Student shot during gym class at Memphis school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A feud between two high school students that began off campus culminated at a gym class Monday when one student shot the other twice, then handed the gun to a coach, saying, 'It's over now,' authorities said.

The victim, a 19-year-old senior, was in critical condition at a hospital, authorities said. The suspected shooter, 17-year-old sophomore Corneilous Cheers, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and carrying a gun on school property, said police spokeswoman Monique Martin.

Postage rates to increase in May

WASHINGTON - It's time to stock up on Forever stamps.

The cost of mailing a letter will go up a penny - to 42 cents - on May 12.

But the Forever stamps will still be valid for first-class postage after that. And they can be bought for 41 cents until the new rates take place, postal officials said.

The post office has sold 5 billion Forever stamps since they were introduced last April and it plans to have an additional 5 billion in stock to meet the expected demand before the May price change, the agency said.

Moderate quake hits Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico - A moderate earthquake struck northwestern Mexico near the U.S. border Monday, prompting authorities to evacuate schools and resulting in at least one minor gas leak.

No major damage or injuries were reported from the temblor, which an expert said was likely an aftershock from a magnitude-5.4 quake three days ago.

The magnitude-4.9 quake hit around 10:30 a.m. local time. It was centered about 20 miles southeast of the border city of Mexicali, and 24 miles southeast of the U.S. border city of Calexico, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude was revised downward from an initial calculation of 5.1.

Ex-cop charged with killing girlfriend sobs in court

CANTON, Ohio - A former police officer accused of killing his pregnant lover sobbed on the witness stand Monday that he accidentally struck her when she wouldn't let him out of her house.

'I didn't mean to hurt her,' Bobby Cutts Jr. testified, clutching a handful of white tissues.

Cutts, 30, said he was at Jessie Davis' home to pick up his 21/2-year-old son, Blake, and was telling her to hurry.

He said that when she didn't move more quickly to get her son ready, he started to go, but that Davis grabbed him and told him he couldn't leave. He said he pulled his arm away and threw his elbow back, striking her in the throat and causing her to fall.

50 chickens found running through Philly high school

PHILADELPHIA - Monday mornings are hard enough. Imagine finding 50 chickens running loose in your high school.

Workers arriving about 5:30 a.m. to open Northeast High School in Philadelphia found dozens of hens and roosters wandering around the hallways. The birds were apparently brought to the school sometime over the weekend, said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard.

Official, immigrants charged in espionage cases

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department analyst and a former engineer for Boeing Co. were charged Monday in separate spy cases for allegedly handing over military secrets to the Chinese government, the Justice Department said.

Additionally, two immigrants from China and Taiwan accused of working with the defense analyst were arrested after an FBI raid Monday morning on a New Orleans home where one of them lived.

The two cases - based in Alexandria, Va., and Los Angeles - have no connection, and investigators said it was merely a coincidence that charges would be brought against both on the same day.

Pentagon charges six with murder in terror attacks

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Monday charged six Guantanamo Bay detainees with murder and war crimes for the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Officials sought the death penalty in the unprecedented military tribunal case that has been clouded by revelations the key suspect suffered interrogation tactics that critics call torture.

The son of a Sept. 11 victim said he was relieved by the development and hoped it would bring justice.

- From wire reports