Man charged with killing Auburn student after car chase

AUBURN, Ala. - A man arrested after a car and foot chase by police, who suspected him in a string of robberies, was charged with capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student, police said Saturday.

Courtney Lockhart was arrested Friday in Phenix City, about 30 miles from the campus where 18-year-old Lauren Burk was a freshman. She was found shot on the side of an off-campus road Tuesday night and her car was found burning in a campus parking lot.

Lockhart tried to flee Phenix City police after being pulled over Friday, Auburn Assistant Police Chief Thomas Dawson said.

'His car matched the description of a vehicle in a string of robberies,' Dawson said. When an officer approached the car at the traffic stop, Lockhart drove off, Dawson said.

Detectives release ATM photo of suspect in UNC student's murder

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Detectives are searching for a man photographed using the ATM card of the University of North Carolina student body president found shot to death on a city street, police said Saturday.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran released two surveillance photos of the suspect taken at an ATM machine in Chapel Hill, but declined to say when or exactly where the photos were taken. Police also released a photo of a baseball cap the suspect appears to be wearing in both of the surveillance pictures.

Eve Carson, 22, of Athens was found Wednesday morning lying on a street about a mile from campus. She had been shot several times, including once in the right temple. Her sport utility vehicle was discovered Thursday, a few hours after police positively identified her as the victim.

Convict charged in deaths of brother, 5 others in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A convicted killer recently released from prison was charged Saturday in the deaths of six people, including his brother and two children, authorities said.

Jessie L. Dotson, 33, was arrested on Friday - five days after the bodies were discovered in a small rental house in a rough, low-income neighborhood called Binghampton. Three other children were found critically wounded.

Dotson was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said. Among those killed was Dotson's brother, Cecil, 30, who was the father of all the children ages 9, 7, 5, 4 and 2 months. Police have not said which children died.

Meat worker says he was 'following orders' in video of cattle abuse

ADELANTO, Calif. - A former slaughterhouse worker who was videotaped abusing ailing cattle in a case that led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history said in a jailhouse interview that he was only following orders.

Luis Sanchez said he felt bad when he saw how the cows were treated at Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., and insisted his boss taught him to use a forklift to move so-called downer cows along the slaughter line.

Countdown begins for shuttle launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The countdown began Saturday for NASA's next shuttle launch, an unusually long space station mission by Endeavour.

Endeavour is scheduled to blast off at 2:28 a.m. Tuesday. Good weather is expected; forecasters put the odds at 90 percent.

Man gets $1.3M for use of excessive force by police

LOS ANGELES - A jury awarded a man a $1.3 million verdict, saying deputies used excessive force when they peppered his sport utility vehicle with 66 bullets.

Winston Hayes, 46, suffered nine bullet wounds when deputies fired 120 shots at him at the end of a low-speed pursuit on May 9, 2005. More than half the bullets hit Hayes' vehicle.

Police find woman's body in dry ice

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Police discovered the body of a woman packed in a large container with dry ice in a hotel room as they were serving a search warrant in a cocaine investigation, authorities said Friday.

Detectives found the fully clothed and 'well preserved' body late Thursday after arresting a guest at the Fairmont Newport Beach for investigation of selling and possessing cocaine on the hotel grounds, police Sgt. Evan Sailor said.