SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A northern Indiana judge has appointed a psychiatrist and a psychologist to evaluate the mental status of a former Notre Dame assistant football coach accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home.
Corwin Brown's family has said they believe his actions leading to a seven-hour standoff with police last August might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.
LAGOS, Nigeria - A new online video shows the leader of a radical Islamist sect challenging the president of Nigeria amid a nationwide strike in Africa's most populous nation.
Imam Abubakar Shekau of the sect known as Boko Haram criticizes President Goodluck Jonathan and the leader of an umbrella Christian group who called on worshippers to defend themselves from the sect. Shekau says the sect would kill anyone who challenges the group.
Shekau, wearing a camouflage bulletproof vest, sits between two Kalashnikov rifles in the video posted Tuesday to the Internet.
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.
LOGAN, Ohio - A man repeatedly shot his adult son and two sisters-in-law in his living room, killing them in front of his terminally ill wife, then fatally shot himself on the front porch as family tension about the cancer-stricken woman's care apparently boiled over, authorities said.
An earlier dispute about whether the woman should have been fed tea and toast or the orange her husband had peeled for her apparently set off the shooter Monday, 63-year-old Paul Gilkey.
NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's newest snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it's named after a 7-year-old girl.
Matilda's Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania about two years ago and was introduced last month as the world's newest known snake species in an issue of Zootaxa.
It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video.
But after being branded a "groomzilla," Todd Remis said Tuesday his now-notorious lawsuit is about holding a business to a pledge, not holding onto a broken marriage.
LONDON - The World Economic Forum warned Wednesday that the financial crisis that has gripped the global economy for the past few years is fueling resentment that could lay the seeds for a rising tide of protectionism, nationalism and social unrest.
In its assessment of the risks to the global economy, the Forum flagged a "dystopian future" for much of humanity that could wipe out the gains achieved so far by globalization and undermine a nascent economic recovery.
WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she's tired of people portraying her as "some kind of angry black woman."
Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she hasn't read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Barack Obama's top advisers.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - U.S. stock futures are edging lower as worries about a recession in Europe are outweighing hopes that the U.S. economic recovery will gather steam and help corporate earnings.
Dow Jones industrial futures are down 26 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 12,363 on Wednesday. Futures for the broader S&P 500 index are down 0.3 per cent to 1,283. The Nasdaq composite is down slightly at 2,356.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mitt Romney, fresh from a strong victory in New Hampshire, turned his attention Wednesday to the southern state of South Carolina where he is perceived as too moderate and faces a fierce battle.