Wedding night spent in separate jail cells

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — A newlywed Massachusetts couple spent their wedding night in separate jail cells after police said the bride tried to run over an old flame of the groom.

Police say 22-year-old Hyannis resident Marissa Ann Putignano-Keene tried Monday to run over the other woman and the woman's son in a parking lot. The intended victim later told police that she had previously been in an intimate relationship with the groom.

Police say the couple got married at Barnstable Town Hall and split a bottle of champagne afterward.

The bride was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Her husband, 37-year-old Timothy Keene, was riding in the car with her and was charged with disorderly conduct.

Rove defends Bush on the war in Iraq

NEW YORK (AP) — Political strategist Karl Rove says President George W. Bush made the right decision to launch the Iraq war in 2003, but the former White House adviser admits the failure to find weapons of mass destruction badly damaged the administration's credibility.

In his new memoir, "Courage and Consequence," Rove blames himself for not pushing back against claims that Bush had taken the country to war under false pretenses, calling it one of the worst mistakes he made during the Bush presidency.

Rove says Bush did not knowingly mislead the American public about the existence of such weapons.

Angry emu snarls traffic in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A mad emu gave deputies a Texas-size hard time.

El Paso authorities say the big bird was running loose Tuesday, snarling rush-hour traffic near Interstate 10 and attacking deputies trying to restrain it.

Deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office tried to prevent the tall, flightless bird from running into traffic. But when deputies neared the emu, it became aggressive and slashed one deputy's pant leg.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

The emu died as it was being transported to an animal control shelter.

Woman weds, gives birth the same day

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman taken to a maternity ward in her wedding dress became a newlywed and a new mom on the same day.

Jamie Phillips says she felt contractions while her father walked her down the aisle during her wedding ceremony Saturday in Toledo in northwest Ohio, but she thought it was a false alarm. It wasn't until after her water broke at the reception that she was rushed to a hospital in Sylvania.

The baby boy, named Tova, wasn't due until March 7. His mother and her new husband, Mark Phillips, didn't think the baby would come quite so soon when they planned the wedding two weeks earlier.

Sea lions returning to San Francisco pier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sea lions are returning to San Francisco's Pier 39 after an abrupt disappearance that left tourists disappointed and experts baffled.

The number is fluctuating. But the population appears to be making a slow return after mysteriously ballooning to about 1,700 during Thanksgiving week, then dwindling to a handful in the following days.

Jim Oswald of the Marine Mammal Center says a couple of dozen sea lions were lounging Tuesday on the floating docks.

Marine experts say the animals come and go regularly, leaving in the fall to breed and give birth to their young in the Channel Islands.

Colorado governor breaks ribs cycling

DENVER (AP) — Doctors planned to keep Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter hospitalized Tuesday night after he broke several ribs in a bicycle accident, his spokesman said.

Ritter fractured five or six of his ribs after colliding with another cyclist, but he was in stable condition and resting at Denver Health Medical Center, his spokesman Evan Dreyer said at an afternoon news conference. He said the governor was in good spirits, laughing and joking with hospital staff and his wife, Jeannie.

Dreyer said Ritter was one of five bicyclists about 2 miles north of the governor's mansion shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday when his wheel hit the wheel of a man in front of him. The other cyclist had a minor wrist injury and wasn't hospitalized, Dreyer said.

L.A. school district may lay off 5,200

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has voted to send notices of possible layoffs to up to 5,200 teachers and other workers because of a huge budget gap.

The Board of Education was unanimous Tuesday in deciding to take the action as the nation's second-largest school district deals with a $640 million shortfall.

At the same time, the board has urged union leaders to enter negotiations that could make some layoffs unnecessary.