NATION IN BRIEF: Bill Clinton returns home after procedure

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Bill Clinton returns home after procedure

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Former President Bill Clinton was recovering at his suburban home with his wife on Friday after leaving a Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure to fix a blocked artery.

Three black SUVs with tinted windows arrived about 7:45 a.m. Friday and pulled through the high gates at the house. The Westchester County hamlet of Chappaqua is about 35 miles north of New York City.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was also at the family's home.

Clinton adviser Douglas Band said in a statement that Clinton left New York Presbyterian Hospital ''in excellent health.''

Iowa boy charged in shooting death

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A 12-year-old boy was charged Friday with murder and other counts in a shooting that killed his stepfather and wounded a young girl in Iowa.

Authorities responded to a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Chariton, about 40 miles south of Des Moines. When they arrived at the white farmhouse south of town, they found the body of Todd Peek, 37, who authorities said was shot in his upper body.

Authorities said 5-year-old Cheyanne Peek was also found in the home with a gunshot wound to the leg. She was taken to a Des Moines hospital. On Friday, the hospital said it had no listing for the child but would not comment further and it was unclear if she had been released. Lucas County Attorney Paul Goldsmith declined to comment on the girl or her condition.

3 dead, 3 hurt in Alabama college shooting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A woman opened fire during a biology faculty meeting at the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus Friday, killing three people and injuring three others, officials said.

The shooter was caught outside the Shelby Center, a science building, without incident, according to university spokesman Ray Garner. Local media reported the shooter was a faculty member, though Garner said he could not identify her. A man was also being detained.

All three of those killed and two of the injured were faculty members. The third injured person was a staff member. No students were involved in the shooting.

3 men sought in church fires

TYLER, Texas -- Federal arson investigators said they're seeking three men in connection with 10 church fires in east and central Texas.

Sketches of the ''persons of interest'' were released Friday by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials. ATF spokesman Tom Crowley told The Associated Press that authorities want to interview them.

Nine fires at east Texas churches have been ruled arsons this year, including two Monday northwest of Tyler. Tyler is 90 miles east of Dallas.

Ax slaying suspect says he blacked out

LAS VEGAS -- A man accused of killing a 4-month-old boy with a medieval-style battle ax and critically injuring the child's mother in a Las Vegas neighborhood told investigators he doesn't remember a thing, police said Friday.

Harold E. Montague, 33, didn't know the woman or the boy he is accused of hacking with the blade of the ax during the rampage a little before noon Thursday on a residential street about a mile east of Las Vegas Boulevard, police Lt. Lewis Roberts said.

Montague also is accused of stabbing his sister-in-law, a mentally disabled woman, more than 20 times with a point of the ax before bursting out of a home into the street.

Family: 'Friends' torture and kill disabled woman

GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A mentally disabled woman was forced to eat detergent and urine -- and to write her own suicide note -- before she was stabbed to death and dumped in a school parking lot, police said Friday. Six suspects are in custody, including some people she had apparently called her friends.

The head of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty had been shaved, and she had been bound with Christmas decorations and clothing; she also was hit with a towel rack, vacuum cleaner hose and a crutch, according to an affidavit. Her face was painted with nail polish, and she was fed vegetable oil, spices and medications in addition to soap and urine, police said.