Police: Man shot up church over liberal views
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - An unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian Universalist church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its support of liberal social policies, police said Monday.
Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said a signed, four-page letter written by Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was found in his small SUV in the church parking lot. The gunfire punctuated a children's performance based on the musical 'Annie' Sunday, killing two and wounding seven.
'It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that and his stated hatred of the liberal movement,' Owen said at a news conference.
No children were hurt, but five people remained in serious or critical condition Monday.
Falling rock kills climber in Ore.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - A 55-year-old physician who had scaled Mount Hood died after being hit by falling rock on his way down, authorities said.
Mountaineers planned to start climbing Monday afternoon to retrieve the victim's body. The man, part of a climbing party, had descended to about 9,000 feet on the 11,239-foot peak when the accident happened Sunday.
The victim was identified as Dr. Gary Lee, a cancer specialist who had practiced in Eugene since 1984. His body was spotted Sunday evening by helicopter crews from the Oregon National Guard.
Judge allows child killer to represent self
BOISE, Idaho - A man who kidnapped two Idaho children and murdered one of them in 2005 is allowed to represent himself at his death penalty hearing, a federal judge decided Monday.
U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge made the ruling after repeatedly questioning Joseph Edward Duncan III about his wishes and asking him if he had any reservations about representing himself.
'I'm not a perfect person, and I make mistakes sometime,' Duncan told the judge. 'My only reservation is that I'm a human being.'
Man charged with killing parents held without bail
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Rhode Island man charged with killing his parents and burying their bodies in their backyard cesspool has been ordered held without bail.
James Soares appeared in Providence District Court on Monday. He was charged Sunday with two counts of murder in the deaths of 60-year-old James Soares Sr. and 53-year-old Marian Soares.
Police say Soares used a garden hoe to kill his parents July 9.
5 more arrested from west Texas polygamist sect
AUSTIN, Texas - A state law enforcement official said five indicted members of a polygamist sect in West Texas have turned themselves in to authorities.
The five men were indicted last week with Warren Jeffs, the already-jailed leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jeffs and four others were charged in Texas with felony sexual assault of a child. The fifth was charged with failing to report child abuse. One of the five was also charged with bigamy.
Bush projects record deficit
WASHINGTON - The next president will inherit a record budget deficit of $482 billion, according to a new Bush administration estimate released Monday.
The administration said the deficit was being driven to an all-time high by the sagging economy and the stimulus payments being made to 130 million households in an effort to keep the country from falling into a deep recession.
Prison terms for border agents upheld in court
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to throw out lengthy prison sentences for two U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed illegal immigrant and lying about it.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday upheld most of the convictions against former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Ramos and Compean were convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively.