- - Friday, May 20, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Botox mom now says she made up story

LOS ANGELES — A mother’s claim on national television that she injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox is under scrutiny after she purportedly said she made up the story for money.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Inside Edition” said Thursday they were launching investigations into Sheena Upton’s story, which aired a week ago.

TMZ posted a video of Ms. Upton on Thursday in which she said her story was made up after a tabloid approached her and offered money. Ms. Upton could not be reached for comment.

ABC News reported earlier this week that Ms. Upton, who appeared on the programs under another name, has been under investigation by Child Protective Services since the interviews aired last week.

FLORIDA

Forecast: Three to six major hurricanes this year

MIAMI — U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday that they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above-average Atlantic storm season.

No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall in five years, but National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration administrator Jane Lubchenco warned coastal residents that odds are diminished that a sixth straight year will go by without a major landfall on either the Atlantic or Gulf coast.

As many as 18 named tropical storms may develop during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1, according to forecasters at NOAA. Six to 10 of those storms could strengthen into hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 mph, the agency said. Three to six could become major hurricanes, with maximum winds of 111 mph and up.

ILLINOIS

Unabomber probed in ‘82 Tylenol deaths

CHICAGO — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation into the 1982 deaths of seven Chicago-area people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol from packages that had been tampered with, officials said Thursday.

Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

Chicago FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates said the FBI is seeking DNA from Kaczynski and “numerous individuals,” although she wouldn’t provide details about any of the others. She declined to say whether the agency would try to compel Kaczynski to give a sample, but in a motion filed in California court, Kaczynski said he was told the FBI would try to force his hand.

John Balasz, Kaczynski’s attorney, said he thinks the FBI is wants Kaczynski’s DNA simply to rule him out as a suspect in the Tylenol case.

MICHIGAN

Kevorkian hospitalized with kidney problems

ROYAL OAK — A lawyer says assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian is in a Detroit-area hospital with pneumonia and kidney problems.

Mayer Morganroth said Kevorkian was reluctant but agreed to go to Beaumont Hospital on Wednesday night. He predicts Kevorkian will be there for several days.

Kevorkian, who turns 83 next week, was released from a Michigan prison in 2007 after serving eight years for second-degree murder. He claims to have assisted in at least 130 suicides.

OREGON

Court: Medical pot users can have concealed guns

GRANTS PASS — The Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that retired bus driver Cynthia Willis can have her medical marijuana and a concealed handgun, too.

The ruling issued in Salem, Ore., upheld previous decisions by the Oregon Court of Appeals and a circuit court in finding that a federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not excuse sheriffs from issuing concealed weapons permits to people who hold medical marijuana cards and otherwise qualify.

“We hold that the Federal Gun Control Act does not pre-empt the state’s concealed handgun licensing statute and, therefore, the sheriffs must issue [or renew] the requested licenses,” Chief Justice Paul De Muniz wrote.

Leland Berger, the attorney representing Ms. Willis and other medical marijuana patients from Washington County, said the ruling was important in the continuing national debate over making marijuana legal to treat medical conditions.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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