Marriage is financial boost — for men

NEW YORK (AP) — Historically, marriage was the surest route to financial security for women. Nowadays it's men who are increasingly getting the biggest economic boost from tying the knot, according to a new analysis of census data.

The changes, summarized in a Pew Research Center report being released today, reflect the proliferation of working wives over the past 40 years — a period in which American women outpaced men in both education and earnings growth. A larger share of today's men, compared with their 1970 counterparts, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own, and a larger share of women are married to men with less education and income.

"From an economic perspective, these trends have contributed to a gender role reversal in the gains from marriage," wrote the report's authors, Richard Fry and D'Vera Cohn.

"In the past, when relatively few wives worked, marriage enhanced the economic status of women more than that of men. In recent decades, however, the economic gains associated with marriage have been greater for men."

Execution of Nevada inmate again stayed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The upcoming execution of a condemned Nevada inmate has been stayed for a second time while he appeals to a federal court to overturn state rulings in his case.

Robert Lee McConnell, 37, had been scheduled to die Feb. 1 after pleading guilty in Washoe County District Court to the 2002 murder of Brian Pierce, 25, his ex-girlfriend's fiance.

McConnell's appeal was expected after he was moved recently from the state's maximum-security prison in Ely to death row at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, state corrections chief Howard Skolnik said Monday.

Calendar appears eager to end month

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents and others relying on a new calendar issued by the city of Grand Forks will get a jump-start on February.

The recently issued City of Grand Forks 2010 Calendar is missing Sunday, Jan. 31.

City spokesman John Bernstrom says the error was noticed when boxes of the calendar printed by Fine Print of Grand Forks were opened before Christmas.

Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, dies

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (AP) — Glen W. Bell Jr., an entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain, has died. He was 86.

Bell died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, according to a statement posted Monday on the Taco Bell Web site.

The Irvine-based company did not release a cause of death.

Bell launched his first restaurant, called Bell's Drive-In, in 1948 in San Bernardino after seeing the success of McDonald's Bar-B-Que, the predecessor of McDonald's, which was founded in the same city in 1940.

Article questions detainee 'suicides'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Guantanamo Bay detainees whose deaths were ruled a suicide in 2006 apparently had been transported from their cells hours before their deaths to a secret site on the island, an article in Harper's magazine asserts.

The published account released Monday raises serious questions about whether the three detainees actually died by hanging themselves in their cells and suggests the U.S. government is covering up details of what precisely happened in the hours before the deaths on the night of June 9, 2006.

In response to the magazine article, the Justice Department said Monday that it had thoroughly reviewed the allegations and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Harper's reported that the deaths of the three detainees, or the events that led directly to their deaths, most likely occurred at a previously undisclosed facility a mile or so from the main Guantanamo Bay prison complex.

Californian drowns in skiing accident

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A California woman died in a Colorado heli-skiing accident after she fell into a creek and apparently drowned when her helmet got stuck between two rocks.

Fifty-year-old Mary Scott King, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was downhill skiing with a guide in the Mineral Creek Basin near Telluride on Saturday morning when she crossed a creek.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says King fell in the water and that her helmet became wedged between two rocks. The guide was unable to free her, and she drowned.

Daughter's pit bulls apparently kill man

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man who was apparently fatally mauled by his daughter's pit bulls.

The daughter told authorities she came home Sunday night and found her father, Johnny Wilson, lying on the living room floor covered in blood. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Wilson suffered numerous bite wounds on various parts of his body.

The daughter turned over four adult pit bulls and two puppies to Chicago Animal Care and Control, where the dogs were being evaluated.

Soldier guilty of cruelty to peers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A military panel in Kuwait convicted a U.S. soldier of being cruel and mistreating fellow soldiers, a case undertaken after an Army private from Ohio committed suicide in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Enoch Chatman, of West Covina, Calif., was convicted Wednesday on two violations of the cruelty and maltreatment article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a military spokesman in Iraq.

Chatman was one of four soldiers accused of mistreating others in their platoon in Iraq through verbal abuse, physical punishment and ridicule of other soldiers.

The investigation was prompted by the August death of Pvt. Keiffer Wilhelm, who grew up in Willard in northwest Ohio.