Obama signs first bill into law, on equal pay

WASHINGTON - Declaring that ending pay disparity is not just a women's issue, President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday that gives workers more time to take their pay discrimination cases to court.

Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman whose story was the impetus behind the new law, stood alongside Obama as he signed the first bill of his presidency.

'Equal pay is by no means just a women's issue, it's a family issue,' Obama said. 'And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month's paycheck to simple and plain discrimination.'

Man accused of threatening to kill Obama

DENVER - A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and blow up the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis.

A federal grand jury in Denver handed up the indictment Tuesday against Timothy Ryan Gutierrez, 20, of Cortez in southwestern Colorado.

The U.S. attorney's office said Thursday Gutierrez wasn't yet in custody, and authorities declined to discuss his whereabouts. Gutierrez had no listed phone number and it was not known if he had an attorney.

'Both threats were taken seriously, and both threats were investigated immediately by the FBI,' said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for acting U.S. Attorney Dave Gaouette.

15-year-old smashes car into Calif. home; 3 die

FONTANA, Calif. - A 15-year-old driver and two younger boys were killed when they fled at speeds up to 90 mph and then crashed into a house after a police car pulled them over.

California Highway Patrol officials said an officer had stopped the car for running a red light Wednesday evening in Fontana. But the driver sped off as the officer walked toward the car.

The driver lost control after a brief chase, crashing through a cinderblock wall and into a house in the working-class suburb east of Los Angeles.

Police: Man delivered stolen newspapers

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Police in New Jersey said a man stole stacks of newspapers and delivered them to unsuspecting customers for years.

Phillipsburg police said Michael Farrell was delivering copies of the Express-Times of Easton (Pa.) for the last three years. The problem was, police said he was stealing the papers from boxes.

Newspaper officials said the Lopatcong Township man worked in the past as a carrier for the paper. Customers assumed the 53-year-old still did. Some even wrote him a check every month. Subscriber Mike Markle of Phillipsburg, a town about 60 miles west of Newark, said he was satisfied with the service. He never had a problem getting his morning paper.

Accused mob assassin on trial for 5 murders

NEW YORK - A cold-blooded assassin pumped four bullets into the head of a man who ignored an invitation by infamous mob boss John Gotti to a social club, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Prosecutors said the 1990 hit in the World Trade Center garage was one of five murders committed by reputed Gambino crime family soldier Charles Carneglia.

'That mistake - disrespecting John Gotti - got (the victim) a death sentence,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Seifan said in opening statements.

U-Haul driver leads CHP on high-speed chase

n SOMIS, Calif. - A woman in a U-Haul truck led authorities on a high-speed chase for more than two hours - going through downtown Los Angeles and star-studded Malibu - before she was finally arrested.

As viewers watched the dramatic chase on television, the driver eluded police Wednesday by driving on sidewalks, across grassy medians and into oncoming traffic lanes.

The woman, Alisha Mankin, was to be booked on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, recklessly evading peace officers, driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and misdemeanor hit and run, the California Highway Patrol said. She also faced drug and DWI charges on two outstanding warrants.