Expletive edited from Cobain monument

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Three letters of a four-letter word have been replaced with asterisks on a Kurt Cobain monument near a Washington state bridge, where the late Nirvana front-man hung out when he was growing up.

The donated granite monument in Aberdeen, at an unofficial park honoring Cobain, features quotes from his lyrics. One quote included an expletive.

The park is on a right of way shared by the city and resident Tori Kovach.

KBKW reports City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder and Kovach agreed to block out three letters of the offending word.

Police: Mother drank before

fatal car crash

MORRILTON, Ark. - The mother of three young children who drowned after she drove into a central Arkansas lake had been drinking before the crash, authorities said Friday, the second recent case in which a mom was accused of drinking before getting behind the wheel with her kids.

Amber Turley, 26, was driving during a storm in early morning darkness on April 19 when she took a wrong turn onto a road that led straight into Brewer Lake, about 45 miles from Little Rock. She swam to shore but told investigators she was unable to rescue her boys - Aaron, 8, Alex, 7, and 2-year-old Anthony.

She was arrested Friday and is charged with three counts of felony endangerment of a child.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver critical at Mass. hospital

CAPE COD, Mass. - A family spokesman said Eunice Kennedy Shriver is in critical condition at a Massachusetts hospital.

Spokesman Stephen Rivers said Friday that the 88-year-old sister of President John F. Kennedy is surrounded by her family at Cape Cod Hospital. He said her husband, children and all her grandchildren are at her side.

Shriver is renowned in her own right for founding the Special Olympics.

Fla. senator to resign, return to private sector

ORLANDO, Fla. - Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida said Friday he will step down from the Senate before his term ends, adding fresh intrigue over who will fill the seat.

Martinez, the only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, told reporters at a news conference he was leaving office of his 'own free will.' He announced his decision in December not to seek to re-election in 2010.

'There's no impending reason, it's just my desire to move on,' he said.

Boy dies after getting stranded in Death Valley

TRONA, Calif. - An 11-year-old Las Vegas boy died after his mother's car got stuck in sand for five days on their way to Death Valley for a camping trip, officials said Friday.

Carlos Sanchez and his 28-year-old mother set out for an overnight trip to the area Aug. 1, but were stranded when their car got stuck about 20 miles east of Trona. The mother's name has not been released.

Their car was found Thursday at the southwest corner of Death Valley National Park after Las Vegas police reported the pair missing. The mother told her rescuers her son had died the day before. The family's dachshund also survived and was being cared for by sheriff's deputies, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Lotspeich, who assisted in the rescue.

The mother told authorities she got a flat tire on the way to Death Valley and continued after replacing it. Then, later in the day, their Jeep got stuck in the sand along the northern border of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center.

The mother hiked to the top of a tall peak to try to get a cell phone signal but could not, officials said. The pair had no maps and quickly consumed the 24 16-oz. bottles of water, Pop Tarts and cheese sandwiches they had packed.

Water main break floods NYC buildings

NEW YORK - An aging water main burst in Lower Manhattan early Friday, flooding about 15 buildings, forcing evacuations, disrupting subway and bus service and closing streets for blocks.

The 12-inch main broke at the intersection of West Broadway and Duane Street about 2:30 a.m. Friday. The water was up to 4 feet deep in some buildings at the height of the flood. It gushed for about three hours, and continued to trickle as workers dug up the street.