Teenager left at Neb. hospital is 24th abandoned

LINCOLN, Neb. - A 17-year-old boy left at an Omaha hospital is the 24th child to be abandoned under the state's much-criticized safe-haven law, which lawmakers hope to change next month.

The teenager was left at the Nebraska Medical Center on Wednesday night by his grandmother, who is his legal guardian, Todd Landry, of the Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday.

Landry said the boy is a state ward but has been living with family while undergoing therapy.

Suspect in hoax anthrax scare had similar run-in

SAN FRANCISCO - A California man suspected of mailing more than 120 hoax anthrax letters to media outlets was interviewed previously by the FBI after a similar mailing in 2007, but he was not charged.

Marc M. Keyser, 66, was interviewed by the FBI in January 2007 for allegedly sending a package containing a small aerosol can labeled 'Anthrax,' along with a compact disc, to the Sacramento News and Review newspaper, according a criminal complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

Keyser told agents then that he was using the mailing as a publicity stunt for a novel he had penned, and 'to model what would happen if terrorist were to use anthrax ... to show the amount of anthrax a terrorist might spray into the air conditioning system in a shopping mall.' The can did not contain anthrax.

Juror injury halts testimony in Spector retrial

LOS ANGELES - The first day of testimony in Phil Spector's murder retrial was canceled Thursday after an alternate juror fell in the court parking lot and broke his foot.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he spoke with the juror, who wanted to get medical attention and return Monday. The trial is not in session on Fridays.

The judge said he was reluctant to lose an alternate juror this early in the retrial for the 68-year-old music producer and would await the man's return. Six alternates were previously selected to be available in case a regular juror has to leave.

McCain worker reaches deal in made-up case

PITTSBURGH - A volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign agreed Thursday to enter a probation program for first-time offenders for falsely reporting that a Barack Obama supporter robbed and assaulted her and scratched a 'B' on her cheek.

Ashley Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, claimed the attack happened when a robber saw her McCain bumper sticker. Todd appeared before a city judge and waived her right to a hearing and was to be released from jail later Thursday.

Under the agreement, her criminal record will be expunged if she stays out of trouble and gets mental treatment on probation.

Police: Husband strangled missing New York teacher

MINEOLA, N.Y. - A man confessed to strangling his wife during a fight over his alleged cheating, dumping her body near a highway and then making it appear as if she had been a victim of random roadside violence, police said Thursday.

William Walsh, 29, is accused of strangling his wife, Leah, during a fight in their Long Island home after he returned from a trip to Atlantic City last weekend. He was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to a second-degree murder charge Thursday.

Suspicion falls on farmer in Illinois murders

CARLYLE, Ill. - George Weedon hid a tractor behind a false wall on his property, allegedly for a bankrupt dairy farmer who authorities said was trying to conceal assets from his creditors. But Weedon did not keep the secret for long.

For some reason - A guilty conscience? An ad in the local weekly promising amnesty to anyone involved in the scheme? - Weedon called up the FBI and told them what farmer Joseph Diekemper was up to.

Two days later, Weedon and his wife were found shot to death, and their home had been burned to the ground.

Around town, suspicion immediately fell on Diekemper, an often belligerent figure whose neighbors so distrusted him that they secretly called him 'Sneak.'

- From wire reports