Kidnap suspect wrote love songs to young girls
ANTIOCH, Calif. - Kidnapping suspect Phillip Garrido recorded love songs years ago that suggested he was fond of young girls, a former customer of Garrido's home-based printing business said.
Former Antioch glass shop owner Marc Lister said Friday that he dug up the music after Garrido, 58, and his 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, were charged in the alleged kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Both Garridos have pleaded not guilty.
Lister said Garrido aspired to be a musician and gave him CDs containing about 20 songs three years ago because he knew people in the music business.
In one song, Garrido sings, 'The way she walks, yeah, subtle, sexy. What can I do? I fall victim too. A little child, yeah, look what you do.'
Mom charged after posing kids with guns
NEW YORK - A New York couple face criminal charges after they allegedly photographed their 11-month-old and 5-year-old boys posing with guns.
Police say the 24-year-old mother told investigators she thought the photos would be funny.
Authorities found out about the pictures after the woman e-mailed them to friends and relatives, and one of them called the city's child protection agency.
The woman and her boyfriend face child endangerment, weapons and marijuana charges.
Wildfire's edge under control
LOS ANGELES - The entire western edge of the massive wildfire burning north of Los Angeles was under control Saturday, but the arson-caused blaze continued to move unchecked into wilderness to the east, officials said.
Investigators, meanwhile, were working to find the arsonist responsible for the huge wildfire that has killed two firefighters and burned nearly 242 square miles, or 154,655 acres, of the Angeles National Forest. It was 49 percent contained. At least 76 homes and dozens of other structures have been destroyed.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
The risk to homes was significantly reduced as hand crews held the fire line to the north, south and west, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Michelle Caldwell. Aerial water drops were expected to resume Saturday to slow the fire's eastern movement into the rural San Gabriel Wilderness.
Demand for power sputters
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Consumers and businesses may finally be seeing some relief from rising utility bills, thanks to the biggest decline in U.S. electricity demand in decades.
Prices on wholesale markets are expected to decline for the rest of 2009, according to the Energy Information Agency. While rates will probably begin edging up again in 2010, it will likely be less than half the 6.2 percent jump recorded last year.
For decades as Americans bought more electronics, more appliances, air conditioners and other gizmos, energy demand has only moved in one direction and prices have followed suit.
The decline in power usage over the past year is a rarity and also an indication of how badly the recession has jolted the economy and changed the way Americans spend.
The shift began last year, when power consumption fell 1.6 percent. Government forecasters see consumption falling another 2.7 percent this year. That would mark the first time since 1949 that the nation has seen energy demand fall in consecutive years.
Boaters urged to look out for missing robot
SARASOTA, Fla. - Scientists on Florida's Gulf Coast are trying to find an underwater robot that has mysteriously vanished.
The robot from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota has been missing since Monday.
It cost about $100,000. It also was equipped with a detector to find red tide, a toxic algae bloom. That was valued at another $30,000.
Scientists aren't sure what happened to the robot, which is nicknamed Waldo. It could have had a leak or malfunction and sunk to the bottom. It also could be on the surface, but its communication system isn't working properly to signal its location.
The lab hopes boaters out for the busy Labor Day weekend might spot Waldo.