3 killed as boat runs aground off Miami Beach

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - An aging, rusty boat carrying up to 42 people ran aground early Friday east of downtown Miami, killing at least three people and sending three others to area hospitals, while an untold number are still missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it planned to search the waters until dusk, and had accounted for 24 people. As many as 18 people still could be lost, and authorities weren't sure if some of the passengers had made it safely to land.

'We hope they're alive,' said Elee Erice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 'We're searching for them.'

Long overdue library book returned in Okla.

TULSA, Okla. - A library book checked out from a Tulsa high school in 1947 has been returned - with a $250 check to cover overdue fees.

Holland Hall School librarian Betty Niver said the book 'New Word Analysis: Or School Etymology of English Derivative Words' was mailed to the school by Martha McCabe Jarrett.

Jarrett, of Venice, Fla., was Martha McCabe, a sophomore, when she signed out the book 61 years ago at what was then Holland Hall School for Girls. She recently found it while cleaning out her other home in Rome, Ohio.

Minor quakes hit Dallas area; no damage, injuries

DALLAS - Several minor earthquakes gave some Texas residents an early Halloween scare, shaking their beds and knocking pictures off walls but causing no damage or injuries, authorities said.

A 2.5-magnitude quake at 11:25 p.m. Thursday near Grand Prairie was followed by a series of other small earthquakes in the Dallas suburb, then a 3.0-magnitude quake at 12:01 a.m. Friday in nearby Irving, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Most people in the Dallas area had no idea because the tremors were minor and centered in southwestern Irving. But those who did seemed unnerved by the rare Texas quakes that shook apartment buildings and set off car alarms.

No Halloween hijinks allowed in Sleepy Hollow

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. - Police are poised to prevent any monstrous Halloween behavior in the area where the Headless Horseman roamed.

Authorities in suburban Sleepy Hollow said they'll disperse large groups of teenagers, if necessary, and confiscate eggs and shaving cream.

The area served as the backdrop for Washington Irving's 1819 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' which depicts the Headless Horseman charging after a terrified Ichabod Crane.

Gunman arrested after students held hostage

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine - A gunman who had been on the lam for a week held 11 fifth-graders hostage at a school Friday but was tackled outside a classroom without any harm to the children, police said.

Randall Hofland, 55, had released all the students and had turned over a loaded gun to one of the young hostages before he was arrested at Stockton Springs Elementary School, authorities said.

He was taken to jail and all of the school's pupils, about 80, were taken by bus to an elementary school in neighboring Searsport.

NY judge gives red light to green taxis

NEW YORK - A federal judge has blocked New York City from forcing taxi operators to go green.

The ruling Friday by Judge Paul Crotty threw a major roadblock in the way of city plans requiring new cabs to combine gasoline and electric power. That rule was due to take effect today.

Taxi operators said in a lawsuit that fuel-efficient vehicles were not built to withstand the pounding that city cabs endure. The city has some 13,000 cabs.

Vigilance deters Halloween eve arsons in Detroit

DETROIT - Vigilance by fire officials and volunteers appears to have kept the number of arsons low in Detroit on the night before Halloween, which had become notorious as 'Devil's Night' in years past.

Mayoral spokesman Daniel Cherrin said 47 of the 65 fires reported Thursday and early Friday were suspicious. The total reported was consistent with last year. Two people died in what is believed to be an accidental house fire, Cherrin said.