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KEY WITNESS IN MURDER CASE, HIS MOM FOUND SHOT TO DEATH

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy who was the state's key witness in a murder case was shot to death along with his mother.Leroy Brown Jr. and his mother, Karen Clarke, 30, were found at their home Friday by Clarke's co-workers, who were concerned because she didn't show up for work. Both had been shot at least once, police said.

The pair had apparently just come home from shopping when they were attacked, and bags of groceries were strewn on the floor, said police Lt. Matthew Cuminotto Jr.

Leroy, a second-grader, was the state's key witness against Russell Peeler, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge in the May 29 killing of Rudolph Snead Jr., 28, who was shot eight times in the legs, left arm and back at a crowded barber shop.

The Connecticut Post, citing police sources it did not identify, said Leroy witnessed the shooting.

SCHOOLGIRL HOME WITH SNIFFLES IS KILLED WHEN CAR RAMS HOUSE

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) -- A man with a history of seizures veered off a highway and crashed through the family room window of a house, killing a 9-year-old girl who was home from school with the sniffles.

Katie Chandler, a fourth-grader, was working on a puzzle and watching cartoons when she was crushed Thursday by a station wagon driven by Johnny Robertson, 37, of Plano, police said.

Police said the driver slammed into the brick home after driving off U.S. Highway 380, crossing oncoming traffic and an alley, striking a gas meter and barely missing a neighbor's garage.

WOMAN WHO SAID DOG WAS ILL TO GET RX PLEADS GUILTY

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A woman faces up to four years in prison for pretending her dog was sick so she could use her pet's painkiller for herself.

Molly Lackey Murrow, 30, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty Friday to falsely obtaining the drug Torbutrol, a prescription painkiller provided to her Chihuahua-terrier mixed-breed dog.

She could be sentenced to as much as four years in prison.

Authorities believe Murrow duped veterinarians in several counties into prescribing pain medicine for her dog after she became addicted to a migraine headache medication.

HOG HUNT BECOMES SLAUGHTER AFTER PETA ACTIVISTS PROTEST

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) -- A hog hunt that was supposed to draw attention to low pork prices turned into a slaughter Saturday after animal rights activists objected.

Pat Finnegan said he and other hog farmers originally had planned to let people hunt domestic pigs at a shooting range as a way of publicizing the plight of hog farmers.

However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested to local and state authorities, and Finnegan said Meeker County Sheriff Mike Hirman advised him that it was illegal to hunt domestic animals.

So instead of the hunt, Finnegan said the farmers conducted a slaughtering operation, selling the butchered hogs for $100 each, less than consumers would pay for the meat at a store.

Hog farmers across the nation have been getting as little as $20 a head for animals that cost them as much as $100 each to raise.

BOY WHO WAS FOUND SHOT NEXT TO GIRLFRIEND DIES AT HOSPITAL

ATLANTA (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy who was found shot alongside his girlfriend in a high school bathroom died Saturday.

Authorities say Jeff Miller and his girlfriend Andrea Garrett made a suicide pact that they carried out Friday at Central High School in Carrollton, about 50 miles west of Atlanta.

Miller died from a gunshot wound to the head at an Atlanta hospital. Garrett, 15, was pronounced dead shortly after the shootings.

TRACK CLOSES AFTER 6 DOGS DIE OF MYSTERY ILLNESS IN FLORIDA

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A track where six greyhounds have died from a mystery illness was closed as officials worked to save dozens of sick dogs.

Derby Lane, billed as the world's oldest continuously operating dog track, shut down Friday after the dogs succumbed to a pneumonia-like illness.

More than 100 others -- 2- and 3-year-olds -- are suffering from a highly contagious cough.

The track imposed a quarantine on its greyhounds and set up an around-the-clock infirmary to combat the illness, which officials say poses no threat to humans.

Dog tracks in Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples and Orlando also have quarantined their dogs as a precaution.

CARRIAGE-PULLING MARE DIES OF ELECTROCUTION ON N.Y. ROAD

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the horses that pulls tourist carriages was electrocuted on a Manhattan street when it stepped on a metal plate covering an electrical utility's service box.

A combination of wet weather and salt spread on the street to melt snow and ice may have produced a short circuit.

Jackie, a 9-year-old mare, was heading for a stable when she died Friday at Madison Avenue and 59th Street, said police Sgt. Ellen Tietjen.

Jackie's driver, Stephen Hand, suffered minor injuries.

100-YEAR-OLD FRENCH VETERAN HONORED FOR SERVICE IN WWI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 100-year-old veteran who survived a World War I mustard-gas attack was awarded France's highest honor in a nursing home ceremony.

William Zelnicker received the National Order of the Legion of Honor on Friday.

"We don't forget what you did 80 years ago," Deputy Consul General Philippe Vinogradoff said, pinning the crimson ribbon and white cross on Zelnicker and kissing him on both cheeks.

The Providence, R.I., native ran away from home and enlisted in the Army's 26th "Yankee" Division at age 17, before the United States had entered World War I.

He was an ambulance driver and stretcher bearer until he was felled in the Sept. 24, 1918, German mustard-gas attack during the American offensive on St. Mihiel.