Sen. Stevens returns to stand as own star witness

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is back on the witness stand, telling jurors his side of the story about the home remodeling project that led to corruption charges.

Appearing as his own star witness, Stevens is trying to convince jurors that he intended to pay for the renovations. He described the busy schedule of a U.S. senator and said if contractors tacked on any freebies to the renovation, he was too preoccupied to notice.

Stevens appeared relaxed during his second day of testimony. But the real test is expected to come during cross-examination Friday afternoon.

The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens is charged with lying on Senate financial forms to hide more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from oil services contractor VECO Corp.