Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson and her family offered a $100,000 reward Sunday for the safe return of her missing nephew, as investigators looked for evidence near the home where her mother and brother were found shot to death Friday. A suspect in the slayings was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections for violating his parole after he stopped cooperating with police, authorities said. Chicago police and the FBI continued to search for the actress' 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, who was reported missing the day Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson were discovered shot to death. Julian is the son of Jennifer Hudson's sister, Julia. Julia Hudson's estranged husband, William Balfour, denied any involvement in the slayings or the disappearance of the boy, law enforcement sources told the Chicago Tribune. At some point, Balfour stopped talking to authorities and was transferred to an undisclosed state facility for violating conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder.
Senator's jury goes on with new juror
After a one-day delay in jury deliberations, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial will resume this morning with an alternate juror replacing the one who left last week for her father's funeral. Judge Emmet Sullivan paused the proceedings Friday morning after a juror learned Thursday night that her father had died and needed to leave to attend his funeral in California. He'd hoped to bring the juror back to continue deliberating with the other 11, but couldn't reach her Friday or over the weekend. "We have four alternates for this reason," Sullivan said Sunday. The jury must review seven felony counts to determine whether Stevens is guilty of lying on his Senate disclosure forms about gifts. Stevens is also accused of accepting gifts from other friends and failing to report them.
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'Hour of Power' heir is removed
Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller told his congregation Sunday that his son would no longer be the preacher of the church's weekly Hour of Power syndicated TV broadcast. Instead, the church will bring in a guest pastor each week to preach during the show. "I did not oust my son," Schuller said. He did not elaborate on whether differing philosophies with his son or other reasons may have contributed to the move. The decision was made by the church's board of directors and church leaders, he said. Hour of Power is broadcast to more than a dozen countries worldwide.
Report: Error led to bridge collapse
Original designers of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis likely neglected to calculate the size of key gusset plates that eventually failed, a mistake that culminated 40 years later when 13 people died after the span collapsed, federal safety investigators have found. They also have determined that corrosion of certain gusset plates, extreme heat and shifting piers did not contribute to the bridge's collapse on Aug. 1, 2007, according to sources with knowledge of the inquiry. The safety investigators found records showing that the bridge designers knew how to calculate the thickness of gusset plates but probably did not perform that task for the bridge's center portion, where the initial failure occurred.