Suspect in killing was supposed to be in ward

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - Police said a 24-year-old man charged with murdering a prominent Iowa high school football coach was supposed to be taken to a hospital psychiatric ward after taking a baseball bat to a Cedar Rapids home Saturday night and leading police on a car chase.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson said Butler County Sheriff's deputies were supposed to take Mark Becker to a hospital psychiatric unit after the Saturday night incident.

Olson said Becker was released at some point but that his department wasn't notified.

Becker is charged with first-degree murder in the Wednesday slaying of Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas. Authorities say Becker, a former player, walked into the high school weight room and unloaded several shots into Thomas in front of some current players.

Man accused of beating son on Father's Day

WORCESTER, Mass. - A 7-year-old boy who came to Massachusetts to spend the summer with his father and who, prosecutors say, was severely beaten by him on Father's Day was declared 'clinically dead.'

Nathaniel Turner remained on life support at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, officials said. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at which a juvenile court judge will decide whether to remove him from life support.

Relatives said Nathaniel had lived with his grandmother in Alabama before coming to live with his 36-year-old father, Leslie Schuler. Schuler recently had received a court order to have summer custody of the child.

According to police, the boy had been physically and mentally abused by his father for around eight weeks. On Father's Day, Turner suffered severe injuries when Schuler slammed the boy's head into a bedroom wall with such force that it left a dent in the wall, police said.

Advisory panel: Just 4 rabies shots needed

ATLANTA - People exposed to rabies need only four vaccinations, not the five currently recommended, a vaccine advisory committee said Wednesday.

In the past, rabies shots were dreaded almost as much as the disease itself. Until the 1970s, an encounter with a rabid animal led to at least 14 shots in the abdomen. But vaccines have improved, and five shots in the arm or thigh have been the U.S. standard for more than 20 years.

Boy killed after being buried by bulldozer

NAPLES, Utah - Authorities said a 7-year-old boy was killed in Utah when he was accidentally buried under nearly 2 feet of dirt.

Uintah County Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Fletcher said the boy was playing with other children on a family member's property Tuesday night.

One of the boy's relatives - who was using a bulldozer - accidentally moved a load of dirt over the child, burying him under 18 to 24 inches of dirt.

Oil drops below $69 as traders watch dollar

SINGAPORE - Oil prices fell below $69 a barrel Wednesday in Asia, partially reversing gains sparked by a weakening U.S. dollar.

Benchmark crude for August delivery fell 57 cents to $68.67 a barrel by late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, it rose $1.74 to settle at $69.24.

Citi boosting salaries to offset lower bonuses

WASHINGTON - Citigroup Inc. is increasing the base salaries of many employees - reportedly by as much as 50 percent for some workers - as it restructures their compensation amid government restrictions on bonuses.

The Obama administration reacted by pledging to aggressively implement a new law governing compensation at companies like Citigroup that have received billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailout support.

Church creates stir with gay exorcism video

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A Connecticut church has outraged gay rights advocates by posting a video of members performing an apparent exorcism of a teen's 'homosexual demons.'

The 20-minute video was posted on YouTube before it was taken down.

Gay youth advocate Robin McHaelen said the video appears to show abuse. She says she plans to report it to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

The boy declined to comment.