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Sniper suspect's request is denied

A juvenile-court judge denied requests on Tuesday from lawyers for Lee Malvo, the 17-year-old charged in the Washington-area sniper shootings, to obtain a list of experts in forensic sciences and psychology who could help examine evidence and develop a defense strategy.

Outside the Fairfax County courthouse, defense lawyers said that they had not ruled out entering an insanity plea for Malvo but that they did not yet know enough about their client to determine whether he was competent to stand trial. During the hearing, Malvo said nothing and laid his head on a table.

Judge Kimberly J. Daniel of the county's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court said the request by Malvo's defense team for experts in fingerprinting, DNA analysis, ballistics and psychiatry should wait till preliminary hearings are concluded and a trial date is set.

Body of suspect in NASA

laptop theft is found

WALLER, Texas _ The body of a man under investigation in the theft of a NASA laptop computer was found Tuesday, two days after he fell out of a small plane in what authorities said looked like a suicidal plunge.

The search for Russell Filler, 47, began Sunday after he fell out of the plane at 9,000 feet.

Waller County sheriff's Lt. John Kremmer said that the fall appeared to be intentional and that Filler apparently had no parachute. The body was found 5 miles outside Waller, which is about 35 miles northwest of Houston.

Filler was an engineer who had worked since 1996 for United Space Alliance, which contracts with NASA to do tests for the international space station.

He was contacted Thursday by federal authorities over the Oct. 25 disappearance of a NASA-owned laptop later found at his home. Officials said the laptop did not contain any sensitive information.

Ala. justice vows not

to move religious display

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama's chief justice stood Tuesday in front of a monument to the Ten Commandments and promised to fight a federal order to remove it from the state's judicial building.

"I have no plans to remove the monument," Chief Justice Roy Moore told reporters at a news conference.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the 5,300-pound granite monument is unconstitutional because it goes too far in promoting religion in a government building. He gave Moore, who installed the monument last year, 30 days to remove it at his own expense.

Aide, 9 kids injured as car

hits them outside school

MEMPHIS _ An 81-year-old woman driving to an elementary school to pick up her granddaughter plowed into nine children and a teacher's aide outside the school Tuesday, critically injuring two of the students, sheriff's officials said.

"A car jumped the curb and hit some kids lined up outside the school waiting for their parents to pick them up," said Teresa Taylor, watch commander for the Memphis Fire Department.

The collision took place about 3:30 p.m. outside Chimneyrock Elementary School.

Two 5-year-olds _ a boy and a girl _ were in critical condition and three 9-year-old girls were in serious condition at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Catherine Donovan said.

Other children were listed in good condition or had been released from other hospitals. The 41-year-old teacher's aide was expected to be released Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Methodist Healthcare-Germantown said.

Glitches delay Boeing's

launch of new rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL _ With just two minutes remaining in the countdown, Boeing called off the launch of its newest rocket Tuesday night because of technical trouble.

Launch managers said they would try again today.

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