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Mom accused of killing children leaves hospital

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman accused of killing her teenage son and daughter was released from a hospital late Sunday morning and taken back to jail.

Julie Powers Schenecker, 50, had been receiving treatment for an unknown medical condition that existed before her arrest Friday. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance this morning and is being represented by a public defender.

According to an arrest affidavit, Schenecker shot her 13-year-old son, Beau, in the head twice "for talking back" while they were in the family car on their way to his soccer practice. The report said Schenecker then returned to their upscale home and shot her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, in the face while the girl studied at her computer.


Detective shot in car; 2 or 3 suspects sought

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police searched Sunday for as many as three men who were involved in the late-night shooting of an anti-gang detective wounded as he drove in a squad car with another officer, authorities said.

Some 60 to 70 officers spread out in the MacArthur Park area and looked for two -- possibly three -- men, who fled in a car, Sgt. Rico Fernandez said.

The 30-year-old detective was hospitalized in stable condition, Fernandez said.


Guard strangled in chapel of prison

MONROE, Wash. (AP) -- A corrections officer who had raised concerns about being the sole guard in the chapel of a Washington State prison was strangled there over the weekend, and an inmate serving a life sentence is the primary suspect, authorities said Sunday.

Jayme Biendl, 34, was found dead Saturday night in the chapel at Monroe Correctional Complex about 30 miles northeast of Seattle, Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said. She had been strangled with a microphone cord.

The male inmate, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was found in the chapel lobby.

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