Court blocks order to free Chinese Muslims
A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily blocked a judge's decision to immediately free 17 Chinese Muslims at Guantanamo Bay. In a one-page order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued the emergency stay at the request of the Bush administration. The decision comes after U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina on Tuesday ordered the government to free the detainees by Friday. Urbina said it would be wrong for the administration to continue holding the detainees, known as Uighurs, since they are no longer considered enemy combatants. Associated Press
Chunks of granite crashed to the Yosemite Valley floor Wednesday, injuring at least three people and destroying several cabins and trees at one of the park's most popular lodging areas, officials said. The rock slide was the second in two days in the area called Curry Village. Associated Press
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A federal judge refused to declare a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, instead deciding he would tell jurors to ignore disputed portions of the government's evidence. The ruling came after Stevens' attorneys accused prosecutors of improperly withholding information that was favorable to Stevens and by using business records they knew were faulty to try to sway the jury. Associated Press
Hurricane Norbert strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm off Mexico's Pacific coast Wednesday as it churned on a path expected to take it over the southern half of the Baja California peninsula this weekend. Associated Press