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Mother held in deaths of 'mouthy' children

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The wife of a military officer shot and killed her 13-year-old son on the way to soccer practice, then drove to their home and shot her 16-year-old daughter in the head while she studied at her computer, police said Friday. She said she killed them for being "mouthy."

Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, admitted the slayings after officers found her covered in blood on the back porch of her home Friday morning, police said. Schenecker's mother had called police from Texas because she was unable to reach her daughter, who she said was depressed and had been complaining about her children.

Schenecker's husband, Parker Schenecker, is an Army colonel stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He had been away for several days when the killings happened, officials said.

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Lawyers agree to move Loughner proceedings

PHOENIX (Bloomberg News) -- Jared Lee Loughner's lawyer and federal prosecutors have agreed to move his case to Tucson, where he is accused of killing six people and wounding 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., during her Jan. 8 meeting with constituents outside a supermarket.

Judy Clarke, Loughner's lawyer, and Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix, said in a court filing Friday that they agreed future proceedings should be held in Tucson.

Loughner, 22, was indicted in the attempted murder of Giffords, who survived a gunshot through the head, and two of her aides. He pleaded not guilty earlier this week.

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'Mystery' baby grand finds a new home

MIAMI (AP) -- A baby grand piano is gone again from a Miami sandbar after a musician rescued the battered instrument for his son.

A towing crew took the piano Thursday. Its appearance on the sandbar in early January was a mystery until 16-year-old Nicholas Harrington stepped forward this week to say he put it there as an art project.

State wildlife officials had served the Harringtons with orders to remove it within 24 hours. But musician Carl Bentulan got there first.

Bentulan told the Miami Herald he plans to eventually put the piano in his living room. He said his 10-year-old son insisted the piano needed a home.

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