Gunman wounds Ark. Democratic Party chairman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A gunman barged into the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday and shot the state party chairman three times, lay is not suspected and FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said Wednesday there was no apparent connection to terrorism.

The man's body was found Monday at the Burnsley Hotel about four blocks from the Colorado state Capitol, and investigators said he had been dead for several days.

Child killer's death penalty hearing begins

BOISE, Idaho - As a jury hears prosecutors explain why he should be put to death for killing four members of a family and kidnapping a fifth, a convicted pedophile may offer no substantial counter-argument for why he should live.

Joseph Edward Duncan III is representing himself at his death penalty hearing, joining federal prosecutors Wednesday morning in choosing six men and nine women for the 12-member jury and three alternates. Duncan's standby legal counsel, Judy Clarke, has said Duncan doesn't plan to offer any mitigation, such as evidence of his own traumatic childhood.

NY nuke plant to miss target date on sirens

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Another deadline will pass today without a new emergency siren system going into service around the Indian Point nuclear power plant, just 35 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

Plant owner Entergy Nuclear pledged in January that the state-of-the-art, 172-siren system would be completed and approved by its self-imposed deadline of today. It announced last week that its system was ready to go.

But the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that its approval process, required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, could not be completed by Thursday. The review is under way but it's unclear how long it will take.

SC bear back at animal refuge after 'cubnapping'

WELLFORD, S.C. - A stolen bear cub is back with his brother at a South Carolina animal park after being snatched and put on display at a truck stop.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that 31-year-old John Chadwick Montgomery was charged Tuesday with third-degree burglary and grand larceny.

Authorities say Montgomery took the 7-month-old cub from the Hollywild Animal Park on Saturday night. Workers say he planned to take a monkey but opted for the bear after another monkey attacked him.