MARYLAND: Manning judgment awaited
A military judge was deliberating the fate of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of aiding the enemy by engineering a high-volume leak of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. Prosecutors argued that he is a glory-seeking traitor. His lawyers said Manning, 25, was a naive whistle-blower horrified by wartime atrocities who didn't know the material he leaked would end up in the hands of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Army Col. Denise Lind began deliberating Friday after nearly two months of conflicting evidence and arguments about the intelligence analyst. A military judge, not a jury, is hearing the case at Manning's request. Lind said she will give a day's public notice before reconvening the court-martial to announce her findings. The most serious charge is aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life sentence in prison.
PENNSYLVANIA: Five killed in helicopter crash
Five people are dead after a helicopter crash in northeastern Pennsylvania. state police said. Trooper Adam Reed said Federal Aviation Administration officials were on the scene Sunday in a heavily wooded area of Wyoming County, 80 miles north of Philadelphia. The wreckage of the Robinson 66 helicopter was found shortly before 2 p.m. near Noxen. Reed said inclement weather hampered search efforts. An alert was issued Saturday night after radar and communications contact with the aircraft was lost. Officials at Greater Binghamton Airport said the flight originated at Tri Cities Airport in Endicott, N.Y., and was bound for Lehighton, Pa.
ARIZONA: Bus flips over in heavy rain
A tour bus carrying 31 people was pushed into a wash before flipping over amid heavy rains in northern Arizona on Sunday, authorities said. There were no reports of injuries after the accident near Kingman, Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter told KNXV-TV. Bill Johnston of the Kingman Fire Department told the news station the bus had become stuck in an area with heavy rain before it was swept into the wash. The crash happened on the second day of heavy rain. A storm forecast had led to a flash flood watch and a car was reported trapped in a wash at Feather Mountain Road earlier in the day.