Parks remembered for her courage

WASHINGTON - Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was remembered Monday as a courageous woman whose defiance in the face of segregation helped inspire the architects of the civil rights movement and set an example for generations to follow.

An overflow crowd of mourners joined Washington to pay tribute to the woman whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus helped galvanize the modern civil rights movement.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who was born in Mississippi during segregation, said Parks' stand ''changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of so many other people in the world.''

Archdiocese of Hartford settles

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford agreed Monday to pay $22 million to 43 people who said they were molested by priests.

The alleged abuse dates back as far as the 1960s and involved 14 priests or retired priests.

Parents tried to bring it to the attention of Archbishop John Francis Whealon in 1983 but were threatened with legal action by the archdiocese, said attorney Jason Tremont.

Bush picks Alito for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated veteran judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking to shift the judiciary to the right and mollify conservatives who derailed his previous pick. Ready-to-rumble Democrats said Alito may curb abortion rights and be ''too radical for the American people.''

Drawing an unspoken contrast to failed nominee Harriet Miers, Bush declared that the appeals court judge ''has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years.''

Wilma forces children to stay in after dark

MIAMI - Lingering safety concerns a week after Hurricane Wilma struck meant a curtailed Halloween on Monday for most South Florida children.

Government officials urged parents to not let their children trick or treat after dark because of power outages and fallen power lines that still affect much of the area a week after the storm struck. And even in areas with lights, debris is piled high in front yards, making walking after dark dangerous.

''If your kids don't need to go door to door trick-or-treating this year, they probably shouldn't,'' Miami police Lt. Bill Schwartz said Monday. ''If you can find an alternative like a mall, we highly recommend it.''

Authorities assess damage from Beta

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Thousands of people remained in shelters in Nicaragua and Honduras on Monday after Hurricane Beta swept across the Central American nations, flooding rivers, downing trees and destroying houses, churches, medical centers and schools.

The remnants of Beta drifted over the eastern Pacific on Monday, and forecasters said there was a slight chance the storm could reform over the ocean.

Packing winds up to 105 mph, Beta dumped as much as 15 inches of rain in Nicaragua and neighboring Honduras, where its outer bands of rain caused four rivers to overflow, isolated communities and damaged crops.

Teen charged with capital murder of Alabama teacher

MOULTON, Ala. - Authorities charged a 15-year-old boy with capital murder Monday in the killing of a longtime teacher who was beaten and left for dead in a small-town school where she worked.

While the youth isn't eligible for the death penalty because of a Supreme Court ruling that banned capital punishment for juveniles, he could be sentenced to life without parole, the only alternative under Alabama law if convicted

Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said prosecutors would ask a judge to decide whether the teenager can be tried as an adult in the killing of Judy Jester.

Cheney replaces indicted aide

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney, moving swiftly to replace an indicted aide, on Monday named attorney David Addington as his chief of staff and John Hannah as his national security adviser.

Both positions had been filled by I. Lewis Libby, who resigned Friday when he was indicted on perjury and other charges in a 22-month investigation of the unmasking of an undercover CIA officer.

Addington has been Cheney's counsel and Hannah has been his deputy national security adviser.

- From wire reports