ORLANDO, Fla.

No gag order in trial

A Florida judge on Monday denied prosecutors’ request for a gag order in the trial of a neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said in an order that there was no need for a gag order at this time to ensure a fair trial for George Zimmerman. The 29-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting last February.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.

Senator’s mother dies

Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, the mother of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems, the senator said. The first-term Democratic senator, who is locked in a close re-election race with Republican Rep. Todd Akin, had canceled most of her campaign events starting last week to spend time with her 84-year-old mother.

PORTLAND, Ore.

Missing teens found

Two Oregon teenagers who didn’t return from a weekend hike are safe after spending two nights in wet, windy weather. A representative from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says 17-year-old Jackson Chandler and 16-year-old Bradley Nelson were found Monday afternoon and did not need medical attention. The pair left West Linn in suburban Portland on Saturday afternoon and were expected to return to their car by nightfall.

LOS ANGELES

Cooper’s show to end

Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show will be wrapping after two seasons. Warner Bros. said Monday that the marketplace made it increasingly difficult for Anderson Live to “break through” to viewers despite format changes. The show switched to live broadcasts in its second year but struggled to match the ratings performance of daytime frontrunners including Ellen and Live! With Kelly and Michael. Newcomers, including Katie Couric, also added to the competition.

Compiled from wire reports.