Madoff's NY beach home sells for $8.75M

NEW YORK - It boasts ocean views, an infamous former owner - and now a buyer willing to pay more than $8.75 million.

An unidentified buyer or buyers snapped up Bernard Madoff's Long Island beach house within days after the U.S. Marshals Service put the seized property up for sale, a spokeswoman for the broker the Corcoran Group said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Anne Lacombe said the fallen money manager's Montauk retreat was under contract for more than its $8.75 million asking price. She didn't have the exact figure, any information on the intended buyer or the closing date.

The U.S. Marshals Service put the 3,000-square-foot house on the market Sept. 1 to help repay victims of Madoff's massive investment fraud. The agency didn't immediately return a phone call Thursday.

DA: Video rumor led rape accuser to recant story

MINEOLA, N.Y. - An official says the woman who claimed she was gang-raped in a New York college bathroom recanted her story after prosecutors told her a video of the liaison might exist.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Thursday that consensual sex took place in the bathroom.

Rice declined to identify the woman, citing concern for her safety and an investigation into whether to charge her.

The woman had said she was tied up and assaulted by five men early Sunday. Four were arrested. She changed her story Wednesday night and they have been released.

Yale suspect's work attitude being examined

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A law enforcement official says authorities are investigating whether the Yale killing suspect's work attitude led to the confrontation.

The official said Thursday that investigators don't know why Raymond Clark III might have killed 24-year-old Annie Le, because he won't talk to police. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and many details remain sealed.

People interviewed by police have painted Clark as a controlling man who saw the lab as his territory.

Authorities are investigating whether that led to the killing, but the official says that's just a theory.

Woman pleads not guilty to killing daughters

LOS ANGELES - A woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her two daughters by slashing their throats in their Los Angeles house.

Antonia Gomez entered her plea Thursday to two counts of murder and is eligible for the death penalty if convicted. She's being held without bail.

Prosecutors said Gomez stabbed her daughters, ages 11 and 17, on Sept. 2 before cutting her own arms.

The case is one of several this month in Southern California in which six children were stabbed, four of them fatally.

Similar attacks occurred Wednesday when a 5-year-old and 3-year-old were allegedly wounded by their mother in Orange County.

Obama scraps Bush's missile defense plan

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday shelved a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile defense shield that has been a major irritant in relations with Russia. He said a redesigned defensive system would be cheaper and more effective against threats from Iranian missiles.

Anticipating criticism from the right that he was weakening America's security, Obama said repeatedly that this decision would provide more protection, not less.

With the announcement, Washington scrapped what had become a politically troublesome plan, and one the Defense Department says was ill-suited to what the United States considers the true threat from Iran.

Lawyer pleads not guilty to bear-hug assault

WOBURN, Mass. - A male defense lawyer has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery charges after bear-hugging a female attorney inside the Massachusetts courthouse where both worked.

Robert LeBlanc was ordered Wednesday to refrain from 'avoidable and intentional' contact with attorney Pamela Saia-Rogers. Both practice in Lawrence District Court, about 30 miles north of Boston.

According to a police report, 64-year-old LeBlanc grabbed 39-year-old Saia-Rogers from behind, 'wrapped his arms around her midsection just below her breast and pulled her tightly to him pressing his pelvis against her backside' in a bear hug.