Nation Briefs

JetBlue pilot not guilty by reason of insanity

AMARILLO, Texas – A federal judge in Texas found a JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson in Amarillo issued the ruling during a bench trial for Clayton F. Osbon, saying he suffered from a “severe mental disease or defect.”

Osbon, who recently was found mentally competent to stand trial after a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, will be sent to a federal mental health facility for further examination until another hearing on or before Aug. 6. The judge will decide then whether he can be released or should be committed to a mental facility.

Quick, easy fix eludes power outage problems

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of storms that knocked out power to millions, sweltering residents and elected officials are demanding to know why it’s taking so long to restring power lines and why they’re not more resilient in the first place.

The answer is complicated: Above-ground lines are vulnerable to lashing winds and falling trees, but relocating them underground incurs huge costs – as much as $15 million per mile of buried line – and that gets passed onto consumers.

With memories of other extended outages in the minds of many of the 1.26 million customers who still lack electricity, some question whether the delivery of power is more precarious than it used to be.

Associated Press