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CHARGES: A probe into whether Colombian President Ernesto Samper's campaign accepted drug traffickers' money took a step closer to the chief executive when prosecutors filed charges against his campaign director. Fernando Botero, who resigned as defense minister on Aug. 2, was charged with taking campaign money from drug traffickers and falsifying documents to hide the contributions.

CLASHES: At least one Russian soldier was killed and three others wounded overnight in clashes with rebels in the southern republic of Chechnya. The Interfax news agency said Russian troops came under fire 11 times late Monday and early Tuesday in Groz-ny.

STORMS: Iris picked up strength north of the Caribbean to become a hurricane again while two new tropical storms formed in the Atlantic. Iris now packs top wind speeds of 85 mph, well above the 75 mph minimum for a hurricane. It was expected to get even stronger during the next day as it heads north in the Atlantic. But the National Weather Service in Miami said there was no threat to land yet.

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ROGUE NURSE? An Indianapolis nurse contributed to at least 26 deaths by giving the patients intravenous medication without authorization, authorities say. No criminal charges have been filed against Orville Lynn Majors, but an investigation continues. Investigators might exhume some patients, police say. Medical experts have reviewed 20 patient files and begun sharing information with authorities.

SENTENCED: A woman in Richmond, Va., who said she fed her 4-month-old son heroin because he was born addicted to the drug has received a harsh 10-year prison sentence. Jacqueline R. Edwards, 28, must serve at least 81/2 years of the sentence imposed Monday by Circuit Judge James B. Wilkinson. She pleaded guilty July 12 to distributing heroin to the infant.

ABDUCTION: A father in Carbondale, Ill., abducted his screaming 8-year-old daughter from school after waving a handgun at her third-grade classmates and pointing it at a teacher who tried to protect her, authorities said. No one was injured. Police were searching Tuesday for John D. Moro, whose ex-wife had custody of their daughter, Demetria.