Landslide in Laguna Beach, Calif., injures 4

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - A landslide sent 18 multimillion-dollar houses crashing down a hill in Southern California early Wednesday as homeowners alarmed by the sound of walls and pipes coming apart ran for their lives in their nightclothes. At least four people suffered minor injuries.

About 1,000 people in 350 other homes in the Blue Bird Canyon area were evacuated as a precaution.

Ex-principal, 2 students charged in sexual assault

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two students were charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled girl in a high school auditorium. The former principal was charged with failing to notify police.

The case generated criticism because school officials did not immediately report the allegations to police and said they feared the negative media attention if they did.

The 16-year-old girl told a teacher at Mifflin High School that she had been dragged into the auditorium March 9 and forced to perform oral sex on at least two boys as other students watched and one boy videotaped, according to investigators.

7-year-old boy suspected in beating death

TAMPA, Fla. - A 7-year-old boy beat his baby half-sister to death with his fists, feet and a two-by-four because he was jealous of the attention the girl was receiving and because she would not stop crying, police said Wednesday.

The attack occurred May 22 in Tampa, where the boy had been visiting his father. Seven-month-old Jayza Laney Simms was dead on arrival at the hospital where her parents rushed her.

The boy confessed to killing his sister a week later when detectives confronted him with the evidence, McElroy said.

Judge, attorneys working on more jury instructions

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Jurors in the Michael Jackson trial were given the instructions Wednesday that will govern their deliberations into whether the pop star molested a teenage boy.

Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville told jurors that closing arguments will begin today and they will be given the case sometime Friday. Jackson sat stone-still for nearly two hours as the judge read lengthy instructions hammered out by attorneys over more than a day. Jackson appeared glum as he left the courthouse, rushing past reporters.

- From wire reports