Wis. lawmaker arrested on alcohol, pot charges

MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin lawmaker has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of marijuana.

State Rep. Jeffrey Wood apologized Monday for acting irresponsibly, saying there was 'no excuse for my actions.'

The Wisconsin State Patrol did not release details on what led to Wood's arrest early Friday in south-central Wisconsin, far from the northwestern district he represents.

District Attorney Jane Kohlwey said she had not yet filed charges against Wood and was waiting for police reports.

Roof collapses in midst of SoCal storm

LOS ANGELES - A powerful storm slammed into the state Monday, producing heavy rain that collapsed a roof at an occupational school and forced hundreds to flee homes in an area devastated by recent wildfires.

At higher elevations, heavy snow in a mountain pass east of Los Angeles closed the main route connecting Las Vegas to Southern California. North of the city, the main route to San Francisco was snarled by snow that forced the state Highway Patrol to shepherd motorists over another pass in caravans.

At least two people were killed in traffic accidents linked to the storm in Southern California. A state Highway Patrol officer directing traffic was struck and killed east of Los Angeles, the Highway Patrol told KABC-TV and KCBS-TV. In the San Diego area, at least one person died when an armored truck slid off a wet highway and rolled down an embankment, the Highway Patrol said.

Ill. House speaker starts process for impeachment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The speaker of the Illinois House took the first step Monday toward impeaching scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich, appointing a committee to recommend whether he should be ousted after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

'We're going to proceed with all due speed, but we're going to make sure that what we do is done correctly,' said Speaker Michael Madigan, who often has clashed with fellow Democrat Blagojevich.

Once the committee makes a recommendation, the full House will formally decide whether to file impeachment charges. The Senate then would rule on the charges.

Reputed drug lord held without bail awaiting trial

MIAMI - Reputed Colombian drug lord Diego Montoya will be held without bail in Florida until his U.S. trial on cocaine smuggling and other charges.

A federal judge issued the order Monday at Montoya's first U.S. court appearance in Miami since his extradition from Colombia last week. Montoya was brought into court wearing shackles and said little at the hearing.

He is expected to enter a plea in January to a 12-count federal indictment. His attorney declined comment after the hearing.

Prosecutors said Montoya led Colombia's violent North Valley Cartel, which is blamed for smuggling some $10 billion in cocaine to the U.S. beginning in the mid-1990s.

ND woman arrested after son found in freezing temp

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Police in North Dakota said a woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old son was found outside dressed only in a shirt, shorts and boots when the temperature was 15 below zero.

Police said the boy was found outside Monday morning when the wind chill factor was about 38 below zero. He was taken to a Grand Forks hospital and found to be in good condition.

Police Capt. Kerwin Kjelstrom said the boy 'couldn't have been outside more than four or five minutes' considering the weather.

ATF: Accelerant poured around Palin's church

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal investigators in Alaska said an accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin's home church before it was heavily damaged by a fire.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday that the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances.

Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent Nick Starcevic said laboratory tests will determine what the accelerant was.

The blaze was set at the main entrance of the Wasilla Bible Church on Friday evening while a small group, including two children, were inside. No one was injured.