Fla.'s Harris to Run for Senate

TALLAHASSEE -- Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, who as Florida's secretary of state was both praised and vilified for her part in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday that she will run for the Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Harris, 48, is serving her second term in Congress. She is considered a top fundraiser and is popular among Republicans. But she is also despised by some Democrats for her role in overseeing the recount that ultimately gave Florida and the White House to George W. Bush over Al Gore. Her entry into the race could galvanize Democratic voters and contributors.

She considered running for the Senate last year after Democrat Bob Graham announced his retirement but decided against it. Republicans feared a Harris candidacy would hurt President Bush's chances of carrying Florida.

* TRENTON, N.J. -- Doug Forrester (R) and Sen. Jon S. Corzine (D) won their parties' gubernatorial primaries and will meet in the state's first race for governor since James E. McGreevey resigned in a gay-sex scandal. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Forrester had 106,542 votes, or 36 percent, to former Jersey City mayor Bret Schundler's 93,541 votes, or 31 percent, in the seven-way GOP contest. Corzine had 88 percent of the Democratic vote.

* LITTLE ROCK -- Marcellus Johnson, 3, died after being left in a day-care van for hours while the temperature was in the 90s, police said. Van driver Rancocas Foreman, 22, was charged with manslaughter after missing the boy's stop and parking his van at home before leaving for a second job, authorities said. The boy was discovered about five hours later.

* RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- John C. Jeffers, 64, who swindled hundreds of Christians out of more than $26 million by promising a 4,000 percent return on their money, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to repay his victims.

* ARLINGTON, Tex. -- A measure revamping Texas's Child Protective Services Division was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry (R), who had declared the issue an emergency after several child homicides by parents who had been investigated for abuse. Nearly $250 million for Child Protective Services could allow the agency to hire 2,500 more workers and cut caseloads from 74 a month per investigator to about 45.

* NEW YORK -- A man was found dead in the wheel well of a South African Airways passenger plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, airport police said. The flight from Johannesburg had stopped in Dakar, Senegal.

* GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A college student whose younger sister was murdered more than a decade ago received a $5,000 scholarship from death row inmates from around the country. Zach Osborne was 6 when his sister, Natalie, 4, was raped and murdered in 1992 by their mother's boyfriend, Jeff Kandies, who is on North Carolina's death row. Including Osborne's grant, inmates -- contributing through their bimonthly publication, Compassion -- have given seven scholarships worth about $27,000.

-- From News Services