Man charged in killings of 2 guards at ATM machine
' PHILADELPHIA - A convicted bank robber charged with killing two armored car guards spotted the vehicle on the road and followed it to the ATM machine, a homicide detective said Saturday.
Mustafa Ali, 36, of Philadelphia, then shot the two retired Philadelphia police officers as they serviced the cash machine, police said.
""He follows the truck, he sees an opportunity and he takes it,' said the detective, who worked on the case but requested anonymity because he is not a supervisor and is not authorized to comment publicly.
Police nab sex offender accused of running off with girl he met online
' ORLANDO, Fla. - A sex offender accused of running off with a 15-year-old Florida girl and then releasing her at a Wal-Mart store earlier this week has been arrested, police said Saturday.
William Joe Mitchell, 46, was arrested by Virginia State Police at a gas station in Winchester, Va., according the Polk County Sheriff's Office in central Florida.
The girl sneaked out of her house before dawn on Monday. Her disappearance spurred a statewide manhunt that ended a day later. She told friends she was running away for love, to be with a boy she met online. She believed Mitchell was in his early 20s.
Bush talks compromise on children's health care bill
' WASHINGTON - President Bush signaled a willingness Saturday to spend more than what he had recommended for a popular children's health program, but provided no specifics on how much higher he would go.
The president on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would increase spending for the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has called for a $5 billion increase. Several Republicans in both chambers have sided with Democratic lawmakers on the issue.
Chrysler, UAW in talks
' DETROIT - Negotiators with the United Auto Workers union and Chrysler LLC were at the bargaining table Saturday as efforts to reach a tentative contract agreement intensified.
Chrysler spokeswoman Michele Tinson confirmed that both parties were talking. A message was left for UAW spokesman Roger Kerson seeking comment.
The UAW reached a tentative agreement with General Motors Corp. on Sept. 26 but the agreement must be ratified by a majority of GM's UAW members to take effect. Members began voting last week and are expected to wrap up votes by Wednesday.
Pair ties the knot in Wal-Mart lawn and garden section
' SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, wedding in lawn and garden.
Employees Chet Eldridge and Danna Hornback tied the knot Thursday amid the retailer's flowers, shrubs and lawn chairs.
Eldridge, 51, an automotive manager, and Hornback, 45, an arts and crafts associate, met during the store's employee orientation. She agreed to their first date in the furniture section. After the couple became engaged, a manager suggested they exchange vows at the store.
""We met here; he asked me out here. Why not?' Hornback said.
The only unexpected turn occurred when the familiar ""Attention Wal-Mart shoppers' announcement over the public address system broke into the ceremony.
Report: Gunman's ex-wife sought half of property
' ALEXANDRIA, La. - A 63-year-old man who killed two people and wounded three others at a downtown law firm was involved in a divorce settlement in which his ex-wife laid claim to half his property, court records show.
John C. Ashley was killed in a 10-hour standoff with police that ended around 12:30 a.m. Friday. Police say the retired city maintenance worker's anger over the divorce settlement may have triggered the rampage.
Bus used by hockey team will haul family with 17 kids
' PORT HURON, Mich. - A big brood needs a big bus - a really big bus.
A 15-bed bus once used to transport the now-defunct Port Huron Flags minor league hockey team has been sold to an Arkansas couple with 17 children.
When the team folded in May, Fred Minnie posted an ad trying to sell the bus in an auto magazine. He was contacted by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose 17th child Jennifer Danielle was born Aug. 2.
""There's not too many of those buses with 15 beds in it,' Minnie said.
Second man convicted in 1999 killing of businessman
' LOS ANGELES - A man was convicted of murdering a businessman who was stuffed in the trunk of his Bentley and died as his kidnappers fled police eight years ago.
Boris Graham, 37, was convicted Friday in Superior Court and could face life in prison without possibility of parole. During trial, prosecutors said DNA evidence linked him to a ski mask found in the car.
The conviction will be appealed, his attorney Marilynn VanDam said.