Billy the Kid pardon? New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has promised to make a decision by Friday on whether to grant a posthumous pardon to notorious Old West gunslinger Billy the Kid.
Richardson will be deciding only the matter of a promise to the outlaw made by territorial Gov. Lew Wallace, Richardson spokesman Eric Witt said. "We're not offering a blanket pardon for everything he did."
Wallace had promised to grant the Kid (who also went by the name William Bonney) amnesty for the fatal shooting of Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady and other "misdeeds" if he agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating another murder. Bonney cooperated, but the pardon didn't happen.
He eventually was convicted in Brady's death and was sentenced to death, but he escaped from jail April 28, 1881, killing two deputies. Sheriff Pat Garrett shot Bonney dead July 14, 1881, weeks after the escape.
Garrett's descendants oppose any pardon for Bonney.
"If Billy the Kid was living amongst us now, would you issue a pardon for someone who made his living as a thief and, more egregiously, who killed four law enforcement officers and numerous others?" the Garrett family wrote Richardson last fall.
East Coast weather: The U.S. East Coast is still digging out from as much as 30 inches of snow, and airlines are still trying to clear a backlog of passengers stuck in airport terminals by thousands of flight cancellations.
More than 1,000 international travelers had to wait for hours aboard planes at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport because no gate was available for them to use to enter the terminal.
"With all the cancellations and delays, it'll be two to three days before the airlines are at a regular schedule," said Thomas Bosco, general manager of New York's LaGuardia Airport.
A Delta Air Lines spokesman said the airline hoped to return to a full schedule at JFK sometime Wednesday morning and at Newark by midday.
Flooding in Australia: In the Australian state of Queensland, helicopters are being used to evacuate people from flooded towns, and more flooding is in store.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said that about 20 communities had to be evacuated because of the floods.
Major flooding is now heading toward Rockhampton, a city of 50,000 on the coast, and the central city of Emerald, with 15,000 residents, he said.
Forecasters have said the weather will clear over the next 48 hours, Roberts said, but recent heavy rain means water has built up in river catchment areas.
"It does take a day to three days, in some instances, for that water to come down in some of the cities that are under threat, so we're over the worst of the rain, but some of the worst flooding is still yet to come," he said.