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man held in slaying says he hears voices
A man accused of kidnapping, killing and dismembering an 8-year-old boy who asked him for directions was ordered Thursday to undergo a psychological evaluation after his lawyer told a judge that his client might be mentally ill. Levi Aron, 35, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping as prosecutors said he lured Leiby Kletzky to his home Monday after the little boy got lost while walking home from an Orthodox Jewish day camp.
Trial date set in Edwards case
The trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards can begin in October, a federal judge said Thursday. Edwards is accused of accepting illegal campaign contributions to hide an affair during his unsuccessful 2008 White House bid. Prosecutors also say he filed false campaign reports to cover up the payments.
Arrest in tainted store yogurt case
A New Mexico man was indicted on charges that he handed out yogurt samples tainted with semen at a grocery store. Anthony Garcia, 32, appeared in court Thursday after being indicted the day before on charges of adulterating food and making false statements to federal investigators.
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Governor to allow abortion law
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will let a measure restricting late-term abortions take effect. The new law removes a general health exception and allows such abortions only to save the woman's life or when pregnancy poses a risk of physical impairment to a major bodily function.
Mom jumps out of car on highway
Police say a mother holding a baby jumped out of a car while it was being driven by a carjacker on the Capital Beltway in Maryland. Maryland State Police say the 24-year-old mother had a cut on her head, but the baby was not hurt.
Astronauts wake to computer failure
After getting free time Thursday, the last space shuttle crew was awakened to deal with a second computer failure on Atlantis. The astronauts switched to another of shuttle's five main computers, and NASA said the shuttle was in "stable condition with no concerns for the crew's safety." A computer had also failed on Sunday.
Overfished stocks increased in 2010
Forty stocks of fish populations are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters, federal officials said Thursday. The number of fish populations being fished at too high a level at the end of 2010 was up by two from 2009. Among the stocks listed as overfished are cod in the Northeast, red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific bluefin tuna off the West Coast.
Students to be taught gay history
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday adding lessons about gay history to social studies classes in California's public schools.