O.J. Simpson seeks new trial in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Lawyers for O.J. Simpson are citing judicial errors and insufficient evidence as they seek a new trial.

They filed documents Friday in Las Vegas with Judge Jackie Glass. She oversaw the trial at which the former football star was convicted of robbing two memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

If she doesn't grant a new trial, Simpson attorney Yale Galanter said he will appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Balloon crashes in flames at NM fiesta; man killed

BERNALILLO, N.M. - A hot air balloon crashed into power lines and burst into flames Friday during Albuquerque's annual balloon fiesta, throwing both men on board to the ground and killing one of them.

Witnesses said that winds had picked up a bit and that many of the balloons were flying low right before the Wings of Wind balloon crashed in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque.

Man, 88, fatally shoots ailing wife at hospital

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - An elderly man fatally shot his ailing wife in her hospital bed Friday and was in critical condition after turning the gun on himself, an official said.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy would not say whether the shootings at Community Medical Center appeared to be intended as a mercy killing.

The man was standing at his wife's bedside when he opened fire, he said.

'It's a situation where someone takes ill, and this is a result of that sometimes,' Mastronardy said.

Rat-hunting woman causes school lockdown

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Police in North Carolina say a woman hunting rats on her property caused a scare at a neighboring public school.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported Friday that a bus driver saw the woman and officials thought she was an armed student on school property. So they kept students and staff inside the Balfour Education Center for about an hour until police determined she wasn't a threat.

Authorities said the woman wasn't on school property, wasn't doing anything wrong and had a rifle to shoot rats. She wasn't identified.

High court rules gay couples can marry in Conn.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.

The ruling comes just weeks before Californians go to the polls on a historic gay-marriage ballot question, the first time the issue will be put before voters in a state where same-sex couples are legally wed.

The 4-3 ruling is the first time that a state that had willingly offered an alternative to marriage was told by a court that civil unions aren't enough to protect the rights of gay couples. Connecticut was the first state to voluntarily pass laws to affirm civil unions.

Stevens seeks Sen. Hatch as character witness

WASHINGTON - A list of character witnesses that Sen. Ted Stevens wants to call to the stand in his corruption trial - a list that includes Sens. Orrin Hatch and Edward Kennedy - must be cut in half, the judge said Friday.

In court papers, the defense had argued it should be able to call as many witnesses as it wanted to vouch for Stevens. But before testimony began Friday, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the list of 10 names should be reduced to five.

The defense began its case on Thursday by calling Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was also slated to testify Friday on behalf of the senator from Alaska.