Beaches reopen after shark attack

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - Beaches in the San Diego area are open now that authorities have suspended shark warnings following a fatal attack 150 yards offshore.

Solana Beach city spokesman Steve Didier says the beaches were busy Monday as surfers and swimmers ventured back into the water.

Sixty-six-year-old triathlete David Martin died Friday of blood loss after being bitten once by a shark, believed to be a great white about 15 feet long.

The shark has not been seen since. About 17 miles of coastline were closed after the attack.

DA: Parents prayed while daughter died

WESTON, Wis. - A couple who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes will be charged with second-degree reckless homicide, a prosecutor said Monday.

'It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn't allowed medical intervention,' Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad said.

Madeline Neumann, daughter of Dale and Leilani Neumann, died March 23 at the family's rural Weston home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.

Time to stock up on Forever stamps

WASHINGTON - With a postal rate increase just two weeks away, Americans are buying 30 million Forever stamps a day.

The cost of sending a first-class letter will rise a penny to 42 cents on May 12, but the Forever stamps - currently selling for 41 cents - will remain valid for full postage after the increase.

Forever stamps were introduced last year and since then more than six billion have been sold, with interest growing as the rate increase nears.

Dean resigns amid degree scandal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The dean of West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics is resigning amid scandal over a master's degree awarded to the governor's daughter, the school announced Monday.

R. Stephen Sears is the second high-ranking academic officer to leave as a result, following Sunday's announcement that Provost Gerald Lang is resigning. Both are to step down June 30.

An investigating panel concluded last week that the two men were among several administrators who acted inappropriately and applied 'severely flawed' judgment in awarding Heather Bresch a degree the panel said she did not earn.

Bresch, the 38-year-old daughter of Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, works for one of the university's key donors, Milan Puskar, and is a longtime friend of WVU President Mike Garrison.

Man survives falling 500 feet into mine

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man who survived a 500-foot plunge into a Pennsylvania strip mine said Monday he doesn't remember much about the ordeal.

Nathan Bowman, 23, of Tamaqua, said he broke his collarbone and tailbone and suffered wrist and ankle injuries when he slipped and fell into the Springdale Pit, an inactive coal mine about 700 feet deep, 3,000 feet long and 1,500 feet wide.

'I just want to say thank you to everyone who rescued me,' a groggy-sounding Bowman said in a phone interview from his hospital bed.

Asked how he's doing, he said, 'I'm still alive.' He added that he's in a lot of pain.

Police said Bowman and a friend were trespassing on the coal company property about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia when Bowman fell over a sheer cliff around 1 a.m. Friday.

Truck driver cited in fatal crash

CHICAGO - A truck driver was cited for negligent driving after his semitrailer rammed into a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two women and injuring 21 other people.

Donald Wells received the traffic ticket Sunday, police said. The investigation of the crash was ongoing, police said. The violation carries a maximum fine of $100, police said. Wells is due in court June 10.

His rig crashed during the Friday afternoon rush hour at the Cermak stop, which serves the city's Chinatown neighborhood south of downtown.

School says father stabbed student

HOUSTON - Authorities say a student was stabbed three times in a Houston school by a man who thought the boy had witnessed a sexual assault against his daughter.

The father was arrested by school police.

The man and his wife had gone to Wunsche High School in the Spring school district north of Houston on Monday to tell administrators about the assault, which they said took place off campus over the weekend.