Brother of Ariz. serial shooter gets 18 years

PHOENIX - The brother of a man convicted in the Phoenix metropolitan area's Serial Shooter case has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the 2006 stabbing of a man in a church parking lot.

Jeff Hausner pleaded not guilty to the near-fatal stabbing, which investigators said was linked to the Serial Shooter attacks, but a jury convicted him in March of one count each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault, both felonies.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle on Monday ordered that Hausner serve the sentence consecutively to his 2007 conviction in an unrelated stabbing of a homeless man who had asked him for spare change. He was in prison serving 7 1/2 years on that conviction when he was charged with the other stabbing.

Hausner is the brother of Dale Shawn Hausner, who was convicted in March of killing six people and attacking 19 others in dozens of random nighttime shootings in 2005 and 2006.

NJ man to be freed after '87 convictions reversed

NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge in Newark, N.J., has cleared the way for a man convicted of two murders more than two decades ago to be freed from prison.

Paul Kamienski's 1987 double-murder conviction for killing a man and his wife during a drug deal was reversed last month when a federal appeals court panel ruled the evidence wasn't enough to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler said Kamienski could be released on bond. Kamienski must report to authorities once a week while the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office seeks to have his conviction reinstated.

NASA will try to launch shuttle Wednesday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA will try to launch space shuttle Endeavour again Wednesday, after repairing a hydrogen gas leak that thwarted the first attempt.

Top officials decided Monday to bump an unmanned moon mission so Endeavour could have another shot at flying to the international space station. The delayed moon mission is NASA's first in a decade and is critical to the space agency's long-term effort to return humans to the lunar surface.

The Atlas V rocket had been scheduled to blast off Wednesday with a pair of lunar probes - a moon-mapping orbiter and a craft meant to crash into a shadowed crater at the moon's south pole. That launch is now scheduled for no earlier than Thursday.

Obama presses doctors to back overhaul of health care

CHICAGO - President Barack Obama bluntly told doctors Monday he is against their highest legislative priority - limiting malpractice awards - and earned a smattering of boos from an audience he was here to court for his health care overhaul plans.

Pushing anew to reshape the nation's health care delivery system and extend coverage to the millions who don't have it, Obama went before the annual meeting of the American Medical Association and took on others who take issue with parts of his plan as well.

GOP Rep. Tom Price of Georgia - a former orthopedic surgeon - reacted preemptively to Obama's speech by accusing him of seeking a 'government takeover' of health care

Friend says boy responding to forced chemo

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. - A family friend said X-rays show the tumor in the chest of a 13-year-old Minnesota boy who resisted treatment has shrunk significantly since court-ordered chemotherapy.

However, family friend and spokesman Daniel Zwakman said the side effects of the treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma have made Daniel Hauser weak and miserable.

Danny stopped chemotherapy after a single treatment in February. The family has insisted on alternative treatment for the boy's cancer.

Fla. teen charged in cat killings, mutilations

MIAMI - A South Florida teenager accused of gruesomely killing and mutilating nearly two dozen cats must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he is released, a judge ruled Monday.

Tyler Hayes Weinman, 18, remained quiet during the hearing, a day after he was charged with 19 counts each of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body.

In the past month, residents in two Miami neighborhoods found more than two dozen dead cats. Some had been skinned, and it appears a sharp, straight instrument was used in some cases, police said.