Pa. boy sentenced to seven years for stockpiling guns

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A 14-year-old boy who admitted that he planned a Columbine-style attack on a high school outside Philadelphia was sentenced Wednesday to up to seven years in a juvenile treatment facility.

Dillon Cossey will remain in the facility until he turns 21, unless the courts decide he has been sufficiently rehabilitated before then, Montgomery County Judge Paul Tressler ruled.

Dillon had admitted in juvenile court that he committed three felonies - criminal solicitation, risking a catastrophe and possession of an instrument of crime.

Dillon, who was arrested in October, felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said.

Man wanted in student's death arrested in Mexico

EL DORADO, Kan. - A man suspected in the slaying of a college student who led a secret life as an Internet porn performer was arrested Wednesday in Mexico, authorities said.

Israel Mireles, 24, was arrested on a Butler County homicide warrant at a relative's home in Melchor Muzquiz, Mexico, about 70 miles southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. He was being held there pending extradition, U.S. Deputy Marshal Logan Kline said.

Mireles has been charged with capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the death of 18-year-old Emily Sander, Butler County prosecutor Jan Satterfield said. Investigators believe Sander's killing was planned, she said.

Explosion, fire at chemical plant kills 3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An explosion and fire at a chemical plant killed three people Wednesday and injured at least 14, fire officials said.

Six people were initially missing at the T2 Laboratories Inc. plant, but three were found, said Tom Francis, a fire rescue spokesman. Fourteen were taken to hospitals, but he did not say what their condition was.

Fort Riley soldier sentenced for shooting death

TOPEKA, Kan. - An Army soldier stationed at Fort Riley has been sentenced to six months in a military prison for the shooting death of a fellow soldier at an off-base apartment.

Sgt. Castulo J. Salas, 27, was convicted last week in a general court martial on charges of negligent homicide, obstruction of justice and wrongfully leaving the scene of a shooting without providing assistance. A military judge sentenced him to serve time at the Fort Sill, Okla., Regional Confinement Facility.

Salas was convicted in the unintentional shooting death on July 28 of Spc. Christian Quinones, who died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The soldiers, both from San Diego, were celebrating Quinones' 21st birthday at an apartment in Junction City. They were assigned to the 1st Armored Division's 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor.

Santa riding on truck knocked out by thrown object

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man dressed as Santa Claus was knocked unconscious by a thrown object that hit his face while he was riding on the back of a truck decorated as a sleigh.

Kevin Smith says he never saw what hit him Saturday. Whatever it was, it broke his nose and gave him a concussion and two black eyes.

'One second I was up there waving to people, and the next minute I wasn't,' Smith said.

He was taking part in Santa Run, sponsored by the firefighters union, which features off-duty firefighters who dress up as Santa and ride through residential areas handing out candy to children.

Other volunteers realized something was wrong after they hadn't heard from Smith for a few minutes. They stopped the truck and found him lying unconscious.

'Toilet paper' bride ties the knot in NYC restroom

NEW YORK - If you're the kind to need a tissue at weddings, this was the place to be Wednesday.

Jennifer Cannon wore a dress made of toilet paper when she was married to Doy Nichols at a public restroom in Times Square.

The intricately detailed dress - which looked at a glance like a regular wedding gown - was designed by Hanah Kim, winner of the 2007 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by

7.2 earthquake strikes Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A large earthquake rattled Alaska's seismically active Aleutian Islands, but there were no immediate reports of any damages or injuries.

The magnitude-7.2 quake struck at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and was centered about 125 miles west of Adak in the island chain, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

A dispatcher with the Anchorage Police Department said he didn't feel the quake, some 1,300 miles away, and there were no reports of any injuries or damages.

A separate earthquake of magnitude-4.0 shook the San Bernardino Mountains resort town of Big Bear City early Wednesday about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. There were no reports of any damages or injuries from the quake, which struck shortly before 4:15 a.m., a dispatcher with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

House approves $70B more for Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Congress approved $70 billion Wednesday for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a bitter finish for majority Democrats who tried to force a change in President Bush's war policy.

The House's 272-142 vote also sent the president a $555 billion catchall spending bill that combines the war money with money for 14 Cabinet departments.