MICHIGAN: Grandma faces murder trial

With her grandson's terrified screams filling the courtroom, Sandra Layne, 74, sat in a jail jumpsuit with tears in her eyes Monday as she listened to the teen telling a 911 operator he'd been shot by his grandmother. Tapes of the emergency call were played at the hearing, during which Layne was ordered to stand trial on murder and weapons charges in the death of Jonathan Hoffman, 17. Layne was acting in self-defense, her attorney told reporters later. "I've just been shot. My grandma shot me. I'm going to die. Help," Jonathan yelled into a cellphone on May 18 from the condo he shared with his grandparents in West Bloomfield. Then he tells the operator: "I got shot, shot again. Please help. Help," before his voice trails off. Officer Derrick Kassab testified that Layne walked out of her home, hands up, and "screamed to me, 'I murdered my grandson.' "


KENTUCKY: McConnell sees repeal as doubtful

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the odds are against repealing the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. The Kentucky Republican said it's hard to unravel something of the magnitude of the 2,700-page health care law, WHAS-TV reports. "If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side," McConnell said. "Because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place." McConnell discussed the law in comments to about 50 people at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.


WASHINGTON: Romney sets trip to Israel

Mitt Romney is planning a trip to Israel this summer, an aide to the likely GOP nominee said Monday. Romney is expected to meet during the trip with top Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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