NYC St. Patrick's Day parade draws revelers from Ireland

NEW YORK - The bagpipes were playing 'God Bless America.' But Joan Morgan, who came from Ireland to attend New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, felt more than right at home.

'It's much more Irish than at home,' Morgan, who hails from the village of Kilcoo, in County Down, Northern Ireland, observed Monday.

Morgan, joined by relatives Mairead McCawley of Kilcoo and Anne Previdi of Long Island, snagged a prime viewing spot across from St. Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate amid the marchers, step dancers, men in kilts, smiles and - of course - green in all its forms.

Previdi sported an Irish pin, a shamrock headband, a shirt brought over by a cousin, and an Irish flag. 'It's fabulous. You couldn't ask for a better day,' she said.

Ex-governor says report of threesomes with his wife is true

TRENTON, N.J. - He says yes. She says no. He says yes.

Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey said Monday he and his wife and a male aide engaged in sexual threesomes, contradicting a denial issued hours earlier by his estranged wife.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, the nation's first openly gay governor said published reports by former campaign aide Teddy Pedersen were true.

In interviews posted online Sunday night by The Star-Ledger of Newark and the New York Post, Pedersen said he had consensual sex with the couple for about two years before McGreevey became governor. He said he had contact only with Dina Matos McGreevey during the trysts, and wasn't sure whether McGreevey was gay.

Death toll to 7 in crane collapse

NEW YORK - The last of seven bodies was pulled from the rubble Monday at the site of a crane collapse that obliterated a town house and severely damaged other buildings.

Six construction workers and a woman in town for St. Patrick's Day were killed Saturday when the crane broke away from an apartment tower under construction and toppled like a tree onto buildings as far as a block away. The last three bodies were found Monday.

A preliminary city investigation found that the crane toppled after a steel collar used to tie it to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it.

Flying-saucer house sells for just $135K

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The sale price for a Chattanooga, Tenn., house shaped like a flying saucer is nothing to phone home about.

The Space House sold at auction Saturday for a down-to-earth bid of $135,000. Auctioneer Terry Posey says he's surprised bidding didn't go higher. The sale of the 38-year-old, three-bedroom structure perched on six 'landing gear' legs attracted worldwide attention.

Posey says Pearl Johnson of Cincinnati bought the mountainside house but didn't want to discuss the transaction.

Astronauts flex arms of space station robot for first time

HOUSTON - Astronauts flexed the giant arms of the international space station's new robot for the first time, testing the brakes and maneuvering the appendages into position for a Monday night spacewalk.

All the brakes on the Canadian-built robot named Dextre passed the test but one in the wrist joint of its left arm. That brake slipped a tad more than engineers wanted, but officials weren't concerned.

Judge says ex-cop suspected in wife's disappearance can have his cars back

JOLIET, Ill. - Former police officer Drew Peterson entered a courtroom Monday for the first time since being named a suspect in his wife's disappearance, winning a judge's order that investigators return seized cars and computers to him.

The former Bolingbrook sergeant has denied involvement in the disappearance of his wife, Stacy, who hasn't been seen since October.

Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt said Peterson can pick up his SUV and car today, and he can get his computers along with copies of their hard drives within 15 days.

Jurors deliberating in pathologist's trial

PITTSBURGH - Jurors began deliberating Monday whether celebrity pathologist Cyril Wecht should be convicted of using public employees, resources and equipment to benefit his multimillion-dollar private practice.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Wilson had told the jurors that Allegheny County voters and taxpayers were entitled to Wecht's honest service when he served as coroner from 1996 until he resigned after being indicted in January 2006.