Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.
HAMMOND, La. - A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.
Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, said it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.
'I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,' Bardwell said. 'My main concern is for the children.'
Yellowstone plansharply curtails snowmobiles
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The National Park Service has approved a plan to restrict snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone National Park to less than half of last winter's limit.
The park on Thursday announced daily limits that will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snowcoaches per day in the park for the next two winter seasons.
The park has allowed up to 720 snowmobiles a day into the park over the past five winters, but actual use has been far less.
Giving babies Tylenol may make vaccines less effective
n Giving babies Tylenol to prevent fever when they get childhood vaccinations may backfire and make the shots a little less effective, surprising new research suggests.
It is the first major study to tie reduced immunity to the use of fever-lowering medicines. Although the effect was small and the vast majority of kids still got enough protection from vaccines, the results make 'a compelling case' against routinely giving Tylenol right after vaccination, said doctors from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Self-help guru calls sweat lodge participants
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray held a telephone conference call with many of the participants in a sweat lodge ceremony that left two people dead, according to people on the call who provided a transcript to The Associated Press on Thursday.
In the call Wednesday, Ray stressed the importance of eating healthy food, exercising, resting, meditation and surrounding themselves with 'like-minded individuals.'
Two people died and 19 others were injured after being overcome in the Oct. 8 sweat lodge ceremony led by Ray. One person remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Cops: Man busted with weed stuck to forehead
LEBANON, Pa. - Police in central Pennsylvania said they've nabbed a real pothead.
They said an officer spotted 29-year-old Cesar Lopez inside a convenience store with a bag of marijuana stuck to his forehead.
Investigators said Lopez was seen peering inside his baseball cap early Saturday morning in Lebanon, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. When Lopez looked up, the officer noticed a small plastic bag appearing to contain marijuana stuck to his forehead.
Police said the officer peeled the bag off Lopez's forehead and placed him under arrest.
Calif. stages massive quake drill
LOS ANGELES - School children dove under tables in Los Angeles and sirens sounded in San Francisco on Thursday as California practiced how to survive a major earthquake.
'Drop, cover and hold on,' dozens of fourth-graders chanted just before the announcement of a simulated earthquake sent them scurrying under tables at the California Science Center at 10:15 a.m.
Mom gets at least 6 years for attempt to kill kids
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - A woman with bipolar disorder 'forfeited' her right to be a mother when she served her children drugged hot chocolate before setting the house on fire, a judge said Thursday as he sentenced her to six to 20 years in prison.
Tanya Friedly, 33, of Warren, a Detroit suburb, pleaded no contest last month to one count of arson and two counts of assault with intent to murder.
- From wire reports