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Mom found guilty of microwaving baby

Mom found guilty of microwaving baby

DAYTON, Ohio -- Jurors in an Ohio woman's third trial found her guilty Friday of burning her baby daughter to death in a microwave oven.

China Arnold, 31, was convicted of aggravated murder in the death of 28-day-old Paris Talley in August 2005. Arnold could receive the death penalty. The sentencing phase will begin Monday.

Arnold's first trial ended in a mistrial. She was found guilty in the second trial, but that conviction was reversed last fall. An appeals court found there was misconduct by prosecutors and that the trial court made an error by not allowing a material witness to testify in Arnold's defense.

Prosecutors have said Arnold intentionally put the baby in the microwave after a fight with her boyfriend. The defense had argued that someone else was responsible.

Medical experts testified that the baby died after her temperature reached 107 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit and that she probably was in the microwave for more than two minutes, dying quickly afterward.

Friends push school to let teen attend prom

SHELTON, Conn. -- Students at a Connecticut school have attempted a brief sit-in to support a classmate who was banned from the prom after posting an invitation to his prospective date at the building's entrance.

About 90 students held the sit-in Friday morning at Shelton High School, where administrators have barred senior James Tate from the June 4 prom.

Most students returned to class when ordered. Some refused and were sent home for the day.

Tate and two friends last week posted 12-inch-tall cardboard letters reading, ''Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to the prom with me? HMU -Tate.'' HMU means hit me up, or call me.

Rodrigues said yes, but Tate was suspended when administrators deemed the stunt a safety risk.

Oil prices rising on concern over refineries

Oil settled higher on Friday, pushed up by lingering concerns that refineries in the Southeast may be affected by Mississippi River flooding.

Benchmark crude for June delivery settled at $99.65 per barrel, up 68 cents on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has been volatile this week, ranging from $95 to $104 a barrel. It gained two and a half percent for the week after losing 15 percent last week.

Most refineries in the Gulf States region don't expect to be affected by flooding from the Mississippi River. Still, some have lined their facilities with sandbags, moved equipment and prepared other emergency measures.

Police: Man shot women, kids, himself

AMMON, Idaho -- Five people are dead after a man shot two sisters, two young children and then himself in a house in eastern Idaho, authorities said Friday.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office said a report by a neighbor at about 3 a.m. of a small fire at the house in Ammon led to the discovery of four bodies and a man with a gunshot wound. The man later died at Eastern Idaho Medical Center.

Authorities confirmed the two women who died were sisters, 19-year-old Melinda Kern and 22-year-old Michelle Kern. Michelle Kern is the mother of the two children who were also found dead, ages 1 and 3.

More charges for man in tattoo-for-sex case

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- A southeastern Pennsylvania man accused of trading a tattoo for sex with an underage girl now faces sex charges involving more than a dozen other children as young as 4 years old, most of them the children of friends and girlfriends.

Walter Meyerle, 34, of Falls, faces nearly 200 sex crime counts on allegations that he sexually assaulted two adults and 14 children, according to Bucks County prosecutors. The assaults took place over the past 13 years and involved children ranging in age from 4 to 17 years old, authorities said.

Army 'birther' doc released from prison

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- An Army doctor who disobeyed deployment orders because he doubted President Barack Obama's birth records has been freed from a military prison in Kansas.

A Fort Leavenworth spokesman says Terry Lakin was released Friday after serving five months of a six-month sentence for refusing to go to Afghanistan.

Lakin, of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in December to disobeying orders and was convicted of missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment Lakin was tried at Fort Meade.