Man shoots at
The U.S. Marshals Service says Wednesday a man with an assault-type rifle fired 15 to 20 shots at the federal courthouse in Wheeling. W.Va., before security officers returned fire, critically wounding the man.
Chief deputy Mike Claxton of the Marshals Service in northern West Virginia said one officer was hurt by shattered glass inside the courthouse during Wednesday’s shooting but no other injuries were reported.
Claxton said the gunman was in a parking lot across from the courthouse downtown. He said officials are trying to determine a motive.
of nuke duties
The Navy says a three-star admiral was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty as second-in-command at the military organization that oversees all U.S. nuclear forces. He is under investigation in a gambling matter.
The Navy’s top spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that Vice Adm. Tim Giardina will drop in rank to two-star admiral as a consequence of being removed from his position at U.S. Strategic Command.
Giardina is being reassigned to the Navy staff pending the outcome of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe of allegations that he used counterfeit gambling chips at a casino in Iowa, not far from his base in eastern Nebraska.
The removal of such a high-ranking commander of nuclear forces is extremely rare in the U.S. military.
Oldest inmate on
death row executed
Arizona on Wednesday executed the oldest person on its death row, nearly 35 years after he was charged with murdering a man during a robbery and dumping his body along a highway.
The execution of 71-year-old Edward Harold Schad Jr. came about two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeals.
At about 10 a.m., the warden at the state prison in Florence read Schad’s execution warrant and asked him if he had anything to say.
Schad responded: “Well, after 34 years, I’m free to fly away home. Thank you, warden. Those are my last words.”
He lay quietly and looked at the ceiling as he was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital through IV needles in both arms. He then took a long, deep breath and exhaled. He was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m.
Nyad in 48-hour
swim in NYC
The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Key West has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Diana Nyad started her 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy.
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 24 hours and had raised more than $56,500.
Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
She told The Associated Press on Monday that one of her swimming companions in Manhattan will be a dog named Roscoe that survived Sandy’s floodwaters.