National briefs: Son stabs Va. state senator

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, a leading Virginia political figure who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2009, was stabbed repeatedly Tuesday at his home during an altercation with his son, who then died of a gunshot wound.

Investigators believe that Gus Deeds, 24, stabbed his father before taking his own life. A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, Corinne Geller, described the episode as "an attempted murder-suicide." She offered no details about the argument between father and son.

Mr. Deeds, 55, was in fair condition after being flown by helicopter from rural Bath County to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was treated for multiple stab wounds to his head and upper torso.

Franklin execution stayed

ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday granted a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death, citing concerns over the state's new execution method.

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that a lawsuit filed by Franklin, 63, and 20 other death row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must be resolved before he is put to death.

Franklin, 63, was convicted of seven other murders, but the Missouri case was the only one resulting in a death sentence.

Zimmerman out on bail

SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman's girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that was not initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge Tuesday during Mr. Zimmerman's first court appearance on domestic violence-related charges.

Samantha Scheibe feared for her life because he mentioned suicide and said he "had nothing to lose," according to Assistant State Attorney Lymary Munoz.

After the hearing, Mr. Zimmerman's public defenders said he did not appear to be suicidal and expressed confidence he would be acquitted of any wrongdoing in Monday's domestic dispute. Hours later, he was released from jail after posting $9,000 bond.

Elvis holdings sold

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The money-making enterprise called Elvis Presley has been sold.

Authentic Brands Group said Tuesday it has bought Elvis Presley's intellectual property from CORE Media Group and is partnering with the founder of another company to operate the Graceland tourist attraction.

The purchase gives Authentic Brands control of Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages the licensing and merchandising rights to Presley's image, name and likeness, in addition to a massive collection of music, photos, movies, television appearances and performance specials featuring the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

A purchase price wasn't disclosed. Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, says she will continue to own the Graceland home and the original items inside it.

Elvis Presley died at age 42 in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.

Also in the nation ...

Rep. Trey Radel, 39, a first-term Republican from Florida, faces arraignment in a Washington court this morning after being charged with possession of a controlled substance. ... Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons, dubbed the "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs" because they appear forever locked in mortal combat, failed to sell Tuesday at a New York City auction.



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