Five found guilty in Chicago mob trial
CHICAGO - A federal jury found five aging men guilty Monday in a racketeering conspiracy that involved decades of extortion, loan sharking and murder aimed at rubbing out anyone who dared stand in the way of the ruthless Chicago mob.
The verdicts capped an extraordinary 10-week trial that laid bare some of the inner workings of The Outfit.
The prosecution's star witness was an admitted hit man who took the stand against his own brother to spell out the allegations, crime by crime. The jury heard about 18 unsolved killings, including the beating death and cornfield burial of Tony 'The Ant' Spilotro, the mob's man in Las Vegas and the inspiration for Joe Pesci's character in the 1995 movie 'Casino.'
Man gets 24 years for terror training
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California man was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison Monday for attending an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Pakistan and plotting to attack targets in the United States.
Hamid Hayat, a U.S. citizen who turned 25 on Monday, was convicted in April 2006 of providing material support to terrorists and lying about it to FBI agents. Prosecutors said he intended to attack hospitals, banks, grocery stores and government buildings.
Woman shot to death at Wis. plant
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - A gunman in camouflage killed a former co-worker inside a Wisconsin factory early Monday, then committed suicide as officers searched the sprawling building, police said.
Police identified the shooter as Shadow Yang, 40, and the victim as Christina Wollenzien, 29. Both lived in Sheboygan.
Wollenzien was an assembly line worker in Rockline Industries' coffee filter division and had worked in the same area as Yang until about a year ago, a company official said.
She was on the job Monday when she was shot to death around 4:30 a.m., police Lt. Michael Williams said. Her attacker fired one shot, hitting her in the stomach, then, when she tried to get away, he shot her in the head, said Kirk Engholt, vice president of human resources for Rockline.
Focus on Family gets IRS reprieve
DENVER - Focus on the Family chairman James Dobson has been cleared of accusations that he endangered his organization's nonprofit status by endorsing Republican candidates in 2004, an Internal Revenue Service audit found.
The IRS said Dobson, who backed President Bush's re-election bid, was acting as an individual and not on behalf of the conservative Christian ministry.
Craig files papers to withdraw plea
MINNEAPOLIS - Sen. Larry Craig filed court papers Monday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by media inquiries into his sexuality.
Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following his June arrest in a sting operation in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis airport. A police report alleged that Craig had solicited sex from a male officer at the airport, which the senator has denied.
In a 'state of intense anxiety' following his arrest, Craig 'felt compelled to grasp the lifeline offered to him by the police officer' and plead guilty to the disorderly conduct charge in hopes the matter would not be made public, said the court papers filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Fossett search enters second week
MINDEN, Nev. - Dozens of airplanes and helicopters took off at dawn Monday to crisscross the Nevada high desert on the eighth day of the search for missing aviator and adventurer Steve Fossett.
There hasn't been a trace of Fossett or the single-engine airplane he was piloting since he took off from an airstrip at an isolated ranch Sept. 3.
Hopes were suddenly raised - but just as quickly dashed - Sunday afternoon with a false sighting, adding to the growing frustration felt as search parties have spotted wreckage of eight other airplanes that had been lost for years in and around the rugged mountains of western Nevada.
Super Bowl stunt back in courtroom
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court today will consider whether a notorious 'wardrobe malfunction' that bared singer Janet Jackson's breast during a televised 2004 Super Bowl halftime show was indecent, or merely a fleeting and accidental glitch that shouldn't be punished.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will hear arguments about the Feb. 1, 2004 halftime show when 90 million Americans watched singer Justin Timberlake pull off part of Janet Jackson's bustier, briefly exposing one of her breasts. The episode was later explained as a problem with her costume.