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Sen. Craig seeking to withdraw plea

WASHINGTON — Sen. Larry Craig will file court documents Monday asking to withdraw his guilty plea in a sex sting that seems likely to end his career, his attorney said.

Craig, an Idaho Republican, pleaded guilty in August to disorderly conduct following a sting operation in a menís bathroom at the Minneapolis airport.

He has said he regrets that decision, which he said he made hastily and without talking to an attorney. He said he was under stress and pleaded guilty only to put the matter behind him.

Another false lead in Fossett search

RENO, Nev. — Rescue crews searching for famed millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett stumbled upon another false lead Sunday when they discovered what they thought was a downed airplane — but didnít find the missing aviator.

ďOnce again, you had your hopes raised and dashed, just as we have,Ē Nevada Civil Air Patrol Maj. Cynthia Ryan told reporters during a news conference.

Rescue crews spotted an object southeast of the private ranch where Fossett was staying 80 miles southeast of Reno when he took off Monday for what was supposed to be a three-hour flight. Authorities did not say what the sighting was.

Hillary Clinton: Time to pull troops

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted Sunday night itís time to start pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq as she and her Democratic presidential rivals debated the war on the eve of a much-awaited assessment by U.S. commanding Gen. David Petraeus.

In the first presidential debate ever broadcast in Spanish, the protracted war in Iraq competed for attention with the swirling argument over immigration.

Man kills 2 Texas police officers

ODESSA, Texas — Two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance were killed and a third was critically wounded by a gunman who led authorities on an hours-long standoff, authorities said.

Investigators said a woman leaving the home Saturday night told the responding officers her husband had hit her. When the officers were unable to enter the house through the front door, they tried to go in the back door, where a man came out shooting at them, said Tela Mange, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman.

The suspected gunman, Larry White, 58, went back into the house, where he held police in a four-hour standoff until he surrendered around 10 p.m., Mange said.

Body believed to be BYU student

PROVO, Utah — A womanís body found in a canyon Sunday was believed to be a Brigham Young University student missing for more than a week, authorities said, and it appeared that she fell to her death.

Camille Cleverley, 22, has been missing since Aug. 30.

compiled from wire reports

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