NH KILLER APOLOGIZES TO MACHETE VICTIM'S FAMILY : MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man convicted of hacking a woman to death with a machete and maiming her daughter during a home invasion has ordered his lawyers not to argue for a reduced sentence, and said in a statement Monday that he doesn't deserve or expect forgiveness.
Steven Spader was a month shy of his 18th birthday when he orchestrated the home invasion in Mont Vernon Oct. 4, 2009, in which Kimberly Cates was killed and her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie, was hacked and stabbed to near death. Their husband and father David Cates was on a business trip to Maryland at the time.
Spader, who bragged about the attacks vocally and in letters from jail, through his lawyers Monday apologized to the Cates family.
"Through my impulsive actions, I have torn apart families and ruined lives," said the statement by Steven Spader, which was read by his lawyer. "I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused you. I do not expect forgiveness, nor do I deserve any." He waived his right to be in court Monday.
Spader received a mandatory life sentence with no chance for parole
PROBATION FOR FORMER MISS DELAWARE TEEN USA: OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A young woman who resigned as Miss Delaware Teen USA after an online porn video surfaced was given a year of probation Monday for underage alcohol possession in Maryland.
Melissa King, 19, appeared in Worcester County District Court in Ocean City on citations for the alcohol violation and a separate theft charge. King was cited in August after police found a bottle of rum in her father's truck, which she was driving home from work. Two months earlier, King was cited on a charge of stealing money from a city bus fare box, but prosecutors dropped that charge Monday because of doubts about their case.
King resigned her pageant title in February after the online sex video surfaced, but denied appearing in the video.
NIKE YANKS T-SHIRTS IN AFTERMATH OF BOMBING: NEW YORK (AP) — Nike Inc. says it has pulled from the market T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Boston Massacre" in the aftermath of last week's bombing during the Boston Marathon that killed three people and left dozens injured.
The athletic company, based in Portland, Ore., said Monday that it took immediate action last week to remove the products. The shirts were sold primarily at its factory store outlets.
The shirts, which featured blood-splattered lettering, were designed for New York Yankees fans.
The "Boston Massacre" phrase has been used to describe a pivotal late-season sweep by the Yankees of the rival Boston Red Sox in 1978. That season culminated in a World Series championship for the Yankees.
DOCTORS: ALL BOSTON BOMB PATIENTS LIKELY TO LIVE: BOSTON (AP) — In a glimmer of good news after last week's tragedy, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.
That includes several people who arrived with legs attached by just a little skin, a 3-year-old boy with a head wound and bleeding on the brain, and a little girl riddled with nails. Even a transit system police officer whose heart had stopped and was close to bleeding to death after a shootout with the suspects now appears headed for recovery.
"All I feel is joy," said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, referring to his hospital's 31 blast patients. "Whoever came in alive, stayed alive."
Three people did die in the blasts, but at the scene, before hospitals even had a chance to try to save them.
ENERGY DEPT. SEIZES $21M FROM ELECTRIC CAR MAKER: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it has seized $21 million from troubled automaker Fisker Automotive Inc., just weeks after the company laid off three-fourths of its workers amid continuing financial and production problems.
Fisker had received $192 million in federal loans before a series of problems led U.S. officials to freeze the loan in 2011.
In a statement Monday, the Energy Department says it recovered money from the company's approximately $21 million reserve account, which was set up as part of the initial loan commitment in 2009.
The DOE awarded the Anaheim, Calif.-based company Fisker a $529 million loan as part of an Obama administration program to boost electric cars and other advanced vehicles. Fisker pledged its assets as collateral on that loan.
W.VA. INVESTIGATING DEATH OF MD. MAN: GLENGARY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man who had been competing in an endurance course.
Berkeley County Sheriff's Sgt. Ted Snyder says Avishek Sengupta of Ellicott City, Md., was found Saturday in water at the "Walk the Plank" obstacle of a "Tough Mudder" endurance event near Glengary. He died Sunday at a northern Virginia hospital.
Snyder said the death appears to have been accidental. About 750,000 people have participated in Tough Mudder courses since the first event was held in 2010, and Sengupta was the first person to die, company spokeswoman Ashley Pinakiewiczsaid..
BUSH LIBRARY EXHIBITS: 9/11, WAR, KATRINA, RECOUNT: DALLAS (AP) — A tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum begins in a bright area representing his early domestic agenda, but with one turn, visitors find themselves in a darkened room surrounded by chilling reminders of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
This contrast, symbolizing Bush's abrupt shift in priorities less than eight months into his first term, is among the most poignant exhibits at a museum being dedicated this week that also chronicles the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the Florida recount and various other historical events.
Bush told The Associated Press last week that he wanted to make sure the part of the museum devoted to 9/11 was powerful enough to remind visitors of how much the world changed that day.