Abu Ghraib Guard to Fight Abuse Charges

SAN ANTONIO -- Army Pfc. Lynndie England will abandon her earlier courtroom strategy and will fight charges that she was a key participant in detainee abuse by guards at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, her lawyer said.

England, 22, a reservist, appears in photos taken inside Abu Ghraib. She was to go on trial Tuesday at Fort Hood, Tex., on seven counts of mistreating prisoners.

* MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Waste Management canceled plans to develop a landfill along a historic trail that commemorates the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Civil rights activists and neighbors had sued to block the landfill near where civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was gunned down after the march.

* INEZ, Ky. -- People who live in a community deluged with more than 300 million gallons of gooey black coal sludge five years ago reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with Martin County Coal. Ned Pillersdorf, a Prestonsburg, Ky., attorney representing 12 of the people who lived in the sludged area, criticized the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. He said federal inspectors should have known the impoundment was unsafe and should have forced the company to stop using it.

* NEW YORK -- The threat of a Democratic mayoral runoff evaporated when city election officials announced that Fernando Ferrer had captured 727 more votes than the 40 percent he needed in last week's primary to become the nominee challenging Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

* ALBUQUERQUE -- New Mexico Treasurer Robert Vigil and former treasurer Michael Montoya pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering charges. They are accused of receiving kickbacks of cash, cars and expensive tickets to political fundraisers in exchange for allegedly steering state business to an investment adviser.

* DECATUR, Ga. -- Colvin "Butch" Hinton, 44, was convicted of murdering Shannon Melendi, 19, 11 years ago. Her body was never found.

* REMINGTON, Ind. -- A man shot and killed two women working at a convenience store, and police were seeking a man who also was suspected of killing a teenage girl in Ohio. Melvin M. Keeling, 43, of Deerfield Township, Ohio, was identified from images captured by a camera in the store where Liza Kendall, 29, and Kendora Furr, 38, were killed. Keeling was wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Katelind Caudill, 13, near Cincinnati earlier Monday, police said.

-- From News Services

The family of Shannon Melendi reacts in a Decatur, Ga., court as Colvin "Butch" Hinton is convicted of murder in her death 11 years ago. Second from left is her mother, Yvonne, who is next to a sister, Monique. Army Pfc. Lynndie England