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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the man, identified as Jerry Whipple, on Wednesday afternoon.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Mariana O’Leary said they suspect the man was very drunk.

The Coast Guard said a boater reported seeing an unconscious man floating well offshore. The Coast Guard and a Clearwater Fire Rescue unit responded and found the man, still unconscious and wearing a life jacket.

He eventually woke up and was checked by paramedics at a Coast Guard station.

IDAHO

Charter school in Bible case to close

BOISE — An Idaho public charter school that unsuccessfully sued the state for barring use of the Bible as a historical text in the classroom will be shuttered because of financial troubles, officials said Thursday.

The Idaho Public Charter School Commission voted to revoke Nampa Classical Academy’s charter, citing a lack of stability in the school’s finances, despite a school board member’s plea “for grace and mercy.”

While school administrators complain they’ve been unfairly targeted because of their differences with the state over use of the Bible, the commission insists the academy’s money troubles are to blame.

INDIANA

Police: Woman sought to kidnap baby

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana woman with a history of miscarriages faked a pregnancy for nine months, then stabbed a couple in an attempt to kidnap their newborn son and pass him off as her own, police said Thursday.

Stephanie Foster, 34, of Terre Haute, Ind., was arrested Wednesday in Prairie Creek, after police received a 911 call from Ashley Speer reporting that she was being attacked.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said he would ask that she be held without bond until Tuesday, when he plans to file formal charges that could include attempted murder, aggravated battery and attempted criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury.

Sheriff Jon Marvel said Mrs. Foster had faked the pregnancy because she didn’t want to tell her husband that she had suffered another miscarriage. As her supposed “due date” approached, she scoured birth announcements and decided to target the Speers, he said.

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