Pair suspected in Christmas Eve deaths of relatives

CARNATION, Wash. - Detectives painstakingly picked their way Thursday through the rural property where six people were killed Christmas Eve, and prosecutors prepared charges against the property owners' daughter and her boyfriend, authorities said.

Hours after the bodies of the victims - three generations of the same family - were discovered, police arrested Michele Anderson, 29, and Joseph McEnroe, 29, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the names.

Zoo director says wall around tiger enclosure was low

SAN FRANCISCO - The director of the zoo where a teenager was killed by an escaped tiger acknowledged Thursday that the wall around the animal's pen was just 121/2 feet high - well below the height recommended by the main accrediting agency for the nation's zoos.

According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the minimum recommended height for tiger exhibit walls is 16.4 feet.

San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo said safety inspectors had examined the nearly 70-year-old wall and never raised red flags about its size.

Bank robbers who say they needed tuition money get 20 years of jail time

CINCINNATI - Two college students who claimed they were trying to raise tuition money through armed robberies got a tough lesson in court Thursday.

A Hamilton County common pleas judge sentenced Andrew Butler and Christopher Avery to 20-year prison terms and told them dire financial straits don't justify breaking the law.

'If you get to that point, robbing people isn't the answer. It never has been and it never will be,' Judge Steven Martin said.

Woman accused of wiping nose on cop

DUNBAR, W.Va. - Sometimes you need a police officer; sometimes you need a tissue. Confuse the two, and it could cost you.

A woman in this Charleston suburb was charged with battery on a police officer after the officer said she wiped her nose on the back of his shirt.

Cpl. S.E. Elliott said he had arrested the 36-year-old woman last week after seeing her slap a man, bite him on the elbow and spit in his face. Elliott said the woman wiped her nose on him as he led her into the police station for booking on a charge of domestic battery.

Thousands without power as high winds blow across Calif.

LOS ANGELES - Thousands of Southern California residents were without power Thursday as strong winds knocked down power lines and blew blinding dust across desert roadways.

About 9,900 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were without electricity, mainly in Hollywood, Silver Lake and West Los Angeles, said agency spokeswoman Carol Tucker.

By midmorning, winds were still blowing at 20-35 mph in many areas, with gusts as high as 65 mph possible in deserts, mountains and canyons.

Auction house says Wall Street executive purchased stamp

DALLAS - One of the most famously flawed stamps in U.S. history sold for $825,000 to a New York man who bought it slightly cheaper than the record price another 'Inverted Jenny' copy fetched at auction last month.

The rare 1918 24-cent stamp, depicting an upside-down Curtis JN-4 biplane known as 'Jenny,' was sold privately this week to a Wall Street executive who did not want to be identified.

Tiny monkey that flew in from Peru in owner's hat dies

NEW YORK - A small monkey stashed in a man's hat during a flight from Peru to New York has died, but federal health authorities don't know why.

The fist-sized tamarin showed no signs of illness during a quarantine period, Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Shelly Diaz said Wednesday. The agency had lifted the quarantine and was trying to find the animal a permanent home when it died, she said.

The primate was seized as its owner got off a plane at LaGuardia Airport on Aug. 7.

Artist's friends scatter her ashes all over the globe

CINCINNATI - Friends of an artist were handed envelopes containing her ashes at her memorial service and given a task: Spread the ashes wherever they felt appropriate.

Sculptor Patricia Renick's ashes ended up all over the world, her friends said, from a courtyard at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo., to the side of a Tibetan mountain covered with Buddhist prayer flags.