NATION BRIEFS: Ex-Mayor Nagin paints himself as hero in memoir

Ex-Mayor Nagin paints himself as hero in memoir

NEW ORLEANS -- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin writes in a new memoir that he was the only one to understand how to recover from Hurricane Katrina, and that he endured plots against him and incompetence around him as he set his plan in motion.

That and more is in the recently self-published memoir from Nagin, who was mayor before, during and after the Aug. 29, 2005, storm that flooded 80 percent of the city and took more than 1,700 lives. Nagin writes in ''Katrina's Secrets: Storms After the Storm'' that he was the only one who understood the storm's dangers and tried to get people out of harm's way before it struck, Nagin writes.

These and other claims in the book are not documented, and he writes of things ''becoming apparent to him'' or being guided by gut feelings. The book was not independently fact-checked because it was self-published.

Ohio man helps rescue son, 3, who fell into well

CANTON, Ohio -- Fire officials in northeast Ohio say a man climbed down the stone walls of a 40-foot well to help rescue his 3-year-old son after the boy fell into it.

The Repository in Canton reports the toddler fell through rotted plywood covering the well near his grandfather's home on Friday night. He had been learning to swim and was able to stay afloat in 10 feet of water until his father reached him.

A rescue team rigged ropes to get them out of the well, and a firefighter carried the boy up to safety. The toddler's father climbed out of the well.

Northern Calif. man celebrates 'Odd Day': 7-9-11

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ron Gordon would like you to take a moment or three to think about what an odd day Saturday was.

Why? Because 7/9/11 is one of only six dates this century that features three consecutive odd numbers. Next up, 9/11/13.

Gordon, a retired teacher from Redwood City, Calif., has set up a website to celebrate ''Odd Day,'' and offered some ways to celebrate: Do odds 'n ends, root for the odds-on-favorite or watch the ''Odd Couple.''

Gordon has been fascinated with curious dates since some 30 years ago when he noticed the upcoming date 9/9/81 while writing a check. That, Gordon saw, was a Square Root Day -- one in which the day and the month are the same number and, when multiplied, yield the year as it's expressed in one or two digits.

Shooting spree that killed four stuns Wyo. town

WHEATLAND, Wyo. -- Evidence tape and plywood sealed the windows of a battered, brown mobile home in this central Wyoming town on Saturday morning. Where three young brothers once had played, there was only silence.

A man opened fire inside the mobile home Thursday night, authorities said, killing his three sons and a brother. The man's wife was wounded and ran from the scene screaming, ''he killed my babies,'' a witness said.

Stunned residents of Wheatland were coming together to grieve the four killed in the shooting spree. The townspeople planned a community barbeque today to raise money for funeral expenses for the victims.

Trucker charged with murder in fatal buggy crash

A tractor-trailer driver was charged with murder after his truck crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in southern Kentucky, killing an Amish toddler and injuring three members of her family, authorities said Saturday.

Christian County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Campbell told The Associated Press that 52-year-old Mark Bohms of Robinson, Ill., is also charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, three counts of assault and criminal mischief. No bond has been set, and it was unclear if Bohms had an attorney.

Bohms reached down to grab a cigarette as he was cresting a hill Friday night just inside the Hopkinsville city limit, according to the police report. When he looked up, he was behind the buggy and attempted to shift lanes. But he hit the buggy, flattening it and knocking off its wheels.

Tropical Storm Calvin weakens quickly in Pacific

MIAMI -- Forecasters said Tropical Storm Calvin is weakening rapidly as it moves farther into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico. Calvin became the third named hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season on Friday, but its maximum sustained winds dropped well below hurricane strength to 60 mph on Saturday.