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States aim to stop internet release of 3D-printed gun plans
SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that wants to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet.
The federal agency had tried to stop a Texas company from releasing the plans online, arguing it violated export regulations. But the agency reversed itself in April and entered an agreement with the company that would allow it to post the plans.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued and last month secured a restraining order to stop that process, and now they want to make it permanent.
The U.S. Justice Department says federal law already prohibits the manufacture or possession of undetectable plastic guns.
The states say the government’s actions could cause “drastic, irreparable harm.”
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled by protesters
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters.
WRAL-TV reports that more than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue’s base and calling for its removal. At 9 p.m., protesters had marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the statue’s base. By 9:30 “Silent Sam” was down.
There were some tense moments between police and protesters. One person was arrested and charged with concealing one’s face during a public rally and resisting arrest.
Students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it.
The statue was given to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. It was erected in 1913.
CHILD SHOOTS SELF
Man charged after child shoots self in hand with stolen gun
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say that a 5-year-old child suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand, leading to charges against an adult.
A Winston-Salem Police Department news release says officers came to the house Sunday afternoon.
The child was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.
Investigators seized a handgun and determined it was stolen.
The shooting led to charges of firearm possession by a felon, possessing a stolen firearm and failure to secure a firearm from a minor against Charles Derrick Parsons. Parsons was being held Monday in jail.
The public defender’s office said it didn’t have a record of him being assigned a lawyer yet on the charges. No phone listing for Parsons could be found in a public records search.
Science panel: health goal for chemical in water is right
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina science panel says state health officials were right to set a much lower health target for a little-studied industrial chemical found in drinking water than the goal the manufacturer proposed.
The science panel created to advise North Carolina health and environmental leaders agreed on their GenX findings after 10 months of review.
The panel’s report says studies of the chemical used in non-stick surfaces like Teflon are scant. But the science board says there’s enough information to estimate how much humans can tolerate over a lifetime without increased risk of cancer and other conditions.
GenX was found at levels beyond the health goal in treated water used by 200,000 customers in Wilmington 100 miles (160 kilometers) downstream and at hundreds of wells around the plant.
COAST GUARD RESCUE-NORTH CAROLINA
4 rescued after boat engine fire off North Carolina coast
CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four people over the weekend after a boat’s engines caught fire off North Carolina.
The rescue occurred Sunday night near Fort Macon State Park in the Back Sound. A Coast Guard news release says authorities received the distress call shortly before 6 p.m.
A crew recovered three people from the water and one who was on the boat. The people survived and were taken back to a Coast Guard station nearby.
Petty Officer 3rd Class James Sellers, who was aboard the response boat, said not all of the people had on life jackets. He says it serves as a good reminder for people to have on life jackets at all times because there isn’t always time to put one on when an emergency strikes.
COLORADO FAMILY KILLED
Man admits wife’s murder, blames her for daughters’ deaths
DENVER (AP) – A Colorado man is due back in court Tuesday to formally learn that he has been charged with the murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters.
Christopher Watts also faces charges of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. It is not clear whether he will enter a plea during the court appearance.
A court filing unsealed Monday say Watts admitted to police that he killed his wife. But he said he strangled her in “a rage” when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation.
The document says the 33-year-old man then drove his wife and daughters’ bodies to an oil work site where he buried 34-year-old Shanann Watts and put the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste inside an oil tank.
Watts is being held without bail.
POLICE-BATON STRIKE-VIDEO-THE LATEST
The Latest: Video shows man punch police before baton strike
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina police have released new dashboard video that shows a suspect throwing punches at officers before he’s brought to the ground and hit with an officer’s baton.
Video of the altercation that first surfaced Friday gained scores of views on social media, showing an officer swinging his baton at the suspect while he’s on the ground.
Video released Monday by Raleigh police shows what preceded that.
In the newly released dashboard video, suspect Frederick Darnell Hall can be seen throwing punches at officers. He appears to knock one to the ground and shove another out of the way.
He’s later brought to the ground, and one of the officers can be seen continuing to swing a police baton.
Hall faces charges including assault. The district attorney announced that the police officers won’t be charged.
COLORADO FAMILY KILLED-THE LATEST
The Latest: Police investigating Colorado man found affair
DENVER (AP) – Police investigating a Colorado man for the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters learned that he was having an affair with a co-worker.
According to an arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, investigators confirmed the affair after Christopher Watts denied it in police interviews.
The 33-year-old later told police that his wife strangled their kids after he had asked for a separation and he killed her when he saw the bodies.
Watts is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
A friend asked police on Aug. 13 to check on 34-year-old Shanann Watts when she did not show up for a doctor’s appointment.
The document says Watts initially said the conversation about a separation was civil. In a second interview, Watts said he and his wife were upset and crying.