U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler has ordered prosecutors to prepare criminal contempt charges against Cable News Network for broadcasting tapes of prison conversations between deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega and his defense team.

The Missouri Supreme Court turned down a request by an anti-euthanasia group that state officials be forced to provide nourishment to Nancy Cruzan, 33, whose condition is deteriorating six days after removal of her feeding tube.

Gary Spath, 29, a white policeman charged with fatally shooting a black teenager in Teaneck, N.J., last April, pleaded not guilty to reckless manslaughter. The shooting had touched off civil disturbances.

Mount St. Helens shot a plume of steam and ash 23,000 feet in the air, but scientists in Seattle said it did not appear to be an eruption involving molten rock.

Johnny Rogers, 28, was held in Chicago in the stabbing death of Inez Williams, 37, with a butcher knife beneath the family Christmas tree, where her daughter, 8, found the body. In a closet, police found a beaten girl, 2, whom Williams had been watching.

Robert Anderson, a Mountain View, Calif., bricklayer, was held on federal charges of attempted murder after he allegedly fired rifles shots in an attempt to take over the flight tower at Moffett Naval Air Station, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, officials said.