Thousands mourn death of Mormon church president

SALT LAKE CITY - Thousands of believers were in mourning Monday following the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, the humble head of the Mormon church who added millions of new members and labored long to burnish the faith's image as a world religion. An announcement of his successor was not expected for days.

Hinckley, the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday of complications arising from old age, church spokesman Mike Otterson said. He was 97.

In a statement, President Bush praised Hinckley as a 'deeply patriotic man.'

Funeral services held for N.Y.-born officer killed in Ga.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Ricky Bryant Jr. died the way he lived - serving and protecting others, family and friends said as they laid the 26-year-old slain Georgia police officer to rest in his hometown Monday.

Nearly 1,000 people, including several hundred police officers, filled the Church of Love to mourn Bryant, who was killed Jan. 16 along with fellow DeKalb County Police Officer Eric Barker, 33, in an apparent ambush while they were working off-duty as security guards at a suburban Atlanta apartment complex.

The 2 hour, 15-minute service was filled with song, dance, poetry, Scripture and reflections on Bryant's life from loved ones.

'He was special. He gave to everyone. He loved everyone,' said Sheena Bryant, one of his four sisters. 'Ricky had an aura. Everyone wanted to be by him. If you were around him, he taught you something.'

Boulder police arrest suspect in 1997 rape, murder

BOULDER, Colo. - More than 10 years after a University of Colorado senior was raped and beaten to death, police think they've cracked the once-cold case.

Police armed with DNA evidence on Sunday announced the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Susannah Chase, who was found bleeding in an alley in December 1997.

Detective Chuck Heidel, who had worked the case from the start, broke the news to Chase's mother Friday. 'She is extremely happy, she and her family,' Heidel said.

The suspect, Diego Olmos-Alcalde, 38, was being held on $5 million bail on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree sex assault.

Mayor's chief of staff resigns amid scandal

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's chief of staff said Monday she is resigning amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office, Christine Beatty said she believes she can no longer effectively carry out her duties. Her resignation takes effect Feb. 8.

'I painfully regret the devastation that the recent reports have caused to the citizens of Detroit, to my co-workers, to the Mayor's family and to my family and friends,' Beatty wrote in the letter.

Kilpatrick spokesman James Canning said the mayor's office had no comment.

Retired lawyer sentenced in kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES - Seymour Lazar, who pleaded guilty in a lucrative kickback scheme involving class-action lawsuits against some of America's largest corporations, was sentenced Monday to six months home detention and two years probation.

He was also fined $600,000.

Federal prosecutors said Lazar, 80, was paid about $2.6 million to be a professional plaintiff and help the prestigious law firm now known as Milberg Weiss in its pursuit of the lawsuits.

The firm made an estimated $250 million over two decades by filing such legal actions, authorities said.

Steer bolts out an open gate, on the loose

CINCINNATI - Searchers on the ground and in a sheriff's department helicopter Monday were looking for an Angus steer that postponed its date with a slaughterhouse by bolting out a gate that had been inadvertently left open.

The more than 1,000-pound animal escaped from a slaughterhouse holding pen Monday morning and ran into the woods of suburban Cincinnati, according to Colerain Township police and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The steer was last seen heading into woods several blocks north of Stehlin's Meat Market and Interstate 275, said Dick Stehlin, co-owner of the meatpacking business. He said the bovine should be approached with caution.

- From wire reports