AP appeals ruling that Lindh petition is private
NEW YORK - The Associated Press on Tuesday appealed a federal appeals court ruling that a petition filed by U.S.-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh seeking a reduction in his prison sentence can remain secret.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month rejected the news agency's request for any commutation petitions filed by Lindh, who is serving 20 years in prison. The court agreed with a lower court that Lindh's privacy interests outweigh any public interest served by releasing the information.
Church shooting suspect tries to kill himself
PATERSON, N.J. - Authorities in New Jersey said a man charged with killing his estranged wife and another person in a church service shooting has attempted to commit suicide in jail by overdosing on drugs.
Passaic County Sheriff's Department spokesman William Maer said Joseph Pallipurath was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday.
Maer said the man had been hoarding medications and took a combination of prescription and nonprescription drugs, including aspirin.
Cold wave drops temps to 40 below
MINNEAPOLIS - Temperatures crashed to Arctic levels Tuesday as a severe cold wave rolled across the upper Midwest on the heels of yet another snowstorm, closing schools and making most people think twice before going outside.
Thermometers read single digits early in the day as far south as Kansas and Missouri, where some areas warmed only into the teens by midday.
The ice and snow that glazed pavement was blamed for numerous traffic accidents from Minnesota to Indiana, where police said a truck overturned and spilled 43,000 pounds of cheese, closing a busy highway ramp during the night in the Gary area.
Police: Woman, kids killed in home
EL RENO, Okla. - A woman and her four young children were killed in their central Oklahoma apartment, and authorities were looking to arrest the mother's 25-year-old boyfriend Tuesday.
An officer went to the apartment to check on the welfare of the occupants and found the five bodies shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The children ranged in age from 3 to 7.
Wife in NY kidney dispute denies cheating claim by ex
MINEOLA, N.Y. - The woman whose estranged husband is demanding $1.5 million for the kidney he gave her during happier times denies accusations that she was unfaithful.
An attorney for Dawnell Batista calls Dr. Richard Batista's claim 'absurd and ridiculous.'
La. man charged with threatening President Bush
NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities have charged a Louisiana man with threatening to kill President George W. Bush.
A social worker told Secret Service agents that 44-year-old Gregory Broussard was being treated at a Hammond hospital when he threatened to blow up the White House and kill the president.
Obama presses for remaining $350B bailout
WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama asked Democratic senators Tuesday not to stand in the way of an additional $350 billion in bailout funds, calling the money essential to helping the ailing economy.
Obama made his pitch at the Capitol, where he attended the Democratic senators' closed-door luncheon as part of his stepped up campaign to have economic tools at the ready shortly after he assumes office next week.
Clinton vows to restore diplomacy
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she intends to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in American foreign policy, calling for a 'smart power' strategy in the Middle East and implicitly criticizing the Bush administration for having downgraded the role of arms control.
- From wire reports