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Rare oryx born at zoo

The National Zoo says a scimitar-horned oryx has been born at its conservation center in Front Royal, Va. - the zoo’s first such birth in 13 years.

Oryx are extinct in the wild. They are known for their curved horns that can be several feet long.

The female calf announced Wednesday was born April 9. She is the offspring of 3-year-old mother Jena and 13-year-old Dr. Bob.

The zoo is renewing efforts to breed the oryx, a type of desert antelope. There are now 16 of them at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal and one at the zoo in Washington.

The zoo is working with the Sahara Conservation Fund to help reintroduce the oryx to their native home on the Saharan range.


Klan leader pleads guilty in killing

COVINGTON — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to killing an Oklahoma woman during a Ku Klux Klan initiation.

Raymond Foster of Bogalusa was immediately sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for second-degree murder by state District Judge Peter Garcia.

Cynthia Lynch, a Klan recruit from Tulsa, Okla., was fatally shot in November 2008 during initiation rites in rural Tammany Parish, about 50 miles north of New Orleans.

On Monday, a former member of the group testified Miss Lynch angrily cursed Foster and yelled “I want out” before he fatally shot her.


Women subdue stabbing suspect

BANGOR — Five female students, including one who’d recently completed a self-defense class, jumped to the aid of a fellow student, grabbing her knife-wielding attacker and holding him until police officers arrived at Husson University, officials said Wednesday.

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