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Police in this small eastern Arizona community were looking into the possibility that an 8-year-old boy who is charged with killing his father and another man with a rifle had been abused, the police chief said Saturday.

The boy, who faces two counts of premeditated murder, did not act on the spur of the moment, police Chief Roy Melnick said.

A judge determined Friday that there was probable cause to show the boy fatally shot his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, of San Carlos, with a .22-caliber rifle. Under Arizona law, charges can be filed against anyone 8 or older. The judge ordered a psychological evaluation.

Police are pushing to have the boy tried as an adult even as they investigate possible abuse, Melnick said. Associated Press

New York

A third theologically conservative diocese has broken away from the liberal Episcopal Church in a long-running dispute over the Bible, gay relationships and other issues. The Diocese of Quincy, Ill., took the vote at its annual meeting that ended Saturday. Two other dioceses – San Joaquin in Fresno, Calif., and Pittsburgh – have already split off. Next weekend, the Diocese of Fort Worth will vote whether to follow suit. Associated Press

Illinois Evanston

A 90-year-old woman has been living in a house with the bodies of her three siblings, one of whom may have been dead since the early 1980s, police said. The bodies were found Friday by police who were called by a senior advocate. The woman was taken to a hospital for observation. The Cook County medical examiner's office said Saturday that the people had died of natural causes but would not say how long they had been dead. Associated Press

Russia Moscow

Russian news agencies are reporting that an accident aboard a nuclear-powered submarine has killed more than 20 people. Interfax quotes navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo as saying the reactor is working normally and radiation levels are normal. State-run RIA-Novosti cites Dygalo as saying a fire-extinguishing system went into operation in error Sunday aboard the submarine during tests in the Pacific Ocean. Dygalo is quoted as saying the dead include sailors and shipbuilders. He says 21 others were injured and evacuated to a ship that is escorting the submarine to shore. Associated Press

Egypt Cairo

The son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was questioned at the Cairo airport by Egyptian officials Saturday after his application for asylum in Spain was rejected, said an airport security official. Omar Osama bin Laden sought asylum in Spain, claiming he would not be safe if returned to an Arab country. Spain said his application did not meet its requirements. Bin Laden, 27, and his wife were then sent back to Egypt, where they have lived for the past year. Associated Press

New Zealand

New Zealanders chose a wealthy, conservative former financier Saturday to help navigate the country through the global financial meltdown, handing long-serving left-wing Prime Minister Helen Clark a crushing defeat. John Key, the 47-year-old leader of the conservative National Party, swept easily to power, ousting Clark's Labour Party after nine years in office. Associated Press

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