NATION IN BRIEF: Soldier charged in 2 NY murders had man's car

Soldier charged in 2 NY murders had man's car

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- A Fort Drum military policeman accused of stabbing to death two Army buddies at their apartment fled to Ohio in a car belonging to one victim and admitted to an investigator that he killed them, authorities said Friday.

A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Spc. Joshua Hunter, 20, at his arraignment on second-degree murder charges in the deaths of Waide James, 20, of Cocoa, Fla., and Diego Valbuena, 20, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. The three friends returned in the spring from a yearlong tour in Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division, Hunter as an MP and the other specialists as drivers.

Murder warrant issued for Calif. missing teen

HEMET, Calif. -- Police said Friday they have issued a murder arrest warrant for one of two missing Southern California teens and believe charred and fragmented human remains found in the suspect's Riverside County backyard belong to the other youth.

Police are seeking Jose Campos, 17, and arrested his stepfather and mother, Jose and Maria Seym, late Thursday on suspicion of being accessories to murder, said Hemet police Capt. Tony Margis.

Police have also issued an arrest warrant for Felicia Sharp, 17, and a 21-year-old man named Rene Lopez-Fregozo, Margis said. Lopez-Fregozo is wanted for being an accessory to murder, but it wasn't immediately clear what charges Sharp could face.

Fla. Gov. Crist sent callers to phone sex line

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Oops! In an embarrassing blunder, Gov. Charlie Crist mistakenly directed parents of uninsured children to call a toll-free sex line.

People calling the governor's office heard an on-hold recording of Crist promoting the toll-free Florida KidCare line. Except two numbers were transposed.

Anyone calling the number Crist gave out was told to call another number. The recording on that second phone number begins, ''Hey there sexy guys'' and says the caller can have a more graphic conversation with a woman for $2.99 a minute.

Ind. teen pleads not guilty in killing of brother

RISING SUN, Ind. -- An Indiana teenager accused of strangling his 10-year-old brother and dumping his body in a park has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Conley showed no emotion during Friday's court appearance in Ohio Circuit Court in Rising Sun, the teen's hometown along the Ohio River about 90 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

His parents were at a viewing for his brother Conner Conley's body and did not attend the hearing.

Pa. suspect in stolen cell phone pic turns self in

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia teenager who authorities say used a stolen cell phone to snap a photo of himself that automatically got sent to the victim has turned himself in.

Eighteen-year-old Kadeem Cook turned himself in about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cook is the main suspect in an armed robbery on Oct. 7.

The victim's cell phone was taken during the robbery. The 20-year-old woman had programmed her phone so that it would automatically send photos to her home computer.

Some time after the robbery, she received a photo of a young man holding a large handgun to his head.

After the photo was released, the gunman was identified as Cook and an arrest warrant was issued.

New York senator sentenced to abuse counseling

NEW YORK -- New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Friday to probation and domestic abuse counseling for dragging his bleeding girlfriend through his apartment building lobby in a violent scene caught on security cameras.

Monserrate told Justice William Erlbaum he took full responsibility for his actions.

''I am so sorry for the harm Karla Giraldo endured and suffered,'' he said.

Monserrate and Giraldo have been under a court order not to see each other. She has been seeking to have the order lifted and said Friday that the two planned to marry, but the judge said he was keeping the protection order in place.