SAN DIEGO DAY-CARE PROVIDER GUILTY IN TOT'S SHAKING DEATH
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A day care operator has been convicted of fatally shaking a 13-month-old boy and slamming his head on the floor, apparently because he wouldn't stop watching television.Manjit Basuta, 44, could get 25 years to life in prison at sentencing July 13. She was convicted Monday in the slaying of Oliver Smith.
Cristina Carrillo, Basuta's housekeeper, testified that Basuta shook the toddler and slammed his head because he refused to stop watching television when it was time for a diaper change.
WISCONSIN FAMILY OF 4 DIES IN SUSPECTED MURDER-SUICIDE
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The bodies of a man, woman and two young children were discovered in a house in what authorities said appeared to be a murder-suicide.
The bodies were apparently those of a husband, wife and two children, said Capt. Bruce Tilkens of the Green Bay Police Department.
A relative found the bodies Tuesday after the 27-year-old father did not show up for work, police said. The cause of death was under investigation, but it appeared to be a murder-suicide, Tilkens said.
FATHER CONVICTED OF KILLING 4 KIDS; DEATH PENALTY SOUGHT
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man has been convicted of lining up his three sons and the boys' half-sister and shooting them after he had told them they were going Christmas shopping.
Daryl Holton, 36, was found guilty Monday of four counts of first-degree murder. The trial now goes into the sentencing phase, and the state is seeking the death penalty.
The children thought they were going shopping when Holton picked them up on Nov. 30, 1997.
WOMAN WITH 7 DUIS SHOWS UP FOR HEARING AT A TIPSY .31%
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A woman with seven drunken driving convictions looked a little wobbly when she appeared in court to answer the latest charge. So a judge ordered her to jail for a blood test.
She registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.31 percent -- more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Oregon, according to court records.
At her court appearance Monday, Gail Yvonne Leos, 52, denied she had been drinking. The judge ordered her held in jail without bail following the blood test.
DELAYS, OTHER PROBLEMS PLAGUE CONRAIL OWNERS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rail shippers warn that some manufacturing plants could be shut down or scaled back if Conrail's new owners do not improve service.
Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Corp., which carved up Conrail on June 1, continue to face transitional problems, resulting in late shipments of raw materials and difficulties getting the rail cars needed to pick up finished goods.
Those disruptions, primarily along former Conrail territory in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Indiana, interfere with production schedules nationwide. Shippers say Norfolk Southern appeared to have more problems than CSX.
SINGER SUES JUICE PROMOTER FOR INVASION OF PRIVACY
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Paula Abdul has filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against a diet juice promoter that she claims wrongfully used her name in magazine ads.
The use of Abdul's name in ads for the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet suggested the singer endorsed, needed or used the diet, said her attorney, Barbara Berkowitz.
The ads appeared in Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan and read: "Stars like Paula Abdul . . . have been rushed this amazing juice formula by the diet juice guru himself, James Kabler."
AEROSPACE TECHNICIAN DIES AFTER ACCIDENT WITH HOWITZER
ST. FRANCIS, Minn. (AP) -- An aerospace company technician has died after being hit in the head by a recoiling howitzer while testing the cannon.
Richard D. Schroeder, 41, died at a hospital Monday, four days after the accident. Schroeder was a test and evaluation technician at Alliant Techsystem in St. Francis, north of Minneapolis.
Alliant is a $1.1 billion aerospace and defense company. It was once part of Honeywell.
MAN GETS YEAR OF PROBATION, $750 FINE FOR EGGING POLICE
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- A man who won a $2 bet by pelting two police officers with eggs has been given a year of probation and ordered to pay $750.
David Sanchez Hernandez, 18, and six other teens were riding around in a convertible last March when they spotted two officers walking across a bridge.
Prompted by a bet with his brother, Hernandez threw eggs at the officers, getting yolk on one officer's gun and radio and causing, according to a police report, $230 in damage.