Girl, 6, found dead, sexually assaulted

CORSICANA, Texas - A 6-year-old girl was found hanged inside her family's garage and had been sexually assaulted before she died, police said Wednesday.

Authorities have made no arrests or named any suspects since Hannah Mack's body was discovered by her mother on Monday. They are saying little about their investigation.

'I will confirm that the hanging and sexual assault were part of this scenario,' Navarro County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Cox said.

Cox said several people have been interviewed and no one has been ruled out as a suspect.

Military files order against astronaut

ORLANDO, Fla. - The military has entered a protective order barring former astronaut Lisa Nowak from contact with the woman she is accused of attacking.

The protective order was entered into court record Monday, the same day Circuit Court Judge Marc Lubet pushed back Nowak's Sept. 24 trial date. Signed by Nowak, it also prevents her from entering Brevard County, where Colleen Shipman lives, and traveling to Florida for any reason besides court.

College cartoonist resigns after protest

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A college newspaper columnist who resigned for depicting Ethiopians in a food fight acknowledged his images undermined his serious message about famine.

Grant Woolard, a senior at the University of Virginia, said he intended to raise awareness about a global issue using what he saw as humor. But the message, he discovered, was lost in his imagery of nine gaunt black men fighting with a tree branch, a pillow and other makeshift weapons.

The cartoon, titled 'Ethiopian Food Fight,' appeared in the Sept. 4 comics page of the Cavalier Daily.

Court throws out murder conviction

HOUSTON - A man condemned for killing and beheading his common-law wife's three children had his conviction overturned Wednesday by a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In a 5-4 ruling, the state's highest criminal appeals court said John Allen Rubio's conviction and death sentence four years ago were improper because statements from his common-law wife, Angela Camacho, erroneously were allowed into evidence.

She refused to testify, so Rubio's lawyers could not challenge Camacho's statements by cross-examining her, the court said.

Three statements she made about the slayings - two in writing and one on a videotape - were offered into testimony by a police officer at Rubio's trial. The trial judge, over objections from Rubio's lawyers, allowed the testimony.

Three killed in Army helicopter crash

SKYLINE, Ala. - An Army helicopter on a training flight in foggy weather struck a power line and crashed in a pasture in northeast Alabama, killing all three soldiers on board, officials said Wednesday.

The UH-60 Black Hawk was based at Fort Campbell, Ky., where base spokesman Sgt. Mark Swart said the military had yet to release the names of the victims. They were identified by the military as members of the 101st Aviation Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Man pleads guilty to gruesome murder

MINEOLA, N.Y. - A resident of an exclusive gated community has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the slaying of a neighbor whose head was found in the trunk of his car.

Evan Marshall, 32, a bedding salesman, entered the plea Wednesday to murder, assault and other charges about a week before jury selection was to begin in his trial.

Marshall was arrested a year ago in the death of retired schoolteacher Denice Fox, his neighbor in Glen Cove on Long Island.

Senate Democrats reject general's Iraq war plan

WASHINGTON - A day before Bush was to deliver a major address on the war, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general's recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and called for legislation that would sharply limit the mission of U.S. forces.

Their proposal was not expected to set a deadline to end the war, as many Democrats want, but instead restrict troops to a narrow set of objectives: training the Iraqi military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists, party officials told the Associated Press.

The goal of the tempered measure is to attract enough Republican votes to break the 60-vote threshold in the Senate needed to end a filibuster.