Forced medication of Loughner allowed
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The man accused in the Arizona shooting rampage kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped forced medication. He walked in circles until he developed sores and then declined antibiotics to treat an infected foot. Already thin, he stopped eating and shed nine pounds.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns described Jared Lee Loughner's behavior to explain his refusal to overrule prison doctors who decided to resume forced medication July 18. The drugging, he said, "seems entirely appropriate and reasonable to me."
Loughner's attorneys argued unsuccessfully that a court should review whether the forcible medications could resume.
The ruling came in a three-hour pretrial hearing Friday that offered insights into Loughner's fragile condition at federal prison in Springfield, Mo., where he is on suicide watch.
Christina Pietz, a psychologist who is treating him at the prison, said Loughner sobs uncontrollably at times. The prison decided to resume the forced medications July 18 after doctors found Loughner's condition had significantly worsened.
Moderate quake causes no injuries
HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) -- A moderate earthquake shook California's central coastal area early Saturday. It was widely felt in the region, but there were no reports of any injuries or damages.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck at 12:18 a.m. and was centered 22 miles southeast of Hollister.
In the two hours that followed, several smaller temblors ranging from magnitude 3.6 to 2.5 struck in the same general area.
The USGS website contained hundreds of hits from people reporting that they felt the larger temblor, with the highest concentration of responses in Hollister, Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Jose.
Medical helicopter crashes; 4 killed
MOSBY, Mo. (AP) -- A medical helicopter crashed in northwestern Missouri late Friday near a small airport where it planned to stop for fuel, killing all four people on board, authorities said.
The Eurocopter AS-350 was carrying three crew members and a patient when it went down in a field a mile north of Midwest National Air Center, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
The airport is located near the small Clay County community of Mosby, about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City.
Lunsford said the helicopter was flying to the Kansas City suburb of Liberty. He said the aircraft was based in the northwestern Missouri city of St. Joseph, but he could not confirm that the flight originated there.
The helicopter was owned by Air Methods Corp., an Englewood, Colo.-based air ambulance operator, Lunsford said.
Gibson, ex-girlfriend reach settlement
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After sparring for more than a year, Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend have reached a financial and custody settlement of a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner's reputation damaged.
Los Angeles Superior Court officials said in a statement late Friday that Gibson and Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva had reached an agreement after days of negotiation. Terms and conditions of the settlement were not announced.
The "Braveheart" star was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery as a result of a January 2010 fight with Grigorieva and pleaded no contest earlier this year. The actor-director entered his plea in a way in which he admitted no guilt, and Grigorieva cannot use the outcome in a civil case.