old half-sister, Nina Lagergren. The highest U.S. civilian honor recognizes the Swedish diplomat's "heroic actions" to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. Wallenberg, who would have been 100 this year, was detained by Soviet authorities in 1945 and is thought to have died in captivity.