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Wind farm company to pay $1 million for deaths of 14 golden eagles

Wind farm to pay fine for deaths of eagles

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against a wind farm for the deaths of eagles in turbines.

In a settlement announced
Friday, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden
eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The case was the first to be prosecuted under that law against a wind
energy company.

— Associated Press

Former crime lab chemist sentenced: Annie Dookhan, a former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab who admitted faking test results in criminal cases, pleaded guilty Friday and was given three to five years in prison, followed by two years of probation. Dookhan sent the state’s criminal justice system into a tailspin last year when police shut down the state Department of Public Health lab she worked at after discovering the extent of her misconduct.

Drug lord’s son arrested: Serafin Zambada, 23, son of a most-wanted­ Mexican drug lord, was arrested Wednesday afternoon while crossing the border from Mexico in Nogales, Ariz. He faces drug-trafficking charges in the United States, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego said. Zambada’s father, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, is considered the strategist of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. Serafin Zambada is a U.S. citizen. His brother, Vicente, was arrested in 2009 in Mexico City and extradited to the United States. He awaits trial in Chicago.

Serial killer sentenced to death: Joseph Naso, 79, who was convicted in August of killing four Northern California prostitutes with double initials in the “Alphabet Murders” between 1977 and 1994, was sentenced to death Friday.

— From news services

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