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NATION IN BRIEF: Ohio serial killer suspect pleads insanity

The Associated Press. Firefighter/paramedics carry one of the children from the Stepping Stones Childcare to a waiting ambulance after a vehicle that was fleeing police officers crashed into the side of the day care building at the corner of Allisonville Road and 46th Street on Thursday in Indianapolis.

The Associated Press. Firefighter/paramedics carry one of the children from the Stepping Stones Childcare to a waiting ambulance after a vehicle that was fleeing police officers crashed into the side of the day care building at the corner of Allisonville Road and 46th Street on Thursday in Indianapolis.

Ohio serial killer suspect pleads insanity

CLEVELAND -- A registered sex offender accused of killing 11 women pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges Thursday, a plea that will leave the legal system to decide whether a sane person can live for years with 10 bodies and a skull.

Anthony Sowell, 50, entered the plea while being arraigned by video from jail. He appeared calm, keeping his cuffed hands on his lap, as a deputy stood behind him.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Richard Bombik said there was no evidence that Sowell is insane.

''There seems to be a distinct pattern that he engages in and if he wants to call it madness, there's a distinct method to that madness,'' he said outside court. ''I don't see anything in his background to suggest that he has a mental illness. It's just a, quite frankly, a psychopath.''

Cops: 4 kids hurt in crash at day care center

INDIANAPOLIS -- A sport utility vehicle fleeing police officers crashed into a day care center Thursday, injuring four children and an employee, police said.

About 18 children were inside the Stepping Stones Child Care when the SUV slammed into the brick building on the city's north side around 12:15 p.m., Lt. Jeff Duhamell said.

Kara Hardister, who runs the day care, said the crash sent bricks flying into a room for 3-year-olds just before their nap time.

One of the four children was in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital, while the other three had non-life-threatening injuries, Duhamell said. A woman working at the day care center suffered a broken leg when she was struck by bricks, and another person was injured when the SUV hit a car during the police chase. Duhamell said those injuries weren't serious.

More charges expected in NYC terror plot

NEW YORK -- Federal authorities expect to file more charges in an alleged plot by an al-Qaida associate to attack New York City with homemade bombs, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Knox told a judge the charges would be contained in a new indictment against Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport van driver arrested earlier this year on charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.

Man accused in Levy killing faces new charges

WASHINGTON -- The man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in Washington in 2001 has been charged with threatening a witness in the case.

A superseding indictment filed Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court charges Ingmar Guandique with obstructing justice, threatening to injure a person and conspiracy. Guandique was charged in April with first-degree murder and other counts in connection with Levy's death. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Doctor: Man charged in Smart case is competent

SALT LAKE CITY -- The man charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart has a narcissistic personality disorder but has been competent to stand trial since his 2003 arrest, a psychiatrist testified Thursday.

Dr. Noel Gardner evaluated Brian David Mitchell in 2003 as part of a state case against him. Gardner said he concluded then that Mitchell was ''clearly competent.''

''Mr. Mitchell does not now and never had a psychotic mental illness,'' Gardner said in U.S. District Court at a federal competency hearing for Mitchell.

Pilot who endured torture at 'Hanoi Hilton' dies

JACKSON, Miss. -- Retired Air Force Col. Jack Pitchford, a fighter pilot from Mississippi who survived seven years in the notorious Vietnamese prison camp known as the ''Hanoi Hilton,'' has died. He was 82.

The Natchez, Miss., native died Wednesday after battling a brain tumor, said his brother, 64-year-old Jim Pitchford of Baton Rouge, La.

Pitchford was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 and taken to Hoa Lo prison, a hellish place where many Americans, including U.S. Sen. John McCain and Medal of Honor recipient George ''Bud'' Day, endured brutal torture.