Witness describes second shark attack

CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. - A 16-year-old boy who lost a leg following the second shark attack in three days along the Florida Panhandle was in critical condition Tuesday and facing more surgery.

Craig Adam Hutto, of Lebanon, Tenn., was fishing in waist-deep water about 60 feet from shore with his brother and a friend Monday when the shark grabbed his right thigh, nearly severing the leg, said Capt. Bobby Plair of the Gulf County Sheriff's Office.

The attack on Hutto was witnessed by Karen Eaker, 42, of Horn Lake, Miss.

''Within five seconds, it was obvious there was something wrong,'' Eaker said. ''We had heard the word 'shark,' and then we saw the red water and the tug-of-war going on between the brother and the shark.''

Wal-Mart heir dies in plane crash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton, who died in the crash of his experimental, ultralight aircraft, was remembered as a friendly man who threw his considerable financial support behind efforts to educate low-income children.

Walton, of Jackson, Wyo., crashed shortly after takeoff Monday from Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park, the company said. The cause of the crash was not known, and park rangers planned an investigation, officials said. Walton was 58.

Missing teen's mom 'devastated' by release of official

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Natalee Holloway's mother said Tuesday she was devastated by the release of an Aruba judicial official in the case of her missing daughter because she was convinced he was hiding information.

Aruban police released Paul van der Sloot on Sunday after a judge ruled there was insufficient cause to continue holding him. He was arrested Thursday in the disappearance of the 18-year-old Alabama honors student, last seen on a beach during the early hours of May 30.

''That was a huge blow to us,'' Beth Holloway Twitty told ABC's ''Good Morning America.'' ''We were devastated.''

Wisconsin court rules in favor of power power

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin regulators acted properly in approving a huge coal-fired power plant, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in rejecting a challenge by environmentalists who say it would pollute air and water across the


Opponents of the $2.15 billion project argued the Public Service Commission did not do a complete review of the Wisconsin Energy proposal and failed to study whether cleaner-burning natural gas was a viable alternative to coal.

The state Supreme Court voted 4-2 to reject those arguments.

USDA fails to find out why tiger attacked illusionist

LAS VEGAS - The tiger-was-hungry theory was ruled out. And there was no proof that the animal was deliberately provoked by someone in the audience, or that a terrorist sprayed it with a behavior-altering scent, or that it was unhinged by a woman with a beehive hairdo.

But federal investigators still do not know what led a Bengal tiger to attack illusionist Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy during a performance nearly two years ago.

The case was finally closed late last year with no official determination of what set off the animal, named Montecore.

Utah firefighters spend the night battling blaze

NEW HARMONY, Utah - Fresh teams of firefighters moved into town Tuesday morning to help crews that had worked through most of the night to save the town from a shifting wildfire.

Some residents of New Harmony were being allowed to return to homes in part of town farthest away from the flames.

Elsewhere in the southwestern corner of Utah, an early morning lightning storm started two new wildfires. The tiny town of Motoqua, a cluster of 12 homes about 25 miles west of St. George, was placed under a one-hour evacuation order as flames moved to within 11/2 miles of city limits.

Court upholds contempt finding against reporters

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld civil contempt of court findings against four journalists who refuse to reveal their sources for stories about former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.

Lee has filed a lawsuit alleging government officials leaked information about him to reporters, violating the Privacy Act in pointing to him as a suspect in the possible theft of nuclear secrets for China.

The four reporters are H. Josef Hebert of The Associated Press, The New York Times' James Risen, Robert Drogin of the Los Angeles Times and Pierre Thomas, formerly of CNN and now of ABC. The AP will ask the full nine-member appeals court in Washington to review the matter.

- From wire reports