The judge in the Scott Peterson trial Monday rejected a defense request to move the case to another community and pick a new jury to decide whether Peterson should be given the death penalty for killing his pregnant wife.
Judge Alfred A. Delucci also delayed the start of the penalty phase, which had been set for Monday, until next Tuesday to allow the two sides time to exchange evidence.
Peterson was found guilty Nov. 12 of murdering his wife, Laci, and the fetus she was carrying. He could get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Defense attorney Mark Geragos asked that a new jury be seated, contending that the jurors who convicted Peterson were tainted by the public reaction after they were released.
He noted that a cheer went up from the more than 1,000 people outside the courthouse when the guilty verdicts were read.
BABY, WITH ARMS CUT OFF, DIES; MOTHER IS ARRESTED
PLANO, TEXAS (AP) - With a calm and dispassionate voice and a hymn playing in the background, Dena Schlosser told a 911 operator she had cut off the arms of her baby girl.
The woman was sitting in her living room covered with blood when police arrived Monday. Her nearly 11-month-old daughter lay fatally injured in a crib in the family's apartment. The child died shortly afterward at a nearby hospital.
The child's father had called a day care center earlier Monday and asked them to check on his wife and daughter. Day care workers called 911 after talking to the mother; an operator then called Schlosser.
Police charged the 35-year-old mother with capital murder.
Schlosser, who had a history of postpartum depression, had been investigated on child neglect allegations earlier this year, but Texas Child Protective Services had recently closed a seven-month investigation, concluding that Schlosser did not pose a risk to her children.
UNIVERSITY GETS BIG GIFT FOR DIABETES RESEARCH
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) - The founder of an information technology company and his diabetic wife are giving $44 million to the University of Michigan for creation of a diabetes research center.
The donation, announced Monday, comes from Bill Brehm of McLean, Va., a university graduate, and his wife, Dee.
Brehm, 75, founded SRA International, an information science company in Fairfax, Va. His wife, 74, has Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes. "We want to do something for the new diabetics, for these babies and infants just diagnosed," Dee Brehm said. "I don't want them to undergo the long-term regimen I've had."
The money will be used to build a research center and hire eight faculty members.
TWO NEWSPAPERS AGREE TO MERGER
SCRANTON, PA. (AP) - The Scranton Times, an afternoon newspaper founded in 1870, will merge with its sister paper, the Tribune, to create a single morning daily. The merged newspaper will be called the Times-Tribune.
"The combination of the Times and Tribune will make us stronger, better and more focused," Publisher George V. Lynett said Monday.
Afternoon circulation has been declining and morning circulation increasing for many years. The Times, once the area's largest newspaper, now has an average daily circulation of about 26,000 versus 33,000 for the Tribune.
The two newspapers already publish a combined paper on Saturday and on Sunday.
Nationally, the number of afternoon newspapers declined from 1,459 in 1960 to 680 last year.