N.Y.'s new governor admits affairs with several women

ALBANY, N.Y. - The state's new governor revealed Tuesday that he had affairs with several women, including a state employee. The confession came a day after he took over from former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was driven from office amid a prostitution scandal.

Gov. David Paterson said the affairs happened during a rough patch in his marriage, and that the employee did not work for him. He insisted he did not advance her career, and that no campaign or state money was spent on the affairs.

'I do not feel I have broken my commitment to the citizens of New York state,' Paterson said at a news conference with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson.

Floods in Mo., Ark. blamed for 2 deaths

ST. LOUIS - Heavy rain caused widespread flooding Tuesday in Missouri, chasing hundreds of people from their homes. The storm, which covered much of the nation's center, was blamed for at least two deaths.

Gov. Matt Blunt activated the Missouri National Guard as high water closed hundreds of roads.

The storm system also caused flooding in Arkansas and grounded hundreds of airline flights in Texas. One control tower at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was briefly evacuated when a funnel cloud was spotted.

The National Weather Service posted flood and flash flood warnings from Texas to Ohio, with tornado watches in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Ringleader of body parts scheme pleads guilty

NEW YORK - The mastermind of a scheme to plunder corpses from funeral homes and sell them for millions of dollars pleaded guilty Tuesday in a deal that could send him to prison for the next five decades.

Michael Mastromarino, a 44-year-old former oral surgeon, confessed to the judge that he carried out the scheme from 2001 to 2005. He will face between 18 years and 54 years and will have to forfeit $4.68 million.

Detroit council OKs resolution asking mayor to step down

DETROIT - The Detroit City Council on Tuesday called for the resignation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is being investigated over an alleged affair he swore under oath he did not have. He quickly rejected the request.

The resolution, passed 7-1, amounted to a 'no-confidence' vote because the council lacks the power to force Kilpatrick to step down.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is investigating whether the mayor and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty lied under oath when they testified in a whistle-blowers' lawsuit that they had not had a physical relationship.

Man in hospital claiming to have detonator killed

BOULDER, Colo. - A man in a wheelchair at a hospital who claimed his oxygen tank had a detonator was fatally shot by police after a four-hour standoff Monday.

Terrance Baughman, 32, was shot in the chest and died about seven hours later after undergoing surgery at Boulder Community Hospital, police said.

It wasn't clear why Baughman was at the hospital. He was a Boulder resident who had once been a patient there.

Astronauts prepare to attach robot to space station

HOUSTON - Now that the space station's new robot is fully assembled, astronauts prepared to attach the giant machine directly to the orbiting outpost for the first time on Tuesday.

Astronauts Richard Linnehan and Robert Behnken went on a spacewalk Monday to add a tool belt and two cameras that will serve as the robot's eyes as it helps maintain the station.

The robot, called Dextre, flew in pieces to the station aboard the shuttle Endeavour. It has been assembled over the course of three spacewalks.

Woman who piloted planes as a girl dies at 26 in suicide

PITTSBURGH - Vicki Van Meter, celebrated for piloting a plane across the country at age 11 and from the U.S. to Europe at age 12, has died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Crawford County coroner said. She was 26.

Van Meter died Saturday and her body was found in her Meadville home on Sunday.

Her brother said she battled depression and opposed medication, but her family thought she had been dealing with her problems.

Man convicted of manslaughter in torture, killing

NEW YORK - Jurors, who heard weeks of gruesome testimony about the torture and killing of a 7-year-old girl, convicted her stepfather of manslaughter Tuesday but decided against a murder count that could have sent him to prison for life.

Cesar Rodriguez faces up to 25 years in prison for the death of Nixzmary Brown, a tiny, malnourished girl whose case shocked the city and prompted child welfare reforms.