Park officials kill overly friendly bear
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A disturbingly friendly grizzly bear that had boldly wandered through campgrounds and sniffed food and around the edges of tents has been killed after Glacier National Park officials determined the animal had become too much of a threat to humans.
One of her two yearling cubs died after being tranquilized. The other will be moved to the Bronx Zoo.
Park rangers shot the 17-year-old grizzly Monday about 300 yards from the Oldman Lake Campground, which was occupied. An hour later, the yearling cubs were hit with tranquilizer darts.
Chili contest going east of Mississippi
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The International Chili Society's world championship cookoff will be decided east of the Mississippi River for the first time.
The nonprofit group based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., announced Tuesday the 43rd annual competition will be held Oct. 9-11 in West Virginia. Organizers expect as many as 400 cooks will compete in red and green chili categories and in a salsa contest at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park.
The competition was held in Las Vegas last year and in Omaha, Neb., in 2007.
Guns, cash seized in terror plot case
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal agents seized several rifles and other guns, $14,000 cash and newspaper clippings of the Sept. 11 attacks from a man accused of plotting international terrorism, according to a warrant unsealed Tuesday.
The search warrant shows investigators seized dozens of items from Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39. The FBI had previously said agents seized some 2 dozen guns and more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition.
University to reject tainted bequest
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh says it won't accept an estimated $225,000 bequest from the gunman who committed suicide after killing three women and wounding nine others at a Pittsburgh-area health club.
Court papers of the intended estate gift were filed Friday by the brother and executor for 48-year-old George Sodini. University spokesman Robert Hill rejected the offer on Tuesday.
Two women injured in the Aug. 4 shooting an L.A. Fitness club intend to sue Sodini's estate. Lisa Marie Fleeher and Ashley Ferragonio filed notices Tuesday in Allegheny County court.
Sodini graduated from Pitt in 1992 and named the school as beneficiary in a 2007 will.
N.Y. official aims to halt bill collector
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general said Tuesday he is trying to shut down a debt collector whose employees used outrageous tactics in several states, such as threatening to sexually attack one debtor's daughter, berating people as drunks and deadbeats, and bullying others with threats of arrest.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced the lawsuit against the Benning-Smith Group for what he says are more than 1,000 violations of state and federal law in New York alone. He said his staff has also spoken to people from Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas who say they were victims.
Cuomo said he is chasing more than 850 complaints and is suing at least 13 debt collection companies with separate names operated under the Benning-Smith Group.
Bad day for family: kidnapping, arrest
PHOENIX (AP) — Four gunmen burst into a home early Tuesday, kidnapping a 2-year-old boy and 11-month-old girl when their mother could not meet demands for money, police said. The children were released safely five hours later and the mother was arrested on drug charges.
Based on evidence at the kidnapping scene, a search warrant was served and investigators found several pounds of methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia, police spokesman Andy Hill said.
Hill said Marisa Sandoval, 20, was being booked into jail for possession of dangerous drugs for sale.
The children were with the woman's family and investigators have made a referral to Child Protective Services, according to Hill.
Man denies murder of a Kansas coed
EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Kansas college student who led a secret life as an Internet porn model pleaded not guilty to her murder Tuesday.
The attorney for Israel Mireles, 26, entered the plea after Judge David Ricke ruled that prosecutors had enough evidence to try him on charges of capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the death of 18-year-old Emily Sander. The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 2.
Ricke's ruling followed a daylong preliminary hearing in Butler County District Court in which prosecutors laid out their case against Mireles, portraying a night of underage drinking that ended with Sander's brutal slaying.
Video's release to serve as lesson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who's seen in a police video being kicked and punched by Minneapolis officers says he made the recording public in order to prevent the same thing happening to others.
Derryl Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday, "No one deserved what happened to me that night."
A Minneapolis officer pulled over the 43-year-old Jenkins last February. The video shows the two talking, then struggling, and soon several other officers arrive and are seen punching and kicking Jenkins, of Brooklyn Center.