The Associated Press . Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs the Federal Court building holding a dummy newspaper page given to him after not testifying in his federal corruption trial Tuesday in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday they disagree about whether the ousted Illinois governor should testify in his own defense -- as he has long promised -- and whether they should call any defense witnesses at all.
If Blagojevich does not testify, it would bring an unexpectedly swift end to the corruption trial of the politician accused by federal prosecutors of trying to sell or trade an appointment to the Senate seat President Barack Obama left behind after his election to the White House.
Jurors would not hear directly from a defendant who for months after his arrest loudly proclaimed his innocence to anyone who would ask, from reporters to fellow contestants on reality television. Instead, the only instance in which they would hear Blagojevich's voice is on the secret FBI wiretap tapes played by prosecutors and attorneys for his brother, also charged in the alleged scheme.
Relief fails many facing foreclosure
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's effort to help those at risk of losing their homes is failing to aid many and could spur a rise in foreclosures that would further depress the housing industry.
More foreclosures would force down home prices and that would deter already-ailing homebuilders from starting new projects.
As a result, the economic rebound could suffer. Each new home built creates, on average, the equivalent of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in taxes paid to local and federal authorities, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
Elvis spotted in Md. cemetery
ROSEDALE, Md. -- Elvis has been found with the angels.
An Elvis Presley statue, taken earlier this month from the roof of a Maryland diner, was recovered Tuesday between two angels at a nearby cemetery.
Baltimore County police said a customer found the 80-pound statue at the Faith Cemetery in Overlea and returned it to the diner. Police say the customer is not considered a suspect.
The now footless Elvis -- its feet were left bolted to the diner roof -- was taken earlier this month from the Happy Day Diner in suburban Baltimore. Diner owner Maria Pigiaditis said after the statue was taken that a former owner bought the 7-foot-tall fiberglass Elvis for $1,500 in 2001, and until the theft he had only been taken down once for a ''facelift'' after a storm.
Mass. man pleads not guilty to terrorist plot
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts man accused in a terror plot to kill Americans pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he conspired to help al-Qaida.
Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury smiled and nodded to dozens of supporters in a federal courtroom in Boston before he was arraigned on a charge of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge was added last month in a superseding indictment against Mehanna and Ahmad Abousamra, a former Mansfield man who U.S. authorities say is now in Syria.
Bin Laden hunter now a work of art
MUNCIE, Ind. -- An Indiana man who said he dreamed two years ago of a bearded man slaying Osama bin Laden has given a painting of the dramatic scene to a Colorado man arrested in Pakistan while hunting for the al-Qaida leader.
Jerry Cool, 63, told The Star Press of Muncie that he was ''shocked'' when he saw Gary Faulkner talking on CBS's ''Late Show With David Letterman'' on June 28 about his arrest in northern Pakistan earlier that month.
''Once I saw Gary on TV, I knew that was him in my vision,'' Cool told the newspaper. ''To me, he's the only one that deserves that painting.''
The painting, ''A Renaissance Dream of 9-11: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,'' shows a bin Laden-like figure on one knee in a thigh-length white robe and sandals, wielding a sword. He's being stabbed with a spear by what appears to be an armored Roman soldier with a beard, while two others fight on horseback in the foreground.
NC school board protesters jailed
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A group of protesters upset over a North Carolina school board's decision to eliminate a busing policy focused on diversity has been arrested for disrupting the board's meeting.
The protesters held hands, locked arms and chanted Tuesday against a policy they say will resegregate Wake County schools. They refused to leave the podium and more than a dozen officers intervened.