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NATION BRIEFS: Cheney tests show evidence of mild heart attack

The Associated Press. George Washington University Hospital is seen in Washington on Monday. Former vice president Dick Cheney was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains Monday and was resting comfortably and his doctors were evaluating the situation, an aide said.

The Associated Press. George Washington University Hospital is seen in Washington on Monday. Former vice president Dick Cheney was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains Monday and was resting comfortably and his doctors were evaluating the situation, an aide said.

Cheney tests show evidence of mild heart attack

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney sustained a ''mild heart attack'' but is feeling better and likely to leave the hospital within a day or two, an aide said Tuesday.

Cheney, 69, who has remained a forceful advocate for the former Bush administration and a leading Republican figure since leaving office last year, has a history of heart trouble. He was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington on Monday after experiencing chest pains.

Convictions overturned in NY firefighter deaths

NEW YORK -- A judge on Tuesday overturned negligent homicide and reckless endangerment convictions against the manager of an apartment building where tenants constructed a labyrinth of illegal walls that forced two firefighters to jump to their deaths to escape a surging blaze.

There was no evidence that Cesar Rios knew what was going on inside the apartments, and the verdict must be dismissed, Judge Margaret Clancy ruled. The limited liability company that owned the Bronx building had been convicted of the same counts, but Clancy also overturned those convictions.

The ruling means that no person or company will be held criminally responsible for the deaths of Lt. Curtis Meyran and firefighter John Bellew. A separate jury acquitted two tenants of similar charges last year, saying the blame was on the management.

Files: Husband of Ala. suspect wanted revenge

BOSTON -- The husband of the Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues once said he wanted violent revenge on a doctor who gave his wife a bad job review, according to documents that feed growing evidence the woman showed signs of violence long before the latest episode.

Amy Bishop is charged with killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 12. Investigative files released Tuesday to The Associated Press by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show that Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned in 1993 in the attempted mail bombing of Dr. Paul Rosenberg of Boston's Children's Hospital.

Louisiana woman pleads guilty to selling children

NEW ORLEANS -- A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to selling two children for a cockatoo and $175 in what her attorney called an attempt to do a good thing that went wrong.

''It was a really clumsy attempt at an adoption proceeding,'' said Steve Sikich, attorney for Donna Louise Greenwell of Pitkin. ''She was trying to help the children and get them situated.''

Greenwell, 53, was sentenced Monday to 15 months of hard labor on each of two criminal counts: sale of a minor. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The case centered on a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl in Greenwell's custody. Investigators said she called Paul J. Romero, 46, and Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, of Evangeline Parish early last year after seeing a flier they posted offering a cockatoo for sale, and offered to deliver the children for about $2,000. When the Romeros said they could not afford that, a deal was stuck for the bird, valued at $1,500, plus cash.

Missing 4th wife may be big part of Peterson trial

JOLIET, Ill. -- As Drew Peterson heads to trial in the death of his third wife, it's clear that prosecutors hope to make their case by trying to prove he also killed his missing fourth wife, even though he has never been charged in her disappearance.

That unusual strategy depends on whether a judge permits testimony about what Stacy Peterson allegedly told others before she vanished in 2007, including that she considered threatening to tell police her husband killed ex-wife Kathleen Savio three years earlier; that he came home dressed in black and with a bag of women's clothes the night before Savio's body was found; and that the former Bolingbrook police officer had bragged about being able to conceal a homicide.

Cruise line: 350 sick aboard ship in Caribbean

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About 350 people who got sick a week into a Caribbean cruise were responding well to medicine, the cruise line said Tuesday.

Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said 326 of the more than 1,800 passengers on the Celebrity Mercury began complaining Sunday of upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea. Martinez says 27 of the nearly 850 crew members also reported symptoms.