Duncan gets death in killing of Idaho boy

BOISE, Idaho - Joseph Edward Duncan III was sentenced to death Wednesday for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of a northern Idaho boy after the federal jury deliberated just three hours.

The jurors' recommendation was binding on U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who thanked them, dismissed them and then issued the sentence. Duncan acted as his own attorney but had offered no response to prosecutors' argument that he deserves execution after the torment he inflicted on Dylan Groene. The boy's younger sister also was kidnapped and sexually abused but survived.

Jury gets case of Iraq deaths

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A federal jury on Wednesday began deliberating whether a former Marine squad leader committed manslaughter in Iraq, marking the first time in which civilians will decide whether the actions of a military service member during combat were criminal.

A prosecutor urged the jury to convict Jose Luis Nazario Jr.

Army opens prep school

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Austin Swarner left high school to care for his mother while she fought a losing battle with cancer. Tony Brown wanted to begin supporting himself and left two classes shy of a diploma. Haelee Holden got tired of trying to make it through school while flipping burgers until 1 a.m.

But the U.S. Army, eager to fill its ranks amid wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, doesn't see them as dropouts. They are recruits who only need a GED before they're ready to begin basic training.

And so, the Army formally opened its first prep school Wednesday.

'It's academic immersion,' explained Col. Jeffrey Sanderson, chief of staff at Fort Jackson, home of the Army's largest basic training school.

Jurors mull lawsuit over sexual abuse

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A St. Clair County jury deliberated Wednesday the case of a man suing the Diocese of Belleville over sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a priest in the 1970s.

James Wisniewski's attorney asked jurors to award more than $5 million in damages to his client. Wisniewski said he was an altar boy when the priest allegedly molested him.