Summer gas to be cheaper

WASHINGTON - Gasoline prices are expected to be relatively low this summer, so motorists might want to take to the road despite the dismal economy if the federal government projections hold.

The Energy Information Administration said regular-grade gasoline is expected to average $2.23 a gallon during the April-through-September driving season, although it will likely fluctuate and could jump to more than $2.30 a gallon during the peak driving period in late summer.

But that's still a bargain compared with last summer, when gasoline cost an average of $3.81 a gallon.

Much lower crude oil prices are the primary reason for the lower prices at the pump.

Deportation of Demjanjuk halted

CLEVELAND - The return of alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to Germany for trial on war crimes was delayed again Tuesday by a federal court, shortly after six immigration officers removed the retired autoworker from his suburban Cleveland home in a wheelchair.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay until it could further consider Demjanjuk's motion to reopen the U.S. case that ordered him deported, in which he says painful medical ailments would make travel to Germany torturous.

An arrest warrant in Germany claims Demjanjuk was an accessory to some 29,000 deaths during World War II at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Alcohol on boat that crashed

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Alcohol was found on the power boat that plowed into a tug boat and barge in north Florida, killing five people and injuring nine others, investigators said Tuesday.

Capt. Gregg Eason of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission verified alcohol was aboard the 22-foot boat. But Eason, speaking at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, wouldn't say what kind of alcohol was found or whether the vessel's operator had been drinking. Toxicology reports are still pending.

'We don't know who was drinking and who was not drinking,' Eason said.

Ex-Ill. governor pleads not guilty

CHICAGO - Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday, making official his denial of political malfeasance that authorities say included a scheme to sell President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich looked relaxed as he stood alongside his brother, Robert, who also pleaded not guilty in the alleged scheme.

The former governor did not make a statement before the plea to racketeering and fraud charges, but told reporters and spectators when he entered the courthouse that he was 'innocent of every single accusation.'

Court: Marine can't sue Murtha

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. John Murtha cannot be sued for accusing U.S. Marines of murdering Iraqi civilians 'in cold blood,' remarks that sparked outrage among conservative commentators.

The appeals court in Washington dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by a Marine who led the squad in the attack. The judges agreed with Murtha that he was immune from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker when he made the comments to reporters.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., claimed Murtha damaged his reputation by saying the squad he was leading engaged in 'cold-blooded murder and war crimes' in Haditha, Iraq, on Nov. 19, 2005.

Man found guilty of cattle rustling

WOLF POINT, Mont. - A Montana man was convicted of stealing 39 head of cattle in what appears to be the state's biggest cattle-rustling case in decades.

Richard D. Holen, of Wolf Point, was convicted last week in Roosevelt County of eight counts of felony theft - one for each neighboring rancher he was accused of stealing from. Holen is in custody awaiting sentencing.

Roosevelt County Attorney Ryan Rusche, who prosecuted the case, said Tuesday that it's been a long time since Montana has seen cattle rustling on this scale.

'I couldn't find any (comparable cases) later than the early 1900s,' Rusche said. 'There've been others, but they've all been single animals.'