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NATION IN BRIEF: Appeals court in Va. hears health care cases

Appeals court in Va. hears health care cases

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals panel dominated by appointees of President Barack Obama heard arguments Tuesday in two Virginia lawsuits challenging his health care overhaul.

The three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vigorously questioned lawyers on both sides, but the most spirited exchanges focused on the central issue in both cases: whether the law's requirement that individuals buy insurance is constitutional. Federal judges in Virginia split on that question in the lawsuits, one filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and the other by Liberty University.

Ohio man admits making kid porn at mom's day care

CINCINNATI -- An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in federal court to 15 counts of producing child pornography at his mother's in-home day care.

The Department of Justice said 27-year-old Mason resident Andrew F. Keith also pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography.

The government said Keith took 15 photos of himself sexually assaulting a boy and swapped them with someone in South Carolina. Federal authorities said Keith took photos of more than one child and some were of infants being sexually abused. It's unclear whether the children were clients of the day care in West Chester Township, just north of Cincinnati.

An agreement calls for Keith to be sentenced to a minimum of 30 years to up to life in prison.

iPhone GPS aids in capture of car theft suspect

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Police said an iPhone left in a stolen truck is how officers were able to capture a burglar suspected of multiple auto break-ins in Colorado Springs.

Officials at the El Pas County Sheriff's office said 29-year-old Joshua Mitzelfelt allegedly stole a truck left unattended and running in a driveway Tuesday morning. The owner's iPhone was on the front seat.

The truck's owner began tracking his vehicle's location though a website monitoring the phone's GPS application while updating sheriff dispatchers. Officers spotted the truck about seven miles from the owner's residence and arrested the driver.

Pa. girl, 9, found dead; neighbor faces charges

SOUDERTON, Pa. -- A 24-year-old man faces charges of murder, sexual assault and kidnapping in the death of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared while playing outside in a small, quiet Philadelphia suburb.

James Lee Troutman is charged in the killing of Skylar Kauffman, who would have turned 10 next month. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the charges at a news conference in Souderton on Tuesday.

Police said Kauffman didn't come home for dinner Monday after playing with her friends in her apartment complex's parking lot. State police issued an Amber Alert, and her body was discovered a few hours later in a nearby trash bin.

SUV plows into NY kickball game, killing boy, 7

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A sport utility vehicle careened off a city street and onto an athletic field where dozens of children were playing kickball, killing a 7-year-old boy and injuring an 8-year-old girl, police said Tuesday.

The driver lost control Monday afternoon near a community center in Rochester, in western New York, and may have been suffering from a medical condition, police spokesman Officer Stephen Scott said.

Federal patient privacy law bar authorities from specifying details about the 51-year-old driver's health, such as whether he suffers from epilepsy or a heart condition.

Mississippi Delta braces for historic flood

TUNICA, Miss. -- The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice and corn in a flood of historic proportions.

The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis, Tenn., just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city's high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.

Over the past week or so in the Delta, floodwaters along the rain-swollen river and its backed-up tributaries have already washed away crops, forced many people to flee to higher ground and closed some of the dockside casinos that are vital to the state's economy.