Lindner denied abusing Lynch. He later invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and would not testify further. - AP
Rep. Jackson's leave extended
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated at an inpatient medical facility for "physical and emotional ailments" that are "more serious" than previously believed and will require extended treatment, according to a statement released by his office Thursday.
The Chicago Democrat, 47, who is running for reelection and faces a House ethics investigation over his ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been on medical leave for three weeks for exhaustion. No details about Jackson's whereabouts or condition were released when the leave was announced last week. Thursday's statement also did not disclose his location or provide details of his condition. - AP
Murder-suicide suspected in Ore.
DUNDEE, Ore. - A man whose wife filed for divorce in May is suspected of killing her and their two children at their home and then committing suicide, police said Thursday.
The family members were found dead Wednesday after a caller told police about an alarming post on a social network. All had been shot, police said. An autopsy was planned.
Investigators believe that Randall Engels 37, killed Amy Engels, 35, and their school-age children, said Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee police. - AP
Boy, 12, charged with killing girl, 2
PALMER PARK, Md. - Police say a 12-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl living with his family as a foster child.
The boy is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released. Police spokeswoman Julie Parker said the boy's father called 911 Tuesday night to report the girl was unresponsive. The man performed CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Parker said an autopsy confirmed the child, identified as Aniyah Batchelor, died of blunt-force trauma. - AP
After two weeks of delays due to weather and avalanche danger, the body of Mount Rainier National Park ranger Nick Hall, was recovered Thursday by helicopter. Hall, 33, fell 2,500 feet while helping rescue four climbers from Waco, Texas, after two of them fell into a crevasse.