Obama names Cabinet members
CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama picked a national security team headed by former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bush administration holdover Robert Gates on Monday, and said he wants to consult with military commanders before settling on a firm timetable to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq.
Obama named Clinton, a New York senator, as secretary of state and said Gates would remain as defense secretary, a post he has held for the past two years.
At a news conference, the president-elect also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security and Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations.
Lawyer: Trampled NY worker lacked crowd training
MINEOLA, N.Y. - A family attorney says a temporary worker trampled to death by customers at a New York Wal-Mart store had no training in crowd control.
Lawyer Jordan Hecht said Monday that Jdimytai Damour had been working at the Long Island store for only about a week when frenzied shoppers knocked him down on the day after Thanksgiving.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said a preliminary investigation shows Wal-Mart failed to provide adequate security outside the store.
Feds arrest Birmingham mayor on bribery
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The mayor of Alabama's largest city, Larry Langford, was arrested Monday on charges of steering millions of dollars of bond work to a friend in exchange for more than $230,000 in bribes that paid his debts for flashy clothes, jewelry and Rolex watches.
The bond deals - which funded years of work on a substandard county sewer system - went sour and have helped push surrounding Jefferson County to the brink of filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Federal prosecutors said Langford, Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre were charged in a 101-count indictment.
'Rockefeller' to get half his gold back
BOSTON - The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller will get back about half of the gold coins and cash seized by authorities after he was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors agreed Monday to turn over 160 gold coins - worth about $140,000 - and $6,480 in cash so he can pay for his defense. Prosecutors and the man's attorneys said the money came from a divorce settlement with his ex-wife.
He has pleaded not guilty to parental kidnapping.
Authorities say Rockefeller is actually German citizen Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who has been labeled a 'person of interest' in the 1985 disappearance of a San Marino, Calif., couple.
Former aide of Detroit mayor pleads guilty
DETROIT - Stoic and publicly silent through months of a sex scandal, the woman whose relationship with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick led to his downfall broke her silence Monday, shedding tears as she pleaded guilty.
Christine Beatty, a former aide to Kilpatrick, accepted a four-month jail sentence in exchange for admitting to obstruction of justice charges for her actions in a lawsuit brought by two police officers. The officers claimed Kilpatrick retaliated against them when they suspected wrongdoing by members of his inner circle.
Sexually explicit text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty, published in January by the Detroit Free Press, contradicted witness-stand denials they were having an affair. Both were married at the time.
Parents: Slain anchorwoman was sexually assaulted
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The parents of the television anchorwoman who was beaten to death said Monday there is evidence their daughter also was sexually assaulted, and that she broke her hand fighting her attacker.
Five days after a suspect was arrested in the Oct. 20 beating of KATV anchorwoman Anne Pressly, Guy and Patti Cannady said on NBC's 'Today' that the family still has many questions about the killing.
Guy Cannady said that while the police theory is that Pressly interrupted a random robbery, he isn't convinced of that.