Jury in Fort Dix case hears about informant

CAMDEN, N.J - Being an informant for the FBI in the Fort Dix terror investigation has paid well, a witness explained to jurors Monday.

John Stermel, an investigator assigned to an FBI counterterrorism task force, spent Monday morning on the stand detailing the role of informant Mahmoud Omar, who wore a wire for 16 months in the investigation of five men accused of planning to shoot soldiers at the Army training base.

Omar was set to testify next - though that might not begin until Tuesday.

Defense lawyers say it was Omar who tried to plot an attack - not their clients. No attack happened.

Boy, 8, killed in Mass. gun show accident

WESTFIELD, Mass. - An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair.

The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club, police Lt. Lawrence Vallierpratte said.

Police said the boy, Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn., was with a certified instructor and called the death a 'self-inflicted accidental shooting.'

As the boy fired the Uzi, 'the front end of the weapon went up with the backfire and he ended up receiving a round in his head,' police Lt. Hipolito Nunez said. The boy died at a hospital.

2 killed at Ark. school; officials say campus safe

CONWAY, Ark. - A shooting that left two students dead at the University of Central Arkansas did not appear to be random, authorities said Monday as the school's president pronounced the campus secure.

Two suspects were being questioned and two others were being sought after Sunday night's shooting, which wounded a third person at the 12,500-student campus.

Though investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, 'It does not seem at this time that it was a random act,' campus police Lt. Preston Grumbles said.

Md. teen pleads guilty to murder in family's death

TOWSON, Md. - A Maryland teen pleaded guilty Monday to shooting his father, mother and two younger brothers to death as they slept, then going back to a friend's house to play video games.

Nicholas Browning, 16, of Cockeysville pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the February slayings of John W. Browning, 45; Tamara, 44; Gregory, 14, and Benjamin, 11.

Browning wept in court as prosecutors described the crime. A sheriff's deputy brought him a box of tissues, and Browning wiped his eyes and blew his nose.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors will not seek a sentence of life without parole.

Ted Stevens found guilty

WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska's political patriarch.

The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, added further uncertainty to a closely watched Senate race. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Stevens, 84, was convicted of all the charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating last week.

FBI: Child prostitution raids snare over 600

WASHINGTON - More than 600 adults have been arrested and 47 children rescued in a three-day roundup targeting people who force children into prostitution.

The FBI said the roundup by federal, state and local law enforcement occurred in 29 cities, adding that the raids dismantled 12 large-scale prostitution operations run through call services, truck stops, casinos and Web sites.

At a news conference announcing the results of Operation Cross Country II, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the arrests were made possible by intelligence gathered during a similar series of raids in June.