Prof sorry for Keynes comments Solar plane completes leg of trip
Supremacist jailed for killing child molester
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Northern California white supremacist convicted of killing a child molester has been sentenced to 26 years to life in prison, while his wife -- convicted of being an accessory -- will be released from jail in about two months.
Charles Francis Gaskins, 48, was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest in March for the killing of Neil Hayes in 2009. A probation report said Gaskins was a member of a supremacist group that required its members to attack anyone with a history of child molestation.
Gaskins and his wife -- Sandra Sheaves -- was living in a home she owned in Carmichael, a community outside of Sacramento, when they allowed the 66-year-old Hayes to move in. Gaskins had met Hayes while they were both serving time in prison.
When Sheaves discovered on the Megan's Law website that Hayes was a registered sex offender, she told Gaskins.
Gaskins and Sheaves confronted Hayes in the garage of the home, with Gaskins killing him by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a large rock, prosecutors said.
NEW YORK -- Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor and author, apologized on Saturday for saying economist John Maynard Keynes was less invested in the future because he was gay and had no children.
Ferguson said his remarks at an earlier conference were "as stupid as they were insensitive."
"I should not have suggested ... that Keynes was indifferent to the long run because he had no children, nor that he had no children because he was gay," he later said in a statement in response to an e-mailed query.
PHOENIX -- Alone in the single-seat cockpit, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He's flying Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane.
Piccard piloted the craft for 20 hours, after taking off from Moffett Field in Mountain View near San Francisco just after dawn Friday. He touched down early Saturday morning at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, completing the first leg of a planned cross-country journey.
He landed having used only three-quarters of the plane's battery power.