Man accused of taking hostages in Clinton's office called desperate

ROCHESTER, N.H. - The man accused of taking hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office last week watched impassively during his video arraignment Monday as he was portrayed alternatively as a sick man desperately seeking psychiatric help and a manipulative longtime criminal.

The judge ordered Leeland Eisenberg held on $500,000 cash bail on six felony charges and ordered a psychiatric evaluation for him.

'I think it's very, very important to keep this man under lock and key for now until we get to the bottom of his mental health problems,' Rochester District Court Judge Daniel Cappiello said.

Prosecutor Janice Rundles asked for the high bail, saying Eisenberg, 46, has a long criminal record, including two rape convictions, and would be a threat to the public.

Family files lawsuit against Amtrak, Norfolk Southern

CHICAGO - A Michigan family sued Amtrak and Norfolk Southern on Monday, three days after being injured when a passenger train rammed a freight train sitting on the same track on Chicago's South Side.

John and Marcia Hamstra of Grandville, Mich., along with their daughter-in-law and grandchildren, are seeking damages from the railroads in a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

'The element of damage has yet to be determined,' said their attorney, Thomas Prindable.

The Hamstras contend the railroads were negligent during the Friday accident, which injured dozens aboard the train traveling to Chicago from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jury begins deliberations in Sears Tower terror plot case

MIAMI - Jurors began deliberations Monday on charges against seven men accused of conspiring to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and blow up FBI offices in an attempt to start an anti-government insurrection.

The members of the so-called 'Liberty City Seven' face sentences of up to 70 years in prison if convicted of four terrorism-related conspiracy charges, including plotting to wage war on the U.S. and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida.

The jury got the case following a two-month trial. The panel deliberated just a few hours before adjourning for the day because one juror had a doctor's appointment. They were scheduled to resume today.

Man pleads guilty to abducting 2 Idaho children

BOISE, Idaho - A man who murdered the family of two young siblings, then sexually abused the children before killing one of them at a remote Montana campsite, pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges that could lead to his execution.

Joseph Edward Duncan III did not make a plea deal with prosecutors and earlier pleaded guilty to state charges. He told the judge he wants to take responsibility for his actions.

'I will continue to accept that responsibility to the death,' he said.

Duncan admitted kidnapping Shasta Groene, then 8, and her 9-year-old brother, Dylan, sexually abusing them and killing the boy.

Storm slams the Northwest

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A powerful Pacific storm battered the Northwest on Monday, blocking roads with fallen trees and flood waters, blacking out thousands of customers and icing up mountain highways.

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a statewide emergency. Helicopter rescues were being launched for stranded hikers and some homeowners trapped by flooding, state emergency management officials said.

Mudslides halted north-south Amtrak passenger train service between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Astronauts arrive for Thursday's shuttle launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Seven astronauts arrived for the start of countdown to Thursday's space shuttle launch as NASA wrapped up repairs on Atlantis' fuel tank.

Damage was discovered Friday to the insulating foam on the shuttle's 15-story external tank. NASA doesn't know how or when the gouges to the foam occurred, but the damage is considered minor.

New patches of foam have been applied. It will take 16 hours for the foam to harden properly, in plenty of time for liftoff late Thursday afternoon, said NASA test director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

Now that it's repaired, the foam should pose no threat to Atlantis during launch, said Blackwell-Thompson.

- From wire reports