Nation briefs

District of Columbia

Gag order imposed in Russian spy case

WASHINGTON — A federal judge imposed a gag order Mon­day on the lawyers involved in the case of a Russian gun rights activist accused of working in America as a secret agent for Moscow.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan also denied a defense request that the defendant, Maria Butina, be released on bail and placed under house arrest. The gag order comes days after prosecutors admitted they were wrong to accuse Butina of trading sex for access, saying they misinterpreted one of Butina’s text message exchanges. But the prosecutors said there is other evidence to support keeping Butina in custody.


State aims to drop fossil fuels by 2045

SACRAMENTO — California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The renewable energy measure would require California’s utilities to generate 60 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources by 2030. That’s 10 percent higher than the current mandate. The goal would then be to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045.


Lava flow seen on restless volcano

ANCHORAGE — A lava flow has been spotted on an Alaska volcano that recently became active again. Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said witnesses aboard the state ferry Tustumena saw the lava flow and fountain Monday morning.