IN BRIEF: Miss. mother, 4 young children die in home fire

Miss. mother, 4 young children die in home fire

JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi woman and her four young children -- ages 2 to 7 -- died Saturday as a result of an early-morning fire at their Jackson apartment, authorities said.

Chief Fire Investigator Greg Travis said the fire broke out on the second story of an apartment building shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. Investigators believe the fire may have started in the kitchen, but the cause is still under investigation. Travis said the mother and two of the children were found dead in a bedroom; two other children were pulled from the building but died after they were taken to a hospital.

Groups ask to halt wolf hunts

BOISE, Idaho -- Environmentalists have asked a federal appeals court for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start in a few weeks in Idaho and Montana.

The request filed by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and other groups with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was made public Saturday. The groups want the hunts canceled until the court issues a decision in an appeal filed Monday challenging a federal judge's ruling allowing the hunts to go forward.

"We think if we don't get an injunction, the wolf population in the Rockies will be decimated," Mike Garrity, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Wolf hunts are scheduled to start Aug. 30 in Idaho and Sept. 3 in Montana. Hunters in Montana will be able to shoot as many as 220 gray wolves, reducing the predators' Montana population by about 25 percent to a minimum of 425 wolves.

Md. man had troubled past with women

GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- The man authorities suspect was involved in the death of his travel companion while visiting Aruba courted other women with his blue-green eyes, offers of cruises and vacations, and his $1.3 million stone mansion.

But Gary V. Giordano's ex-romantic interests say the allure was only surface-deep.

Giordano, 50, a self-employed businessman and twice-divorced father of three sons, has denied any wrongdoing through his attorney since the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, who authorities believe is dead. Her remains have not been found, despite four days of searching the area where Giordano told officials an ocean current pulled her away Aug. 2 as they snorkeled.

Greyhound bus overturns in Pa.

MOUNT GRETNA, Pa. -- The driver of a Greyhound bus bound for St. Louis lost control on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Saturday, sending the bus careering across the highway and up an embankment before it landed on its side on the interstate, briefly trapping a woman and sending 14 people to hospitals, authorities said.

Rescue crews freed the woman who was trapped in the wreckage in a rural area about a mile east of the Lebanon-Lancaster exit, turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said. Twenty-nine people, including the driver, were aboard, said Greyhound spokeswoman Maureen Richmond.

10 rescued turtles released off Cape Cod

HARWICHPORT, Mass. -- Workers from a Boston aquarium have released 10 endangered sea turtles back into the wild, months after they were rescued after stranding themselves on Cape Cod.

New England Aquarium officials say the turtles were released from a lobster boat Friday night in Nantucket Sound.

The turtles were the last group to be released from those rescued during the 2010 stranding season. The turtles became trapped in Cape Cod Bay as the water chilled through the autumn, before washing up on beaches in November and December.

US charges man with bomb hoax

MIAMI -- A California man suspected of causing a bomb hoax at a downtown Miami building that houses the Israeli and German consulates has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that 52-year-old William Rolland of Auburn, Calif., has been formally charged with one count of conveying a false bomb threat.