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Santorum's daughter taken to hospital

WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum's youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from a severe genetic disorder, has been hospitalized, the presidential candidate's campaign announced Friday.

"Rick and his wife, Karen, have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery," spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

Bella was born in 2008 with Trisomy 18, a rare defect in which a baby has an extra chromosome that results in abnormal development of the brain and major organs. Only one in 10 babies born with the disorder survive the first year of life.

Santorum was celebrating the Easter holiday weekend with his family in Virginia when Bella, 3, was taken to the hospital. Earlier this year, Bella was hospitalized with pneumonia, prompting Santorum to leave the campaign trail before the Florida primary.


Officer fatally shot; suspect charged

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A police officer was shot and killed early Friday at a Walmart in Central Texas, and a suspect has been charged with capital murder, officials said.

Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said, adding that Padron left behind two daughters, ages 10 and 6.

Padron was responding to a call about a drunk man inside the store at around 2:30 a.m., Acevedo said. The suspect attacked the officer as soon as he arrived at the store and Padron didn't have a chance to even pull out his own weapon.

Two Walmart employees tackled and held the suspect and locked down the store until another police officer arrived to arrest him.

Brandon Montgomery Daniel, 24, was later booked into the Travis County jail on capital murder charges in connection with the shooting, according to jail records.


Ex-teacher accused of sex contact with teen

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- A former California teacher who made national headlines when he left his job and family to move in with an 18-year-old student was arrested Friday for previously having sexual contact with another teen, police said. Christopher Hooker, 41, was arrested on one count of oral copulation with a minor.

Police said it stems from a 1998 relationship he has with a 17-year-old student from Davis High School, where he once taught. The Modesto Bee reported that Hooker appeared in court Friday afternoon. A judge set his bail at $50,000 and assigned him a public defender.

Hooker requested that his bail amount be reduced, and the judge set a hearing next Tuesday to consider the matter.