White supremacist takes pleas in deaths
A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday in Portland as part of a plea agreement that netted lighter punishments for two accomplices.
David "Joey" Pedersen, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting in death - one for the death of teenager Cody Myers on the Oregon coast and the other for the killing of Reginald Clark in Eureka, Calif., court records show.
His court-appointed attorney, Richard Wolf, confirmed the plea deal in an interview and said Pedersen will be sentenced to life in prison at an Aug. 4 hearing.
Pedersen has already been serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in state court to murder in the slaying of his father and stepmother in Everett, Wash.
Jackson doctor case
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary-manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor. A state appeals court upheld the conviction of Conrad Murray earlier this year and then refused to reconsider its decision. Authorities said Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009 while the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts. Murray was convicted in 2011 and served two years in jail.
A small town in southwestern Wyoming was evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub.
Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said there were no reports of injuries and the evacuation of Opal was done as a precaution. Opal, roughly 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, has about 95 residents. - AP