NATION IN BRIEF: Wyoming man charged with killing 3 sons, adult brother

Wyoming man charged with killing 3 sons, adult brother

WHEATLAND, Wyo. -- A Wyoming man has been charged with killing his three sons and adult brother and wounding his wife in a string of shootings in a small farming and ranching town.

Everett E. Conant III was ordered held without bail during a hearing Friday.

He faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and other counts. The murder and attempted-murder charges carry sentences of death or life without parole.

Conant's wife, Suzette Ann Conant, was hospitalized in good condition. Police said she was shot in the ankle and shoulder.

Wildfires burn in remote Nevada nuclear test site

LAS VEGAS -- One lightning-sparked wildfire was contained and firefighters were battling a second blaze Friday in a remote undeveloped part of the vast federal nuclear testing reservation formerly known as the Nevada Test Site, a National Nuclear Security Administration official said.

About 100 firefighters with support from three air tankers, a spotter plane and a helicopter were fighting the blazes touched off Monday in rugged mountain and desert terrain about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The blazes covered more than 9 square miles, but no injuries were reported and officials said no structures, roads, power lines or other facilities in the sprawling federal nuclear proving ground were threatened.

Air monitors detected no release of radiation, said Dante Pistone, an NNSA spokesman in North Las Vegas.

Feds won't fight bankruptcy by married gays

SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal officials no longer plan to contest joint bankruptcy pleadings brought by legally married same-sex couples, a Department of Justice spokeswoman said Friday.

The Obama administration's recent position is that the federal law forbidding government recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said government lawyers decided this week that letting gay and lesbian couples jointly petition for bankruptcy protection is consistent with that stance.

The shift stems from a case involving two California men who got married when it was briefly legal in 2008 before the state's voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.

Calvin is third hurricane of year in eastern Pacific

U.S. forecasters said Calvin has become the third hurricane of the eastern Pacific season.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph and was moving to the west at 13 mph. It was about 340 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and did not immediately threaten land.

Calvin was a Category 1 hurricane on Friday. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is likely to weaken in the coming days, though it could fluctuate occasionally in intensity.

Stocks sink after dismal jobs report

An unexpected drop in hiring put an end to the excitement that had been bubbling up on Wall Street over the past two weeks.

Stock indexes fell sharply Friday, erasing most of the week's gains, after the government reported that U.S. employers created the fewest number of jobs in nine months. The 18,000 net jobs in created in June were a fraction of what many economists expected and dampened hopes that the economy was improving. Private companies added jobs at the slowest pace in more than a year. The unemployment rate edged up to 9.2 percent, its highest level this year.

A broader measure of weakness in the labor market was even worse. Among Americans who want to work, 16.2 percent are either unemployed or unable to find full-time jobs. That was up from 15.8 percent in May.

Whitey Bulger's girlfriend seeks bail before trial

BOSTON -- Prosecutors will have trouble proving former reputed Boston crime boss James ''Whitey'' Bulger's girlfriend protected him during his 16 years as a fugitive, her lawyer said in court papers arguing for her release from prison while awaiting trial.

Catherine Greig, 60, was arrested with Bulger last month in Santa Monica, Calif. Authorities said the couple had been on the run together since 1995.

Bulger, the 81-year-old former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is charged with participating in 19 murders and faces a possible life sentence. Greig, who is charged with harboring a fugitive and faces a maximum five-year sentence, has a bail hearing scheduled in U.S. District Court on Monday.