Guilty plea rejected in Fort Hood killings

FORT HOOD - A military judge ruled Wednesday that an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting at Fort Hood could not plead guilty and that the trial would stay at the Texas base, officials said.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 42, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.

The judge ruled that under military law, she could not accept a guilty plea from Hasan because he faces capital charges.


YouTube now serving videos to 1 billion

SANTA MONICA - YouTube says more than 1 billion people are now visiting its online video site each month.

The milestone was announced Wednesday at a splashy event in Santa Monica.

5 ex-officials guilty in Bell corruption case

LOS ANGELES - Five former officials in a small blue-collar Los Angeles suburb that became a symbol of political greed were convicted Wednesday of stealing taxpayer money by creating a panel that helped boost their part-time pay to nearly $100,000 a year.

One former Bell councilman was acquitted and the other five were found not guilty of several counts each, as jurors returned verdicts on only about half of the more than 80 charges prosecutors had filed.


Death penalty backed in Craigslist murders

AKRON - A jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for a self-styled street preacher convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by bogus Craigslist job offers.

The same jury that convicted Richard Beasley made its recommendation after hearing from his mother and other witnesses who testified on his behalf in the penalty phase of his trial.

Wire reports