LONG BEACH, Calif.
Death of girl after a fight ruled homicide
What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11-year-old classmate. Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grader at Willard Elementary, died Friday, about six hours after a brief fight with another girl in an alley near the school in a working-class neighborhood in the port city of Long Beach. Joanna, who would have turned 11 on March 12, underwent surgery for a blood clot on her brain late Friday after she began vomiting and complained of a headache, her older sister, Vanessa Urbina, 17, told the Associated Press. Investigators have not detailed what might have led to the injury. Police have made no arrest.
Kerrey reconsiders U.S. Senate run
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is reconsidering his decision not to run for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat this year, a Democratic campaign consultant who has worked with Kerrey said Monday. Kerrey initially rejected running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson. Paul Johnson, who served as campaign manager for Nelson and Kerrey, said Kerrey told him Monday morning that he was again considering running for the seat.
Prize to go to Chinese architect
A Chinese architect who has forged a different path from the bland, suburban-style development in his nation's booming cities today will be named the first Chinese winner of his field's highest honor, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The work of Wang Shu, 48, "is that of a virtuoso in full command of the instruments of architecture," the jury said. Given by the billionaire Pritzker family of Chicago, the award recognizes a living architect for "significant contributions to humanity" and includes a $100,000 grant.
Lawmakers okay new Greek bailout
The German parliament approved a second, $173 billion loan package for Greece on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers that it would be irresponsible to abandon the country to bankruptcy. The final tally was 496-90 with five abstentions. It isn't yet clear what Germany's share of the new bailout will be.
Judge is cleared of abuse of power
Baltasar Garzon, a crusading human rights judge who was convicted this month of illegally ordering a wiretap in a corruption case, was cleared Monday by the Spanish Supreme Court in a separate case of having abused his powers by investigating atrocities committed during the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling was unrelated to the decision by the same court on Feb. 9 that found Garzon guilty of illegally ordering the wiretapping. The court suspended him for 11 years. His lawyer has said that Garzon may challenge that ruling before Spain's Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Harrisburg, Pa.: Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial by two months until mid July, saying he needed more time to prepare.