hOklahoma City emotion
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Darlene Dohi, foreground, and her daughter, Dina Abulon, hug during a visit to Oklahoma City National Memorial. Abulon will participate during the 10th anniversary memorial ceremony today, when she will read some of the names of those killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Among the victims was stepfather, Peter Avillanoza.
'Gut feeling' in slaying
TAMPA, Fla. -- The sheriff who led the search for a 13-year-old girl found slain over the weekend said Monday that investigators had a "gut feeling" from the first that Sarah Lunde was in trouble and had not simply run away as she had in the past. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee told The Associated Press his fears were heightened when Sarah's older brother reported that convicted sex offender David Onstott had shown up at the home unexpectedly hours after she disappeared. Onstott had once dated the children's mother. Onstott, 36, was charged Sunday with Sarah's murder, one day after her partially clothed body was found in an abandoned fish pond about a half-mile from her home. Onstott said nothing Monday during a brief court appearance with a court-appointed attorney.
DeLay sends mail rebuttal
WASHINGTON -- In a fresh counterattack, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told supporters in a mailing made public Monday that he has "never been found to have violated any law or rule by anyone" despite numerous allegations. "Democrats have made clear that their only agenda is the politics of personal destruction, and the criminalization of politics," the Texan's campaign added in a defiant rebuttal. "They hate Ronald Reagan conservatives like DeLay and they hate that he is an effective leader who succeeds in passing the Republican agenda."
Jackson accuser's momlashes out at pop star
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser lashed out at the pop star from the witness stand Monday, declaring that Jackson "really didn't care about children, he cared about what he was doing with children." The woman resisted answering questions by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. and began her fourth day on the witness stand by making speeches to the jury. She looked at Jackson across the courtroom and said: "He managed to fool the world. Now, because of this criminal case, people know who he really is." Jackson is accused of molesting one of the woman's sons -- a teenage cancer patient -- in February or March 2003, giving the boy alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive to get them to rebut a TV documentary about the singer.
Italian premier holds firm
ROME -- Premier Silvio Berlusconi defied predictions Monday that he would quit as head of his weakened center-right government, prompting opposition charges that he was turning Italian politics into a joke. Berlusconi's meeting with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi -- to whom he would have to submit his resignation -- topped a day of intense talks as the media magnate tries to find a way out of the worst political crisis of his four years in power. When asked by reporters if he had handed in his resignation, Berlusconi responded, "No," the ANSA news agency reported. Berlusconi was quoted as saying he would explain the situation in parliament, but it was unclear when he would do so.
More time in Gaza Strip
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he favors a three-week delay in Israel's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements this summer, ostensibly because of a Jewish mourning period marking the destruction of the biblical temples. A postponement could give the ill-prepared government more room to plan for the withdrawal, but would also give Jewish extremists more time to organize resistance. Israel, meanwhile, announced plans to build 50 more homes in a West Bank settlement -- a week after President Bush said such construction should stop.
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