Bodies of US reps' brother, his girlfriend found

LOS ANGELES - The bodies of the brother of two Southern California congresswomen and his girlfriend have been recovered from the waters off Los Angeles, days after the couple disappeared during a boat trip, authorities said Thursday.

The bodies of Henry Sanchez, 51, and Penny Avila, 48, were pulled from the wreckage of Sanchez's 26-foot motor boat on Wednesday, Coast Guard and sheriff's deputies said.

Sanchez is the brother of Democratic Reps. Loretta and Linda Sanchez.

Henry Sanchez and Avila left a Long Beach port shortly after midnight on Oct. 2, headed for Catalina Island, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Paul Wiedenhoeft said. It appears the boat collided with a supply barge being towed by a tug boat.

Suspect arrested in slaying of 12-year-old boy

O'FALLON, Mo. - Authorities arrested a suspect Thursday in the death of a 12-year-old Illinois boy who investigators said was shot in his home as he did schoolwork.

Prosecutors charged Marcus Powell with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of Delarrian Davis. Authorities said he had a longstanding feud with a man who lived in the home with Delarrian.

Capt. Brad Wells with the Madison County, Ill., Sheriff's Department said Delarrian was minding his own business when he was killed early Tuesday at his home in Madison, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

Investigators found pencils and notebook paper near his body, indicating he was working on homework. A neighbor said she saw a man drive up in a car in front the house, turn off the headlights and fire several shots into the home.

Man guilty of Texas student's dismembering

HOUSTON - A man accused of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend before burning the college student's remains on two outdoor grills was convicted of murder Thursday.

Jurors deliberated for four hours before convicting Timothy Wayne Shepherd of the March 2007 murder of 19-year-old Tynesha Stewart, a Texas A&M University freshman.

Shepherd, 28, showed no emotion when the verdict was announced. His victim's family broke down in tears.

Shepherd faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Police have said Shepherd confessed to choking Stewart, dismembering her and burning the remains on the patio grills. According to court records, police recovered 30 pieces of charred bone and hair from Shepherd's apartment.

Bus packed with Amish clips semi in Mich.; 14 hurt

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A semitrailer clipped the back of a bus overloaded with members of an Amish church group Thursday, flipping the bus onto its side and sending 14 people to the hospital, including several children, authorities said.

Most of those injured suffered cuts and bruises, though four adults and two children were in serious condition. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, police said. The 13-seat bus was carrying 22 people.

The driver swerved left to avoid a slower vehicle entering southbound U.S. 23 and clipped the front of the semitrailer, said State Trooper Randy Phare. The bus turned onto its side and skidded to a stop along the highway in Northfield Township, about 40 miles west of Detroit.

Police: Shooting suspect upset over purchase

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Police said a customer in a Knoxville mall fatally shot a clothing store employee because he was upset about a previous clothing purchase.

Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said 42-year-old suspect William Johnson went to Knoxville Center Mall Wednesday afternoon determined to get satisfaction from Reno Mens Wear.

Some mall merchants said the clothing store has a no-refund policy. Police wouldn't say exactly what Johnson wanted or what the disputed merchandise was.