Schiavo's parents plead anew for help

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Weak and emaciated, Terri Schiavo clung to life Monday as police stepped up security outside her hospice room and protesters praying for last-minute intervention by the government kept vigil.

As supporters of the severely brain-damaged woman carried their protest to the White House and Congress, her father repeated his plea that his daughter be kept alive.

Schiavo, 41, was in her 11th day without the feeding tube that has sustained her for 15 years. Her parents pressed again for President Bush, Congress and the president's brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, to intervene to have the tube reinserted, and a small group of supporters protested outside the White House gates.

Juvenile arrested in school shooting

RED LAKE, Minn. - A juvenile has been arrested in last week's shooting rampage on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, federal authorities said Monday. They would not say how the juvenile was believed to be connected to the attack, which left 10 people dead, including the 16-year-old gunman.

U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said the juvenile was arrested Sunday, but declined to give any details, including the age and gender of the juvenile. Heffelfinger said federal law required him to withhold the details.

The gunman, Jeff Weise, a student with a history of depression, shot to death his grandfather and the man's girlfriend last week, then went to school and killed seven others and himself.

Investigators had said last week that Weise acted alone in the rampage.

Murder, kidnapping charges filed in death of Iowa girl

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A registered sex offender accused in the abduction and slaying of a 10-year-old girl was charged Monday with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Roger Paul Bentley, 37, would face life in prison if convicted. Bail was set at $1 million on each count.

Authorities accused Bentley of taking Jetseta Gage from her home in Cedar Rapids on Thursday night. Police said Jetseta's 7-year-old brother saw her get into a truck with Bentley, minutes after the children's grandmother told them it was about time to go to bed.

Armed motorist arrested on way to help Indian children

ST. LOUIS - A man dressed like an old-time pioneer and parked along Interstate 70 puzzled deputies with his claim that he was headed to South Dakota with Bibles and ''supplies'' for American Indian children.

Then the deputies noticed a smell of marijuana as the man argued with them, and they searched his vehicle and found a staggering arsenal, including loaded pistols and an assault rifle with a 30-round clip and a bullet in the chamber.

A double-edged knife with an 8-inch blade was in the sun visor above the man's head, and a loaded two-shot Colt Derringer pistol was in his pocket, authorities say. Searchers also seized about 400 rounds of ammunition.

Girl's death may be linked to E. coli outbreak in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's top health official confirmed Monday that a girl's sudden death is being investigated as possibly linked to an outbreak of E. coli bacteria believed to have been contracted at a fair.

State Health Secretary John Agwunobi said there are 14 confirmed cases of people who attended the Strawberry Festival in Plant City or the Central Florida Fair in Orlando in early March and who have since been sick and either tested positive for E. coli or a kidney disease that sometimes results from E. coli infection.

Nine of the victims remain hospitalized, but Agwunobi declined to say what their conditions were. The majority of those sickened are from Orange County, which includes Orlando. The girl who died was in Pasco County, in the northern Tampa Bay area.

New Orleans race bias case up to jury

NEW ORLEANS - Jurors began deliberating Monday in a federal race discrimination lawsuit that accuses New Orleans' first black district attorney of dismissing whites en masse in the days after taking office.

In their closing argument, lawyers for District Attorney Eddie Jordan said he had a right to hire and fire whomever he wanted, and his desire to make his office more reflective of the majority black city was ''innocuous.''

The numbers in this unusual case are not in dispute: Eight days after taking office in January 2003, Jordan fired 53 of 77 white workers who were not lawyers and replaced them with blacks. Some seven out of 10 whites were fired, to be replaced by blacks.

Jackson judge allows evidence of past allegations

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial ruled Monday that the prosecution may present testimony about past allegations against the pop star involving five boys, including two who reached multimillion-dollar civil settlements with the singer.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled after hearing arguments by District Attorney Tom Sneddon and vigorous opposition by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr.

- From wire reports