Mafia assassin convicted in 4 NYC murders
NEW YORK - An aging hit man once used as an enforcer by mob boss John Gotti was convicted on Tuesday in the cold-blooded slayings of four people, including a security guard gunned down during an armored car heist in 1990.
A federal jury deliberated over four days in Brooklyn before reaching the guilty verdicts against 62-year-old Charles Carneglia. The decision followed a six-week trial that debuted a key Mafia turncoat also expected to testify against Gotti's son.
Amish farmer gets jailtime for outhouse
EBENSBURG, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania Amish farmer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after refusing to bring a pair of outhouses into compliance with state sewage laws.
A Cambria County judge on Tuesday upheld a contempt of court ruling against Andy Swartzentruber and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. The judge also ordered the Amish school and outhouse on Swartzentruber's property to be padlocked.
Hiker, 7, safe after freezing night in woods
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A 7-year-old boy who got separated from his fellow hikers and spent a freezing night alone in a northern Arizona forest has been found alive.
Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair said search crews found Michael Sandoval about noon Tuesday.
Amid downturn, Salvation Army sets record
NEW YORK - Salvation Army administrators say the annual Red Kettle campaign set a record of $130 million in donations last year despite the recession.
Red Kettle donations were up 10 percent from 2007 and represented biggest one-year jump in since 1997, yet came during a holiday season when many retailers suffered.
Oil climbs with more traders seeing bottom
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Oil prices moved higher Tuesday to levels some traders interpreted as a sign that energy demand may have finally bottomed out.
Benchmark crude for April delivery rose $1.81 a barrel to settle at $49.16 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Signs of stable demand and the upcoming summer driving season 'plays into the psychology of the past of couple of days that the worst is over,' Phil Flynn of Alaron Trading said.
Wall Street resumes rally following report
NEW YORK - Investors restarted Wall Street's rally Tuesday, buying financial and homebuilder stocks following a surprisingly upbeat report on home construction.
Major market indicators jumped more than 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which added 179 points. The technology-heavy Nasdaq surged more than 4 percent after sliding Monday. Stocks have risen five out of the past six sessions.
The government's report that housing starts rose unexpectedly in February more than offset news that Alcoa Inc. is slashing its dividend.
Ex-1970s radical freed from prison
CHOWCHILLA, Calif. - Sara Jane Olson, the 1970s radical who assumed a new identity as a Minnesota housewife while spending a quarter century as a fugitive, was released from prison Tuesday, a corrections spokeswoman said.
Olson, 62, was freed just after midnight from the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.
Hundreds mourn victims of Ala. shooting spree
SAMSON, Ala. - The funeral procession for four people killed in a 24-mile shooting spree in south Alabama retraced part of the gunman's route Tuesday, and the small, tight-knit town tried mightily to move beyond the carnage that has come to define it.
More than 500 people filled a church with sobs and songs at a memorial service for four relatives of Michael McLendon, who killed 10 people before turning a gun on himself one week ago. Pastors at the First Baptist Church of Samson encouraged mourners to make the town of 2,100 known for love rather than the violence that shattered the rural community's peace.