Student group pushes for right to carry weapons

SAN MARCOS, Texas - Mike Guzman and thousands of other students say the best way to prevent campus bloodshed is more guns.

Guzman, an economics major at Texas State University-San Marcos, is among 8,000 students nationwide who have joined the nonpartisan Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, arguing that students and faculty already licensed to carry concealed weapons should be allowed to pack heat along with their textbooks.

'It's the basic right of self defense,' said Guzman, a 23-year-old former Marine. 'Here on campus, we don't have that right, that right of self defense.'

Man, upset with wife, allegedly kills goat

WAUPACA, Wis. - A man who was upset with his wife for not buying beer took vengeance by shooting one of the family's two pet goats, prosecutors say.

Peter W. Mischler, 48, was charged this week in Circuit Court with mistreatment of animals, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.

The complaint said Mischler came home Saturday from hunting and became angry with his 22-year-old daughter for letting the goats out and making a mess. While she was talking on the phone to her mother, authorities said, he told her to tell his wife to bring home some beer, but his wife refused.

Retailers agree to remove lead-based jewelry in stores

ALBANY, N.Y. - Two major nationwide retailers have agreed to stop selling lead-laden children's jewelry in a settlement with New York authorities, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

Big Lots Inc., a discount retailer, and Michaels Stores Inc., a major crafts store, agreed to immediately discontinue sales of the jewelry at its stores across the country.

Other regional retailers including Pure Allure of Oceanside, Calif., and Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker.

Cheetah cub scales wall, escapes pen, later recaptured

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Zoo officials on Tuesday were trying to figure out how a year-old cheetah managed to get out of its exhibit a day earlier.

The cheetah scaled a wall at least 10 feet tall on Monday and got into a rocky area that separates animals from people at the River's Edge exhibit. The area was quickly evacuated. Twenty-seven minutes later, the cheetah was found, tranquilized and returned unharmed to its exhibit.

'We have no idea how the cat got up there,' said Jack Grisham, vice president of animal collection for the zoo. 'We have a million theories. It could have been the cats playing with one another and it made the lucky jump - or unlucky jump.'

Grisham said a visitor noticed the loose cheetah and notified a zoo worker.

Dolphin calf being nursed by 3 females

BALTIMORE - A two-month old dolphin calf at the National Aquarium is being nursed by three females, the aquarium announced Tuesday.

While it is known that female bottlenose dolphins can spontaneously produce milk if a calf is present, the practice is not well documented and aquarium staff are carefully watching the process.

The unnamed calf was born to a dolphin named Jade, who is being helped in her nursing duties by a mother-daughter team.