Psychiatrist: Shooter wanted to stop voices in his head

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The man behind a string of Columbus-area highway shootings threw building materials off overpasses and fired at moving cars because he thought it would stop the humiliating voices in his head, a psychiatrist testified Monday.

Dr. Mark Mills, a psychiatrist who specializes in legal aspects of mental illness, is the main witness for the insanity defense of Charles McCoy Jr., whose attorneys concede he was behind 12 shootings that terrorized the Columbus area for months in 2003 and 2004.

''It is my belief that at the time of these incidents Mr. McCoy was insane,'' Mills said.

Attorney who leaked FBI tape to reporter charged

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A defense attorney was charged Monday with leaking an FBI surveillance video to a TV reporter, who nearly went to prison for refusing to identify his source.

Joseph Bevilacqua Jr., 55, agreed to plead guilty to contempt and perjury for violating a court order not to release the footage, then lying about it under oath, U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente said.

The video, which showed a mayoral aide taking a bribe, was part of a City Hall corruption investigation that eventually sent Mayor Vincent ''Buddy'' Cianci Jr. and the aide to prison. A judge had barred anyone connected to the case from releasing any of the tapes.

Florida governor OKs tough child molester bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Spurred by the killing of a 9-year-old girl, Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday signed a law imposing tougher penalties on child molesters and requiring many of those released from prison to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives.

The measure gives Florida one of the toughest child-sex laws in the nation.

The Jessica Lunsford Act was quickly drafted after Jessica's death was discovered in March and was pushed through by lawmakers outraged that the man accused of killing her was a registered sex offender. It passed both the Senate and House unanimously.

England pleads guilty to inmate abuse at Iraq prison

FORT HOOD, Texas - Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured grinning and giving a thumbs-up in some of the most notorious photos to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal, pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating prisoners, saying she let her comrades talk her into going along with the abuse.

Wearing her dress green Army uniform and speaking somberly in a soft voice, the 22-year-old Army reservist told the judge that she initially resisted taking part in the abuse at the Baghdad prison, but ultimately caved in to peer pressure.

''I had a choice, but I chose to do what my friends wanted me to,'' she said.

The charges carry up to 11 years in prison, but prosecutors and the defense reached an agreement for a lesser sentence, the length of which was not released. A military jury will convene on Tuesday to determine her punishment; she will get the lesser of the jury's sentence or the term agreed on in the plea



anti-war activists rally at U.N.

NEW YORK - Invoking memories of the bombs dropped on Japan decades ago, thousands of anti-nuclear weapon and anti-war activists marched past the United Nations, where a conference takes up the nuclear issue this week.

Chanting ''No war, No nukes'' and carrying signs saying ''No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki,'' the marchers on Sunday ended up in Central Park, where they formed a human peace symbol. Organizers put the number of protesters at 40,000.

Prosecution winds up with testimony on checks for $1.5M

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Michael Jackson associate cashed two big checks in early 2003 on an account controlled by him and Jackson, a bank official testified Monday as prosecutors neared the end of their presentation.

Beverly Wagner, a bank branch manager, testified that Marc Schaffel cashed checks totaling $1.5 million from an account belonging to Neverland Valley Entertainment, for which Jackson and Schaffel were the only signatories.

Schaffel is named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator, and his name has surfaced in the trial in connection with efforts to contain damage from the documentary ''Living With Michael Jackson.''

- From wire reports