NEVADA: Window washers rescued
Four window washers were rescued by firefighters Wednesday after they were stranded for several hours outside the 35th floor of a Las Vegas Strip high-rise hotel. Firefighters spent three hours rigging ropes and descending from the roof of the 46-story Vdara Hotel to harness and lower the workers one at a time to a landing area below. The workers' platform apparently stalled in a mechanical malfunction.
OHIO: Guilty plea in bridge plot
One of five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, who has a criminal record for theft and breaking and entering, pleaded to all three counts against him in U.S. District Court. Attorney Michael O'Shea said that under the terms of the surprise plea deal, Hayne might avoid a life prison term. "I don't think any of these guys intended harm to human beings," he said. "I think they just thought this was a way of making some sort of political statement."
CALIFORNIA: Protesting cops' gunfire
The mother of a man shot by Anaheim police officers condemned violent protests against the killing, saying Wednesday she did not want them to become her son's legacy. "Please, please, please stop the violence," said Genevieve Huizar. It's not going to bring my son back." Her news conference followed a fourth day of violent protests over Saturday's police shooting of Manuel Diaz and the Sunday police shooting of another man. A crowd of 600 surged through downtown Tuesday night, smashing windows and hurling rocks and bottles at police.