Nun, 83, damaged property
A federal jury has found an 83-year-old nun and two fellow protesters guilty of breaking into the primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium. The jury found the three protesters guilty of a charge of interfering with national security and a second charge of damaging federal property. The trio spent about two hours inside the Y-12 National Security Complex in July, cutting through fences to reach the Tennessee facility. Once there, they painted slogans, chipped off a part of a wall with hammers and splattered human blood on the exterior.
Chopper crashes in street
A small helicopter lost power and came crashing down on a busy downtown Honolulu street on Wednesday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured, authorities said. The helicopter was on a photography flight when it lost power, forcing a crash landing on Fort Street, which is home to a large apartment complex and Hawaii Pacific University. The area is usually full of university students and downtown office workers, and has a lot of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The chopper ended up along a curb, badly damaging a parked car. Preliminary information indicates the Robinson R22 Beta had an engine failure, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
Bees ‘killed climber, dog’
An Arizona climber has been found dead, dangling from a rope on a cliff face south of Tucson, after apparently being stung to death by bees, police said on Wednesday. Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, a counselor with about 30 years experience hiking and climbing, headed into the mountains south of Tucson on Friday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said. Johnson was reported missing on Monday by co-workers after he failed to show up for work. A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team found his body that afternoon, Estrada said. “He had been stung repeatedly and he was dangling there,” he said. He said Johnson’s dog had also been attacked by bees and was found dead nearby.
‘Pastry Chef’ gets tasty price
An Impressionist oil painting depicting a chef in his white uniform fetched a tasty US$18 million on Wednesday, the most ever paid at auction for a work by the artist Chaim Soutine. Soutine’s Le Petit Patissier (The Little Pastry Chef), was the highlight of the Christie’s auction in New York. Christie’s said Soutine’s rosy-cheeked chef, the sixth of a renowned series painted in about 1927, set an auction record for the Russian-born French artist. Marc Chagall’s unusual Three Acrobats was the second-most expensive work at the sale in Manhattan, selling for US$13 million.
Omega-3 not good for heart
Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not beneficial for patients at high risk of cardiovascular troubles and already being medicated, a study found on Wednesday. In the study, carried out in 2010 in Italy with 12,513 patients, half the group took an omega-3 supplement and the other half an olive oil placebo. “In a large general-practice cohort of patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors, daily treatment with n-3 fatty acids did not reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity,” the study said. The research was led by Mario Negri at the Societa Prodotti Antibiotici in Milan.