England faces sentencing after entering guilty plea
FORT HOOD, Texas - A jury of five men and a woman was selected Tuesday to recommend a sentence for Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, who admitted mistreating prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison camp in Iraq.
England accepted responsibility for the smiling, thumbs-up poses she struck for photographs taken at Abu Ghraib that made her the face of the prisoner abuse scandal.
The charges carry up to 11 years in prison, but prosecutors and the defense reached an agreement that caps the sentence at a lesser punishment, the length of which was not released.
Psychiatrist: Ohio shooter knew firing gun was wrong
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A prosecution psychiatrist agreed Tuesday that the man behind a series of shootings along highways around Columbus was severely mentally ill, but he testified that the man understood it was wrong every time he fired his gun.
Attorneys for Charles McCoy Jr. concede he was behind the 12 shootings in 2003 and 2004 in which one woman was killed. Under his plea of innocent by reason of insanity, they must prove that his illness kept him from understanding the shootings were wrong.
Pastor, wife charged with church fire
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - A pastor and his wife have been charged with arson in a fire that gutted the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, authorities say.
Harold Hunter, 55, and Patricia H. Hunter, 55, were arrested Monday. Police would not discuss a possible motive but said they had suspected that Thursday's fire and three earlier acts of vandalism at the church were an inside job.
''You don't burn God's house and not get caught,'' said Harry Blake, chairman pro tem of the church's trustees.
Blake said some parishioners were asked to take lie-detector tests when authorities found no forced entry and some windows broken from the inside out.
The congregation held services Sunday in another church.
Tennessee man charged with death of wife, children
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Police charged a man with murder after discovering the bodies of his wife, their 6-week-old son and the baby's 13-year-old sister Tuesday.
Tony Pope, 36, was arrested at his job and charged with murder in the fatal beating of his wife, Andrea Pope, 36.
Investigators also found the bodies of Brianna Justice and Christian Pope. The causes of their deaths and a motive was not immediately known, said police spokesman Sgt. Tom Layne said.
Judge in Florida approves abortion for 13-year-old
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl at the center of an abortion fight with the state may terminate her pregnancy, and Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the state will not appeal further.
Juvenile Judge Ronald Alvarez ruled Monday that the teen, who has been in state custody for four years, would not be physically or emotionally harmed by the procedure. Last week, Alvarez blocked the girl's abortion until a psychological evaluation was completed.
Memorial adds 78 names of journalists who died on duty
ARLINGTON, Va. - In a somber rededication of a memorial to journalists who died in the line of work, 78 people were honored Tuesday, their names written on the spiraling glass structure.
The Iraq war claimed the lives of 25 of them, including a CNN producer, a Polish television correspondent and an Italian freelancer who was kidnapped and murdered by a militant group.
Overall, 2004 was the third deadliest year for the profession in nearly two centuries, according to the Freedom Forum, which rededicates the memorial each year to mark World Press Freedom Day. More people died in this manner in 1991 and 1994.
Investigator: Ex-wife called Jackson sociopath
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A sheriff's investigator testified Tuesday in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial that ex-wife Deborah Rowe privately described the pop star as a sociopath and said they had a ''plan'' to speak nicely about their relationship in public.
District Attorney Tom Sneddon told Judge Rodney S. Melville he was bringing Sgt. Steve Robel to the stand to impeach Rowe's testimony.
''She referred to Michael as a sociopath and his children as being possessions,'' Robel said.
- From wire reports