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NATION -- President touts alternative energy

President touts alternative energy

FREMONT, Calif. -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the ''heartbreaking'' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico underscores the urgent need for alternative fuel sources to feed the United States' energy needs.

Notable for a president who has proposed expanding offshore drilling, Obama said that the kind of deepwater drilling used by the rig that exploded five weeks ago is risky and costly. He didn't say he opposes the method but noted the danger in having to go down a mile to hit seabed and then drill another mile to find oil.

''With the increased risks, the increased costs -- it gives you a sense of where we're going,'' he said. ''We're not going to be able to sustain this kind of fossil fuel use. This planet can't sustain it.''

11 arrested after party gets wild

LEWISTON, Maine -- An alcohol-fueled party for college seniors to blow off steam turned rowdy early Wednesday, leading to 11 arrests, an officer with a broken a leg and student complaints about police overreaction.

The gathering that began late Tuesday was part of a Bates College senior tradition called ''return to your freshman dorm.''

Lewiston police were summoned by campus security after some of the 200 to 250 partiers declined to get out of the way of an ambulance that had been called to care for two injured women, police said. Nearly half of the group cleared out, but police said some refused to obey orders.

Officers never resorted to Tasers but used pepper spray after 100 to 150 students refused to disperse, Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere said. He also said at least one officer used a baton.

Man sentenced for 1983 heist

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A 67-year-old man who was a fugitive for 22 years after participating in a $7 million armored truck robbery in Connecticut has been sentenced to serve seven years in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors say Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio conspired with others to steal the money during a 1983 West Hartford heist of a Wells Fargo truck. The money was funneled to fund Los Macheteros, a clandestine organization seeking Puerto Rican independence.

A U.S. District Court judge also ordered Gonzalez-Claudio on Wednesday to repay all $7 million to Wells Fargo.

He had pleaded guilty earlier this year to foreign transportation of stolen money and conspiracy to rob federally insured bank funds.

One of the alleged ringleaders, Victor Manuel Gerena, remains at large and is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.

Feds bust major child porn ring

INDIANAPOLIS -- Federal prosecutors in Indianapolis say they've busted an international online child pornography ring and that more than 50 people have been arrested.

U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison said Wednesday that the investigation started in 2008 and that authorities kept it quiet to avoid tipping off suspects.

Alaskan cops find 26 headless birds

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Alaska State Troopers are puzzled by a gruesome discovery in the city of North Pole: 26 headless chickens carefully arranged at a coop.

Police said the fly-infested carcasses found Monday were arranged in a 12- to 15-foot-long line pattern that ended in a circle. There was no sign of the missing heads.

Three chickens were left unharmed, and there was no damage to the coop.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says officers ''have no idea what the thought process was.''

Man sentenced in torture case

LOS ANGELES -- A former caregiver convicted of torturing, body-slamming and taunting elderly patients at an upscale Calabasas retirement home has been sentenced to life in prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Cesar Ulloa received the sentence Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He was convicted in April of one count of torture and seven counts of elder abuse.

Witnesses testified that Ulloa body-slammed a mute 78-year-old woman, leaped from a dresser and landed both knees in an elderly man's stomach and told another patient he ''was sexing his daughter.''

NYC bus ads ask 'Leaving Islam?'

NEW YORK -- The questions on the ads aren't subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you?

Ads carrying those phrases are appearing on at least 30 New York City buses, paid for by a conservative activist and the organizations she leads.

The activist, Pamela Geller, says the ads are aimed at Muslims who are already contemplating leaving the faith.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the ads don't violate any of its guidelines.