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NATION IN BRIEF: Mom sobs at account of daughter's death

The Associated Press. Attorneys Jose Baez, left, and Andrea Lyon, right, talk with their client Casey Anthony during a court hearing in Orlando, Fla. on Friday. Anthony is charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, in 2008.

The Associated Press. Attorneys Jose Baez, left, and Andrea Lyon, right, talk with their client Casey Anthony during a court hearing in Orlando, Fla. on Friday. Anthony is charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, in 2008.

Mom sobs at account of daughter's death

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter sobbed in court Friday as a prosecutor speculated aloud that the toddler was methodically drugged and suffocated with tape.

Casey Anthony cried as prosecutor Jeff Ashton suggested that Caylee Anthony's killer restrained her arms, dosed her with something that knocked her unconscious and put duct tape over her mouth and nose.

Ashton offered the scenario when explaining why he believes the case would qualify for the death penalty.

"Her killer would prepare some substance in advance that would render her physically unable to resist,'' said Ashton during the pretrial hearing. ''If the killer looked at her face, maybe the killer saw her eyes ... First one piece (of tape), then two, then three so that no breath was possible.''

The cause of Caylee's death remains unknown, but duct tape was found on the body.

2-ton pipe hits taxi in Calif.; 2 slightly hurt

LA MESA, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol said two people escaped serious injury when a 5,000-pound steel pipe rolled off a big-rig trailer and smashed into a taxi.

Officer Brian Pennings said the truck was hauling the 50-foot-long pipe on an elevated freeway ramp in La Mesa, northeast of San Diego, at about 9 a.m. Friday when the driver lost control.

The truck hit a barrier wall and the 8-foot-diameter pipe broke its chains and plunged 75 feet from the bridge. It crushed the side of a taxi and sheared off a passenger door.

Man accused of dragging woman by hair at bar

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- A white man accused of dragging a black woman out of a Colorado bar by her hair has been charged with a bias-motivated crime.

The Summit County district attorney filed assault and bias-motivated crime charges Wednesday against 37-year-old Dustin Meadows. Prosecutors say Meadows used a racial epithet against the woman, as well as other obscenities, during an argument at a bar in Summit Cove.

According to the Summit County sheriff's office, the argument began after Meadows spilled his beer on the woman while he was dancing. According to the report, the woman turned to him and said ''What, no apology?''

Wash. man pleads guilty to raping adoptee

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A man has pleaded guilty in Washington state to raping his 7-year-old adopted daughter from China.

Police said the sexual abuse occurred over a four-year period.

Fifty-one-year-old Eddy Tony Whisenhunt faces more than 18 years in prison when he is sentenced next month in Thurston County Superior Court after pleading guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree child rape. The Olympian reports Whisenhunt's wife, Donna Marie, also faces child-rape charges.

Mass. woman, 98, indicted in roommate's death

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- A 98-year-old woman has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge that accuses her of strangling her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home.

A grand jury on Friday returned the indictment against Laura Lundquist. A judge sent her to a state mental hospital for a competency evaluation.

Her roommate, Elizabeth Barrow, was found dead with a plastic bag over her head at the Brandon Woods Nursing Home in Dartmouth, Mass., on Sept. 24.

Barrow's son, Scott Barrow, declined to comment on the indictment. He has said Lundquist made threatening remarks to his mother about the number of visitors his mother received and said she would outlive Barrow.

Stolen Seattle totem pole found near Salem, Ore.

SEATTLE -- Police say an 18-foot-tall totem pole stolen from a West Seattle park has been found about 200 miles away in Oregon.

The Seattle Times reported a 69-year-old West Seattle man led investigators to the pole. Police said he apparently had a crew with a crane help move the totem, but it's unclear if the crew knew the man didn't have permission to take the landmark.

The totem pole was noticed missing last week. The Rotary Club of West Seattle donated the pole to the city in 1976 and estimates it would have cost about $75,000 to replace.