Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year. The Republican made the request in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week. He wants the USDA to purchase $37 million worth of canned pink salmon under a federal law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks or other programs. USDA purchased $20 million worth of salmon earlier this year, which Parnell called an important first step in reducing inventories to help slow a price decline that he said threatened the 2014 fishing season.
-- A visitor to Chicago's Cook County Jail was trapped inside for about 30 hours over the July Fourth weekend.
WBBM-AM reports (cbsloc.al ) a man was in the jail's maximum security division visiting his son when he went into a room that wasn't being used. The room's door was propped open by contractors installing cameras.
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A Chris McDaniel supporter arrested for his alleged connection to the photographing of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife died Wednesday in an apparent suicide, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Mississippi reports. Mark Mayfield, a leader of the Mississippi Tea Party, was one of three men arrested on conspiracy charges after blogger Clayton Kelly allegedly photographed Cochran's bedridden wife, Rose, at a nursing home where she suffers from progressive dementia. The photos were allegedly used for an anti-Cochran political video that was later taken down. Mayfield was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday at his Ridgeland home.
The family of former Taliban prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is receiving threats, according to authorities. William Facer, a spokesman for the FBI's Salt Lake City division, said Saturday, "The FBI continues to monitor the situation in Hailey, Idaho. We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously."
Police said the 22-year-old developmentally challenged man moved aggressively toward officers with a large landscaping stone over his head and threw it toward the officers and struck the squad car.
An officer used a Taser and the man was safely taken into custody.
Police said the man was with a chaperone and overheard a conversation related to Bret Michaels that seemed to be the trigger for the violence. The man tore down a banner, tipped over a newspaper bin, and attacked and chased patrons in the parking lot, according to officers. read more