Vick trial date on dogfighting charges rescheduled

SUSSEX, Va. - Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges was rescheduled on Tuesday for June 27.

Surry County Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett set a trial date suggested by Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter and Vick's lawyers, who did not attend the hearing. The trial originally was set for April 2.

Trials for two of Vick's co-defendants also were postponed.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is serving a 23-month prison term in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy.

Texas father found guilty of putting baby in microwave

GALVESTON, Texas - A young father was convicted Tuesday of badly injuring his infant daughter by putting her in a microwave, with jurors rejecting his claim that he was insane at the time.

Jurors deliberated about four hours before finding 20-year-old Joshua Mauldin guilty of felony injury to a child.

After the verdict, jurors began hearing testimony in the punishment phase of the trial. Mauldin faces anything from probation to life in prison.

Mauldin pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, saying he was having a psychotic episode when he put his then 2-month-old daughter, Ana, in a hotel microwave for 10 to 20 seconds last May while her mother and grandmother were away.

Race in heels trips man collecting workers comp

HARTFORD, Conn. - Prosecutors say a video shows a Connecticut correction officer running a 40-yard-dash in women's clothing and high heels - at a time he had claimed he was too injured to work.

Garrett A. Dalton of Naugatuck has been charged with workers' compensation fraud. He's accused of taking part in a radio station's contest for Hannah Montana concert tickets last year. Not only did he have to dress in drag but he had to carry an egg on a spoon.

Authorities were alerted after someone saw Dalton in a TV news report. Prosecutors say the 41-year-old collected more than $5,000 in workers' compensation after he reported a work-related injury in June.

Baby rattlesnake stowed away in luggage bites coach

McLEAN, Va. - A high school coach emptying his luggage after a team trip to South Carolina was bitten by a small rattlesnake that had somehow gotten into his bag, authorities said.

Andy Bacas was released Tuesday after an overnight hospital stay.

Bacas, a rowing coach at Yorktown High School in Arlington, told authorities he felt a sharp pain on his hand Monday when he reached into his luggage after returning from the road trip. He then saw the nearly foot-long snake and slammed the suitcase shut.

- From wire reports