Pelosi Voted House Democratic Leader

* Nancy Pelosi made history yesterday when her fellow Democrats chose her to head their party in the House of Representatives.

Pelosi, a congresswoman from California, is the first woman to be the congressional leader of a political party.

As leader of the minority party in the House, Pelosi will be in charge of deciding what issues the Democrats should focus on. She'll work with other Democratic representatives to get the party's message across.

The Democrats did poorly in last week's elections. They lost control of the Senate and lost seats in the House of Representatives. Dick Gephardt of Missouri stepped down as Democratic leader. Pelosi won the election to replace him, defeating Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee, 177-29.

The Republicans elected their leaders on Wednesday. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi was reelected Senate leader. In the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert of Illinois was reelected speaker, and Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas will be the majority leader.

Book Thief Banned

* A California man has been banned from all his local libraries. The reason? He stole more than 3,500 books and videos.

Authorities said Ernest Heyneman, 85, a retired movie studio employee, would regularly visit Los Angeles-area libraries. He would check out several books and videos a week, and take them home and remove the security strips before returning the items on time. He then returned later and smuggled out his chosen material.

He was detected after a librarian noticed medical books were missing in the branch and made the link to Heyneman.

Heyneman pleaded "no contest," meaning he didn't admit his guilt but wasn't going to fight the charge. His lawyer said Heyneman was devastated by the punishment. "He loves books. He found solace in books. The penalty is jail for him. Worse than jail," attorney Stanley Sumalpong said.

-- From staff and wire reports

Nancy Pelosi is the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.