Police: 90-year-old lived with bodies of 3 dead siblings
EVANSTON, Ill. - A 90-year-old woman well-liked by her neighbors apparently has been living in a house with the bodies of three siblings, one of whom may have been dead since the early 1980s, police said.
Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther said the bodies were found Friday in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, after authorities were called by a senior advocate.
The woman was taken to a hospital for observation. Her identity was not released.
Autopsies were planned but Guenther said police do not suspect foul play. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said it could be some time before causes of death can be determined because the deaths occurred so long ago.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as Anita Bernstorff, who was last seen alive in May 2008, Frank Bernstorff, not seen alive since 2003, and Elaine Bernstorff, who was last seen alive in the early 1980s.
Church fire set but no proof
of hate crime
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Investigators said a fire that destroyed a church being constructed for a predominantly black congregation was intentionally set.
But they said there's no evidence the arson was a hate crime, except for the timing of the fire hours after the nation elected its first black president.
The findings were announced Saturday at a news conference by local, state and federal safety officials, including state Fire Marshal Stephen Coan.
The fire early Wednesday destroyed the building of Macedonia Church of God in Christ, which was scheduled to open in a few months. Damage was estimated at $2 million.
Parole hearing set for suspect in Hudson deaths
CHICAGO - The convicted felon suspected in the killings of the mother, brother and nephew of singer Jennifer Hudson has a parole hearing Monday and could be released if an administrative officer finds no reason to hold him.
No one has been charged in the shootings, but authorities have called 27-year-old William Balfour a ""person of interest.'
Balfour is in custody on a parole violation. He is the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, sister of the singer and actress.
The chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Jorge Montes, said that if an administrative officer finds cause to continue holding Balfour, the case then would go to a review board for a hearing.
Judge dismisses felony charges against Texas DA
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas - A judge has dismissed felony corruption indictments against a South Texas district attorney after a special prosecutor found no evidence to support the charges.
Three indictments alleged Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra extorted money from a bail bond company and used his office for personal business.
State District Judge Manuel Banales dismissed the indictments Oct. 21 after special prosecutor Ron Barroso recommended the charges be dropped, the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen reported Saturday.
Hawaii County latest to make pot low priority
HILO, Hawaii - Hawaii County police and federal authorities said they will continue enforcing marijuana laws on the Big Island despite the passage of a ballot initiative making it the lowest priority for law enforcement.
Voters approved the measure 34,957 to 25,464 in Tuesday's election. It was one of several victories for advocates of less punitive marijuana penalties. Massachusetts became the 13th state to decriminalize the herb and Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana.
Dem leaders want Bush to help automakers
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in Congress asked the Bush administration on Saturday to provide more aid to the struggling auto industry, which is bleeding cash and jobs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the administration should consider expanding the $700 billion bailout to include car companies.
The administration did not offer direct comment on the request to broaden the financial industry bailout.