Two N.Y. Police Officers Killed

NEW YORK -- Two New York detectives attempting to arrest a man in a domestic violence case were shot and killed in Brooklyn Friday night. Authorities said the officers from the 67th Precinct were in the East Flatbush section when they were shot at 8:39 p.m.

The president of the Detectives Endowment Association said the officers were on their way to arrest the suspect when he opened fire on them. He said the officers returned fire, hitting the suspect in the leg. The shooter then carjacked a vehicle and fled the scene.

Police apprehended the suspect a short time later after receiving reports of an injured man in the street. They also recovered a weapon. Police identified the arrested man as 29-year-old Marlon Legere of Brooklyn.

* CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Federal and state investigators questioned Nevada prison inmates Friday after at least 15 governors received letters rigged to catch fire when the envelope was opened. The letters apparently did not contain writings but bore a return address from Nevada's maximum-security Ely State Prison. In three cases, a match inside the envelope flared when the letter was opened, but no one was hurt.

The letters listed one or the other of two Ely inmates as the sender, but authorities are not sure if either prisoner was involved, said Glen Whorton, assistant director for the Nevada Corrections Department.

* NEW YORK -- Former president Bill Clinton was released from the hospital and headed home to Chappaqua four days after undergoing heart bypass surgery, his office said in a statement. Clinton went to the hospital late last week after complaining of prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. Doctors said he had those symptoms for several months, blaming them on lapses in his exercise routine and acid reflux.

* RALEIGH -- Col. Denise Arn, the judge who presided over the military pretrial hearing for Pfc. Lynndie England, has made her recommendation on whether the Army reservist should be court-martialed for abusing Iraqi prisoners, officials said. Lt. Gen. John Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., will make the final decision on whether to court-martial England.

* HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- A 15-year-old youth allegedly scammed credit card information from more than a dozen people and then used the cards to buy a car he outfitted like a police cruiser. Authorities said the boy ran up $27,000 in charges and used some of the ill-gotten money to print business cards that identified him as a police officer, making it easier for him to buy the car and police gear. The scam began to unravel when police officers saw the youth getting into the Ford Crown Victoria and learned that he was 15 and had no driver's license, authorities said.

* LOS ANGELES -- A judge may throw out criminal charges against a Marine accused of killing an Iraqi prisoner in a U.S.-run jail near Nasiriyah because of problems with the evidence, a spokesman at Camp Pendleton said. Maj. Clarke Paulus's court-martial was set to begin Monday but has been postponed to Sept. 20 while lawyers decide what evidence can be presented.

-- From News Services