Ex-Madoff CFO pleads guilty in court in NYC

NEW YORK - The former chief financial officer for Bernard Madoff has pleaded guilty in a cooperation deal to 10 charges, including conspiracy.

Frank DiPascali entered the pleas Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. The charges carry a potential penalty of up to 125 years in prison, but the cooperation will probably bring leniency.

DiPascali apologized for his actions and said he followed Madoff too loyally since 1975.

Another attack downs Twitter, briefly this time

NEW YORK - Twitter has suffered from another attack following one that left the site down for several hours last week.

Tuesday's outage was brief. The online messaging site said in its status blog Tuesday afternoon that it is analyzing its traffic data to determine the nature of the latest attack. No other details were given.

Last Thursday, Twitter was inaccessible for several hours following hacker attacks targeted at a Georgian blogger who uses the site.

Gonzales says there shouldn't be a CIA probe

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said a criminal investigation into whether CIA interrogations after 9/11 crossed legal lines could have a chilling effect on U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Gonzales said a Justice Department investigation 'could discourage' CIA operatives from 'engaging in conduct that even comes close' to department guidelines.

Gonzales said operatives are concerned about their legal liability when questioning terror suspects, 'and that's the danger with launching some kind of investigation.'

Animal groups in court over Helmsley fortune

NEW YORK - Leona Helmsley's dog, Trouble, may be living quietly enough in Florida, but there's a lot of barking about the way the late hotel queen's millions are being given away.

Three of the country's largest animal welfare groups on Tuesday accused the trustees of Leona Helmsley's estate of a 'scheme to deprive dog welfare charities' of their stake in the real estate baroness' fortune. They filed a petition in Manhattan Surrogate's Court on Monday arguing that Helmsley, who died in 2007, specified in her will that her multibillion-dollar estate should be used to help dogs, and the trustees disregarded those wishes.

Transgender inmate denied electrolysis

BOSTON - A federal judge in Boston on Tuesday denied additional hair-removal treatments for a murderer who is seeking a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation, saying the inmate has failed to prove she will suffer 'serious harm' without further electrolysis.

Michelle Kosilek also failed to prove that her rights have been violated by being denied hair-removal treatment, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said. Wolf, however, said he may revisit the issue if more information comes to light in state Department of Correction documents.

Police: Girl, 6, tied up, punished for taking food

ROANOKE, Va. - Relatives of a 6-year-old girl in southwestern Virginia are accused of punishing her for taking food from the kitchen by repeatedly tying her up in a bedroom, surrounded by rubber snakes and spiders to scare her, police said Tuesday.

The girl's grandmother, aunt and uncle were in the Bristol, Va., jail on charges related to child abuse.

Bristol Police Sgt. Steve Crawford said there was evidence the girl was restrained in an apartment bedroom various times through July, including one week straight.

'The little girl had taken food from the kitchen into her bedroom,' Crawford said. 'This was their solution. It was described to me as 'time out.'

Storm Felicia downgraded to depression

HONOLULU - Felicia was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday morning as it approached Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph, but a flash flood watch and a high surf warning remained in effect, forecasters said.

The former hurricane was expected to weaken more in the next two days. However, a tropical storm watch was also still in place for Oahu and Maui County as a precaution.