Police: Autopsy shows gunman killed himself
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center shot himself in the head and died after being hit by shots from a church security officer, police said Tuesday.
Matthew Murray, 24, was struck multiple times by a security officer at New Life Church on Sunday, but his death was ruled a suicide, the El Paso County Coroner's Office concluded after an autopsy.
Murray shot himself in the head, said police Sgt. Skip Arms.
Judge denies bail for teacher accused of sex with teen
OMAHA, Neb. - A former teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student said Monday it was the boy's idea to flee to Mexico and that he told her he would kill her if she left him.
'He was pressuring me and that's why we chose to leave,' Kelsey Peterson said at a pretrial hearing where U.S. Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett denied bail, saying Peterson was a flight risk.
Peterson said the boy left bruises on her arms and chest, told her what to wear and threatened her life. She said he was in a gang and had her name tattooed across his chest, and that the boy's family knew about and encouraged their relationship.
The boy's lawyers disputed Peterson's allegations and accused her attorney of lying and using Mexican stereotypes to cloud facts of the case.
Suspect in wife's disappearance asks for donations
CHICAGO - A former police officer suspected in his wife's disappearance has set up a Web site to ask for financial help with his legal defense.
Drew Peterson's site says he wants to collect money from people who believe he deserves a defense without going broke.
'For the cost of a few cups of your morning coffee, you can help to ensure that Drew can afford to support his ongoing legal defense, find his missing wife and divert any remaining funds into a trust for his children,' the site says.
Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, said Tuesday any money collected on DefendDrew.com will go into a trust account over which Peterson will have no control.
Alleged 'Dinnertime Bandit' pleads not guilty in break-ins
STAMFORD, Conn. - The man police say is the 'dinnertime bandit' who broke into wealthy homes during the evening pleaded not guilty Tuesday, weeks after he was extradited from Belgium after nine years on the run.
Alan W. Golder, 52, faces nearly 40 felony counts, including burglary, larceny, robbery and kidnapping, in the break-ins that occurred in the 1990s. He will return to court Jan. 16 to argue for a reduction in his $3 million bond.
Pentagon: Mail to 'Any Wounded Soldier' will be returned, tossed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Hundreds of thousands of holiday cards and letters thanking wounded American troops for their sacrifice and wishing them well never reach their destination. They are returned to sender or thrown away unopened.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks and the anthrax scare, the Pentagon and the Postal Service have refused to deliver mail addressed simply to 'Any Wounded Soldier' for fear terrorists or opponents of the war might send toxic substances or demoralizing messages.
Mail must be addressed to a specific member of the armed forces - a rule that pains some well-meaning Americans this Christmas season.
Spy court won't release documents on wiretapping
WASHINGTON - The nation's spy court said Tuesday that it will not release its documents regarding the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in a rare on-the-record opinion, said the public has no right to view the documents because they deal with the clandestine workings of national security agencies.
The American Civil Liberties Union asked the court to release the records in August.
Study: Overall teen drug use down
WASHINGTON - Illicit drug use by teens continued to gradually decline overall this year, but the use of prescription painkillers remains popular among young people, according to a federally financed study released Tuesday at the White House.
The survey, by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, looked at the behavior of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders nationwide. The study, in its 33rd year, found that overall drug use is falling, thanks to a drop in the popularity of marijuana and methamphetamines. But it also found that teen use of other drugs, such as cocaine, is holding steady, and narcotics like OxyContin and Vicodin remain in vogue.