Estranged relative charged in Hudson deaths

CHICAGO - Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three of her family members.

Prosecutors handed down formal charges against William Balfour in the deaths of Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, said Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Balfour had been in custody on a parole violation since the bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered in their home Oct. 24. The body of young Julian King, Balfour's stepson, was found in a sport utility vehicle three days later.

All three had been shot to death.

Court orders new sentencing for bin Laden aide

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing Tuesday for a former top aide to Osama bin Laden, who was convicted of stabbing a guard in the face with a sharpened comb.

A trial judge was wrong to rule the stabbing by Mamdouh Mahmud Salim wasn't part of a terrorism plot, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said. As a terrorism case, Salim's sentence could be extended from 32 years to life in prison.

Barbara Bush discharged from hospital

HOUSTON - Former first lady Barbara Bush was released from a hospital Tuesday, a week after she underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Former President George H.W. Bush said the 'silver fox' was in good condition.

'I can report that Barb is feeling much, much better, and I'll be glad to get her home and she is doing well,' he said at a news conference. He thanked the Methodist Hospital staff for taking care of his wife.

Chained teen shows up at Calif. gym, 2 arrested

SAN FRANCISCO - A husband and wife have been charged with torture and other counts after a bruised, terrified 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, claiming he had just fled his captors, authorities said Tuesday.

Kelly Layne Lau, 30, and Michael Schumacher, 34, were arrested late Monday, said Matt Robinson, a spokesman for police in Tracy.

They had been taken into custody for questioning earlier in the day at their home in Tracy, where the emaciated boy was allegedly held against his will. A search of the home turned up evidence implicating the couple, Robinson said. Tracy is about 60 miles east of San Francisco.

They were charged with torture, kidnapping and child abuse, and were set to appear in court Thursday, officials said.

Police said they were searching for a third suspect but wouldn't give details.

Man sentenced in video of toddlers

smoking pot case

FORT WORTH, Texas - One of two men videotaped coaxing two toddlers into smoking marijuana pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced Tuesday to up to seven years in prison.

Vanswan Polty pleaded guilty to two charges of causing injury to a child and three unrelated burglary charges before his trial began. He had faced from five years to life in prison if convicted of the charge he had faced, engaging in criminal activity.

Polty, 20, and Demetris McCoy, 18, were videotaped coaxing McCoy's then 2- and 4-year-old nephews into smoking marijuana. Police found the tape while searching a house during a burglary investigation in 2007. Drug tests performed on the youngsters revealed they had marijuana and cocaine in their systems.

Clintons' ex-NY neighbor gets 25 years for murder

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A man who lived a few doors down from Bill and Hillary Clinton was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his wife.

Carlos Perez-Olivo, 60, listened impassively as Westchester County Judge Barbara Zambelli imposed the maximum sentence and said, 'You are a master of deceit who contrived a diabolical plan to murder your wife for your own financial gain.'

Perez-Olivo, a disbarred lawyer, was convicted two months ago of second-degree murder and weapon possession in the death of his 55-year-old wife, Peggy.

She was shot in the back of the head in November 2006 as they drove home to the New York City suburb where the couple lived.