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Family surrounds ailing Eunice Shriver

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — John F. Kennedy's sister remains at a Massachusetts hospital with her family by her side.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver has suffered a series of strokes and was in critical condition at Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable on Saturday.

Her children and family have traveled to be with her, including her son-in-law, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's married to Shriver's daughter, Maria Shriver.

Maria Shriver and Schwarzenegger were seen leaving the hospital Saturday.

The 88-year-old Shriver is the fifth of the nine Kennedy children.

Hawaii prepares for hurricane's waves

HONOLULU (AP) — Several beach parks on Hawaii's Big Island will be closed beginning Sunday afternoon because of Hurricane Felicia, which is expected to increase wave heights as it approaches land, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency officials said Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu, however, said Felicia would likely be downgraded to a tropical storm or tropical depression once it moves closer to the islands.

Band cancels show after fatal accident

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Christian rock band MercyMe canceled a show Saturday in the St. Louis area after its tour bus collided with a car in northeastern Indiana, killing two passengers in the car and the pregnant car driver's unborn baby.

No one in the band was seriously injured, sustaining what they described as "minor bumps and bruises."

A news story on the crash and a photo of the damaged front of the bus were posted on the band's Web site Saturday.

Fort Wayne police Officer Liza Thomas said witnesses told police the bus was going through a green light about 1:15 a.m. when the car made a left turn in front of it. The band from the Dallas area had been in Fort Wayne for a Friday night show at Parkview Field.

Two passengers in the car, a male and female, were pronounced dead. Driver Kara Klinker, 18, of Fort Wayne, was in her third trimester of pregnancy and the baby died. Klinker was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition, Thomas said.

14-year-old charged with shooting sister

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a 14-year-old boy awoke from a bad dream and shot his stepsister in the head 10 times while she napped on the couch.

Richmond County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles says Eric Lee Phillips Whitehead has been charged with murder. Whitehead is charged as an adult in the Friday afternoon death of 22-year-old Patricia Ann Troglen.

The teen told authorities he considered his stepsister to be his best friend, but he became enraged after he dreamt about an argument with her.

Police say the teen awoke, got a gun from his stepfather's room and shot his stepsister.

Peebles says Whitehead had been in and out of trouble and had been staying at his stepfather's home temporarily.

Judge gives guard a $1.3M court penalty

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge was so appalled that a former Colorado prison guard accused of raping an inmate was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor that he imposed $1.3 million in damages in the inmate's civil lawsuit — a message advocates hope will pressure corrections officials nationwide to protect prisoners from sexual misconduct.

The Denver Women's Correctional Facility inmate said the former guard coerced her into a five-month sexual relationship, and sodomized her when she began refusing his advances, according to court documents.

The former guard pleaded guilty in 2008 to misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Obese inmate hides gun under fat folds

HOUSTON (AP) — An obese inmate in Texas has been charged after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh.

Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility after he told a guard at the Harris County Jail about the unloaded 9mm pistol.

The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs.

The 500-pound man was searched during his arrest and again at a city jail and the county jail, but officers never found the weapon in his rolls of skin.

Vera admitted having the gun during a shower break at the county jail.