Dozens of hunters stranded in Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in northern Arizona are searching for more than 30 hunters who became stranded in snow after a powerful winter storm swept through the state.
Gerry Blair of the Coconino County sheriff's office says authorities received 11 reports, some from hunters themselves or others in the field, and some from family members reporting the hunters overdue.
Blair says the reports will be prioritized based on the hunters' locations, the number in each party and the estimated threat.
Police say 'Santa' tried to kidnap girl
PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Police near Cleveland say a man dressed as Santa Claus tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl walking to school.
Anthony Russo was later arrested wearing the Santa suit, complete with pillow and beard, and carrying a sack, a large box of candy canes and a unicycle with Christmas decorations.
Parma Police Capt. Robert DeSimone says the 46-year-old Russo, of Brook Park, is jailed pending charges expected to be filed Thursday.
DeSimone says Russo was hiding in bushes Wednesday in costume and jumped out at the girl. He says Russo tried to get the girl into the bushes, but she walked away.
State dinner-crasher quits tourism board
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who crashed a White House state dinner without an invitation has resigned under criticism from the Virginia Tourism Authority board.
Tareq Salahi resigned in an e-mail sent to Gov. Tim Kaine and Alisa Bailey, president of the Virginia Tourism Corp.
Salahi and his wife Michaele are aspiring reality TV stars and have been subpoenaed by the House Homeland Security Committee, which is investigating the security breach. The couple says they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
Sex offender to let police isolate house
CLEVELAND (AP) — A registered sex offender charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his Cleveland home agreed Wednesday to let police fence off the house with barbed wire to preserve evidence.
Anthony Sowell, 50, who pleaded not guilty last week by reason of insanity, appeared in handcuffs and dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit at the pretrial hearing.
He responded with few words to the judge's questions, waiving his right to a speedy trial to accommodate his new defense team. The waiver pushes back any trial until mid-2010.
Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Richard Bombik said the state hasn't ruled out asking the court to allow the trial jury to visit the house. Health considerations would be a factor in any decision about a jury walkthrough, he said. He did not elaborate.
Holy cow! Calf born with cross on head
STERLING, Conn. (AP) — A holy cow in Connecticut, perhaps? Or maybe a divine bovine?
A calf with a white marking on its forehead in the approximate shape of a cross was born last week at a dairy farm in Sterling, a small rustic town on the Rhode Island border.
Owner Brad Davis tells WFSB-TV he thinks the marking may be a message from above, though he's still trying to figure out what that message might be.
The mostly brown calf is half Jersey, half Holstein. Neighborhood children have named it Moses.
Moussaoui tipster collects $100,000
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man whose tip helped the FBI catch Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui has finally received a $100,000 reward, while another man credited as a tipster still has received nothing.
Tim Nelson said Wednesday he collected the reward at the Minneapolis FBI office last week. He said he was satisfied to finally get the recognition, but he believes the $5 million reward that went to a colleague last year was "exorbitant" and that the government's procedures for handing them out are too secretive.
Nelson, of St. Paul, was an instructor at the Pan Am International Flight Academy who called the FBI about a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to report his suspicions about Moussaoui, who had showed up at the Eagan flight school with thousands of dollars in cash and asked for training on Boeing 747 simulators.
L.A. Council delays vote on medical pot
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council delayed a vote Wednesday on a medical marijuana ordinance that could close hundreds of pot dispensaries across the city.
The council asked planning officials to return next week with zoning maps that show how many pot dispensaries could close if the city bans the shops within 500 feet of homes, schools and public gathering sites.
The council is wrestling with setting that distance at 500 feet or 1,000 feet. Some members feel a 1,000-foot limit would banish pot clinics to industrial areas.
3 arrested, 2 still at large after robbery
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Three men were under arrest and two other suspects were at large Wednesday after a violent robbery at an Orange County mansion owned by the founder of a collapsed subprime mortgage lender.
Three people suffered head injuries during the home invasion Tuesday night.