FLORIDA: SeaWorld fine reduced in death
A judge reduced SeaWorld Orlando's $75,000 fine to $12,000 for the death of a trainer by a killer whale in 2010. The Associated Press obtained Judge Ken Welsch's order changing the most serious citation SeaWorld faced from "willful" to "serious." The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had issued SeaWorld citations totaling $75,000 in the death of Dawn Brancheau, killed by a whale named Tilikum.
NEW MEXICO: Wildfire biggest in state history
A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in state history, it was confirmed Wednesday. The erratic blaze grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres, surpassing a blaze last year that burned 156,593 acres in Los Conchas and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The mammoth fire may be just a preview of what's to come in the western United States after months of drought and dry conditions.
NORTH CAROLINA: Edwards deliberations halted
The judge in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial sent the jury home Wednesday after eight days of deliberations and told the four alternate jurors they need not come back. It was not clear whether releasing the alternates meant the regular panel was any closer to a verdict. The alternates have drawn attention by at times wearing the same color shirts. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles said she was still dealing with a note from a juror. The panel is to resume deliberations Thursday morning.