Judge refuses to halt Noriega's France extradition
MIAMI - A judge refused Friday to block the extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France, where he is accused of laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds through French banks.
Senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler rejected arguments by Noriega's lawyers that his status as a U.S. prisoner of war negated the French request under the Geneva Conventions and required his return home to Panama.
Ohio police officer pleads not guilty in girlfriend's death
CANTON, Ohio - A police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to killing his pregnant girlfriend, whose corpse was found in a park and whose toddler son gave investigators some of their strongest clues.
Bobby Cutts Jr. could be sentenced to die if convicted in the deaths of Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter. He nodded at his parents and his pastor in the makeshift courtroom at the Stark County jail.
Davis' disappearance in June drew national attention as thousands searched for her for more than a week near her northeast Ohio home. Her body, with a nearly full-term fetus, was found more than a week later about 25 miles away in a remote area of a park.
Northern Illinois tries to hold off flood waters
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. - More rain pushed flood waters higher in northern Illinois on Friday, threatening further havoc in a region where days of torrential thunderstorms have swamped thousands of homes and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
In this Chicago suburb, about 300 people piled sandbags against 4-foot-high concrete barriers, aided by backhoes and bulldozers, but they didn't know whether it would be enough to hold back the rising Des Plaines River.
'It's just getting worse,' Prospect Heights Fire Chief Don Gould said. 'All these people will be flooded out if we don't move quick.'
Oregon campers tie peeping tom to tree to wait for deputies
PORTLAND, Ore. - A group of campers tied a peeping Tom suspect to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived.
Richard H. Berkey, 63, was charged with private indecency, a misdemeanor, by sheriff's deputies who were called to the Big Fan Campground near Bagby Hot Springs last weekend, according to Clackamas County Detective Jim Strovink.
Campers told deputies they recognized Berkey from a similar incident at the campground last year and wanted to make sure he didn't get away.
The 2006 incident was reported to police but did not result in charges.
'Last year, we took down his license plate number and turned it in to the sheriff, but there wasn't a lot they could do really,' said Jason Dugan, one of the campers. 'This year, that wasn't happening.'
Dugan and another camper, Michelle Brandow, said several friends were playing chess, eating and relaxing last Saturday, when they heard rustling in an area the women used as an open latrine. Dugan went to investigate, saw a man running from the area and tackled him.
Elderly Klansman sentenced to life for kidnapping
JACKSON, Miss. - Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee have been dead for more than four decades. James Ford Seale looks every minute of his 72 years. But as the judge in Seale's case told him Friday, 'justice itself is ageless.'
He sentenced Seale, a reputed Klansman, to the maximum three life sentences for kidnapping and conspiracy in the abductions and killings of the two black teenagers, whose decomposing bodies were dragged from a murky Mississippi River backwater in 1964.
The conviction never would have happened, prosecutors agreed, without Moore's brother Thomas, who refused to abandon his search for justice even when Seale's family insisted he was dead. In 2005, he and a Canadian filmmaker found Seale, old and sick, living just a few miles down the road from where the kidnapping took place.
Political consultant, two others found dead in Fla. home
ORLANDO, Fla. - A former campaign aide to a Florida congressman and two other men were found dead in a home in an apparent double-murder and suicide, authorities and relatives said.
Authorities have not determined a motive for the deaths of Ralph Gonzalez, 39, his roommate, David Abrami, 36, and a friend, Robert Drake, 30.
Former astronaut meets love triangle rival in courtroom
ORLANDO, Fla. - Lisa Nowak faced her romantic rival in court Friday during a tense day in the NASA love triangle case that was capped with the ex-astronaut apologizing to the other woman for 'frightening her in any way.'
It was their first exchange of words and looks since Nowak was arrested and charged with trying to pepper spray and kidnap Colleen Shipman after a frantic 1,000-mile drive to confront her over another astronaut.