Chief justice hospitalized

WASHINGTON - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has been hospitalized with a fever, a setback that fueled more retirement speculation about the 33-year veteran of the Supreme Court.

The 80-year-old Rehnquist was taken by ambulance to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday night and was admitted for observation and tests, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Wednesday. She would not release other information, including his condition.

FDA orders halt to Palladone sales

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration ordered a halt to sales of the narcotic Palladone on Wednesday, citing potentially fatal reactions when the potent drug is taken together with alcohol.

The FDA approved Palladone just last September. It is a once-a-day version of the old painkiller hydromorphone, made in a way that allows the capsules to dissolve slowly over a 24-hour period.

Idaho family slayings suspect appears in court

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A convicted sex offender sat silently in a courtroom Wednesday as a judge read aloud allegations that he bludgeoned three people to death and abducted two children.

Joseph Edward Duncan, 42, at times looked down at the table in front of him, although his eyes were often closed. His chin appeared to tremble as District Judge Benjamin Simpson read the murder and kidnapping charges in the slayings of Brenda Groene, 40, her son Slade, 13, and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie, 37.

Simpson did not set bail. Duncan has been held without bail since his arrest at a local restaurant July 2, where he appeared with one of the missing children - 8-year-old Shasta Groene. The body of her brother, 9-year-old Dylan Groene, was found within days near a Montana campground.

Latinos lagging in retirement saving

WASHINGTON - Latinos save through retirement accounts at half the rate of the general population, and those with such accounts have less than one-fifth the retirement savings of the overall work force, according to a new study.

Changes in tax and financial policies and promotion of financial counseling could boost retirement savings by Latinos, said the study by the Pew Charitable Trust's Retirement Security Project and the National Council of La Raza.

- From wire reports