Investigators receive tip in Idaho slayings

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Authorities expressed skepticism Friday but continued to search for a van, hoping to find two children missing since the slayings earlier this week of their mother, brother and mother's boyfriend.

Kootenai County sheriff's Capt. Ben Wolfinger said authorities were assessing the credibility of the tip from a shopkeeper in Bonners Ferry, 75 miles north of Coeur d'Alene, that 9-year-old Dylan Groene and his 8-year-old sister, Shasta, might have been spotted there.

Shuttle Discovery undergoes fuel tank test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA conducted a second fueling test Friday on space shuttle Discovery to try to figure out why sensors and valves did not work properly during a previous run-through.

The test was part of the preparations for the launch of Discovery in July.

Discovery's external tank was filled with 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen, and a countdown was simulated.

New suspect charged in Indiana girl's death

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. - Prosecutors on Friday dropped murder charges against a man who confessed to killing a 10-year-old girl and shifted blame to a man accused of molesting her around the time of her death.

Police originally thought that Katie Collman was abducted and killed near Crothersville after she stumbled across a methamphetamine operation as she walked home from a store in January. They arrested 21-year-old Charles Hickman a few days after the body was found in a creek.

But authorities now say that DNA tests of semen found on Katie's body led to new charges of murder and criminal confinement against Anthony Stockelman, 38. All charges against Hickman in the girl's death were dropped.

Judge considers sanctioning defense attorney

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Friday he may sanction lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. for misrepresenting the terms under which the pop star waived confidentiality with former lawyer Mark Geragos.

Jackson waived attorney-client privilege only for the period up until his arrest in November 2003, but that limit was not disclosed until Geragos mentioned it while testifying last week.

- From wire reports