Colo. man convicted of murdering transgender woman /a>
The case was believed to be the first prosecution under Colorado’s bias-crime statute for a crime involving a transgender person. Gay rights activists hope publicity from the case would pressure Congress to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a federal hate crime law.
The law didn’t stop this guy.
The law didn’t stop him from committing murder either.
Desert clash in West over solar potential, water
OAKLAND, Calif. — A westward dash to power electricity-hungry cities by cashing in on the desert’s most abundant resource — sunshine — is clashing with efforts to protect the tiny pupfish and desert tortoise and stinginess over the region’s rarest resource: water.
Water is the cooling agent for what traditionally has been the most cost-efficient type of large-scale solar plants. To some solar companies answering Washington’s push for renewable energy on vast government lands, it’s also an environmental thorn. The unusual collision pits natural resources protections against President Barack Obama’s plans to produce more environmentally friendly energy.
U.S. navy, pirates negotiate over hostage captain
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the lifeboat appeared to be out of fuel and that “a number of assets” were being used to resolve the situation.
“Piracy may be a centuries-old crime, but we are working to bring an appropriate, 21st century response,” she said at a joint appearance with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Australian foreign and defense ministers.