Sunday, April 4

Second sniper trial could be delayed by Virginia budget difficulties  
Chris Buell at 4/4/2004 03:31:40 PM

The outcome of a budget impasse in Virginia will determine whether sniper John Allen Muhammad will be prosecuted in Fairfax County for the shooting of an FBI analyst, the county prosecutor said. Robert F. Horan Jr. said the decision will depend on how much state funding his office receives in a delayed state budget. Muhammad has already been sentenced to death for a shooting in Prince William County, but Horan said he hoped to seek a second conviction in case the first was overturned on appeal. AP has more.

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White House to 'vet' 9/11 commission report before public release  
Chris Buell at 4/4/2004 03:11:47 PM

White House officials will review a report by the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before the report is released to the public, the commission chairman said Sunday. Chairman Thomas Kean said he was surprised by the review, which is required by law to allow the White House to remove any material that would compromise intelligence. White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card is expected to lead the review. Kean said the report would be submitted by July and released prior to the November elections, and commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton vowed not to allow the report to be distorted in the review. Reuters has more.

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Texas mother who killed two sons acquitted due to insanity  
Chris Buell at 4/4/2004 02:58:58 PM

A woman who stoned two of her sons to death, claiming God ordered her to do it, was acquitted of the charges Saturday after a jury found her legally insane at the time of the killings. Deanna Laney would have faced a life sentence if convicted on the charges, but now faces commitment to a state hospital for an undetermined amount of time. The Texas insanity standard is whether a person is capable of knowing right from wrong at the time. All five mental health experts involved in the trial concluded Laney was mentally ill at the time of the killings. AP has more.

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Madrid bombings ringleader among suicide dead in Spanish police raid  
Bernard Hibbitts at 4/4/2004 11:21:32 AM

The Spanish Interior Minister said Sunday that the suspected ringleader of the Madrid train bombings and two other suspects were among four men who blew themselves up late Saturday during a police raid on a Madrid apartment . AP has more. Madrid's El Mundo newspaper has the latest local coverage in Spanish.

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April 4: This day at law ~ Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis  
Bernard Hibbitts at 4/4/2004 10:44:49 AM

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Pay a virtual visit to The King Center in Atlanta.

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