ALABAMA: Cruise ship slips moorings
The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and hit a cargo ship. Gusts near hurricane strength shoved the 900-foot Carnival Triumph free of its mooring in downtown Mobile, where the ship was brought in a five-day ordeal that began when an engine fire stranded it off Mexico in February. The violent weather also blew a nearby guard shack into the water. One shipyard worker was rescued but another was missing.
GEORGIA: Murder charge for soldier
A soldier accused of plotting attacks as leader of an anti-government militia group was charged with murder by the Army on Wednesday in the 2011 death of his pregnant wife. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Cashmere, Wash., will face a military hearing to determine if a court-martial should try him in the death of his wife, Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui. The Army also charged Aguigui with causing the death of an unborn child, a boy, when his wife died in July 2011. Less than five months later, Aguigui and three fellow Fort Stewart soldiers were charged by civilian authorities in the December 2011 shooting deaths of Michael Roark, a former member of their unit, and Roark's girlfriend, Tiffany York, 17. Civilian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Aguigui, saying he ordered the deaths to keep the couple from exposing the militia group.
CALIFORNIA: Plea in kidnap of 10-year-old
A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he snatched a 10-year-old girl from her home in Los Angeles last week. Daniel Martinez, 29, entered his plea Wednesday to one count each of kidnapping and burglary. Prosecutors filed the charges against Martinez as well as kidnapping and nearly three dozen other counts against fugitive Tobias Summers, 30. Summers is accused of forcing the girl to perform sexual acts.