MICHIGAN: Trial date for air attack case
An Oct. 4 trial date was set Tuesday for a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009, using a bomb hidden in his underwear. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, acting as his own lawyer, asked for a 2012 date, but U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said a fall trial was best for now. Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiring to kill 281 passengers and 11 crew members aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He is believed to have received instructions from al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.
CALIFORNIA: Surfer survives big wave
A surfer who nearly drowned after being pummeled and washed through rocks by a big wave in Northern California is expected to recover. A Stanford Hospital spokesman said Jacob Trette, 30, was in fair condition three days after he attempted to surf Mavericks, a famous break about 20 miles south of San Francisco that has claimed a number of lives over the years. Trette was rescued Saturday by an Australian firefighter, Russell Ord, who was on a personal watercraft photographing surfers when a large "freak set" caught a pack of them too close to shore.
UTAH: Official state gun proposed
State lawmakers are debating whether to designate a semiautomatic pistol as the official gun of Utah, despite protests from people who believe it's inappropriate because of recent mass shootings. The bill to make the Browning M1911 the official gun breezed through a committee hearing and is scheduled to be debated by the full House as early as Wednesday. Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer told the committee that the state should honor John Browning, a Utah native who invented it in 1911. "He invented a firearm that has defended American values and the traditions of this country for 100 years," Wimmer said.