-- were found inside Hensley's one-story house, which he shared with his wife, Julie.

Bible study teacher Brett R. Wildermuth, 37, was shot and killed at his house. The Rev. Ben Davis, pastor of First Church of God, said Hensley, a church member for about a year, had problems and "certainly wanted to break from his past." Davis would not elaborate.

A former co-worker of Hensley's at an automotive parts plant in nearby Bellefontaine said he was weird.

"He made us stop one nig Suspects in Slaying of Gay Couple

May Be Linked to Synagogue Arsons

SACRAMENTO -- Two brothers arrested in connection with the slaying of a gay couple in rural Northern California are suspected of playing a role in arson attacks on three Sacramento synagogues last month, authorities said last night.

A notebook compiled by Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 29, of the Redding area named various synagogue members mentioned in news accounts of the fires that caused $1 million damage. FBI agent James Maddock called the arrest of the Williams brothers in Shasta County a "potentially very significant break" in the arson case.

The two men were charged with receiving stolen property after discovery of the gay couple's missing car helped lead police to the brothers. The bodies of Gary Matson, 50, and Winfield Scott Mowder, 40, were found fatally shot in their beds July 1 in the mobile home they shared in Happy Valley, near Redding.

Deputies who searched the Williamses' home found pamphlets, magazines and other literature espousing white supremacist beliefs, and Shasta County police said the murders are being investigated as a hate crime.

Officers investigating the arsons will probe for any connections to crimes elsewhere, including the Midwest shooting rampage by a white supremacist last weekend.

Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, who shot himself to death as he was being chased by police, was allied with the World Church of the Creator, a group that has a substantial presence in Northern California and is being investigated in the Sacramento arsons.

3 Girls, Man Slain; Suspect at Large

SIDNEY, Ohio -- A factory worker killed three teenage girls at his home, then gunned down his Bible study teacher five miles away, police said.

Officers were searching for Lawrence Michael Hensley, 30, who fled in his car and was believed to have several guns, including four rifles.

A 22-year-old woman escaped Hensley's home after being shot in the legs and shoulder. She was hospitalized in serious condition and was not identified.

Police were still trying to determine a motive for the slayings, which happened late Thursday afternoon in Sidney, a community of 19,000 people 40 miles north of Dayton. The three teenagers -- Sherry Kimbler and Tosha Barrett, both 16, and Ame Mikesell, 14 -- were found inside Hensley's one-story house, which he shared with his wife, Julie.

Bible study teacher Brett R. Wildermuth, 37, was shot and killed at his house. The Rev. Ben Davis, pastor of First Church of God, said Hensley, a church member for about a year, had problems and "certainly wanted to break from his past." Davis would not elaborate.

A former co-worker of Hensley's at an automotive parts plant in nearby Bellefontaine said he was weird.

"He made us stop one night to look at road kill on the road," said Lisa Perin, 31, who lives across the street from the Hensleys. "He started taking the parts out of the animal. He thought it would be neat to hurt somebody and watch them die."

Tobacco Firms Cleared In Man s Cancer

BATON ROUGE, La. A jury cleared two tobacco companies of any responsibility for the cancer that plagued a lifelong smoker before his death in 1993.

Robert Gilboy s wife and three children claimed that cigarettes are an unreasonably dangerous product and sought $840,000 in damages $10,000 for every month of the seven years Gilboy lived after being diagnosed with lung cancer. But the jury disagreed, delivering an 11 to 1 verdict in favor of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and American Tobacco.

Addenda

EAGLE LAKE, Tex. Truck driver David Bubela, 21, will face charges of running a stop sign, which caused Amtrak s Sunset Limited to derail Thursday, causing minor injuries to 20 people, authorities said.

ST. PAUL, Minn. Sara Jane Olson, 52, acknowledged that she is former Symbionese Liberation Army radical Kathleen Ann Soliah a fugitive for 23 years and agreed to face conspiracy charges.

CONCORD, N.H. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) signed a law requiring insurance companies to cover birth control prescriptions, saying it would give women greater equity in health care coverage.