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Police say Rebecca cursed at and slapped two boys while her mother screamed at them. Rebecca denies she hit or touched anyone. She tells the newspaper she took matters into her own hands because school officials ignored her complaints. School officials couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.


ACLU wants veterans’ group removed from cross case

SAN DIEGO — A veterans’ organization should have no say in legal talks on how to modify a war memorial cross that is located on federal land, the American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge Friday in a hearing to decide whether the group should be dropped from the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns said he will issue his ruling on the ACLU’s request soon, but he told the court that he was inclined to allow the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Association to continue to intervene as a party in the case.

The association maintains the Mount Soledad cross, which has been deemed to be an unconstitutional mixing of government and religion by a federal court that ordered it be modified but did not specify what needs to be done.

David Loy of the ACLU in San Diego argued the veterans’ organization maintains the memorial but does not own it and therefore has no right to decide how the property should be reconfigured.


Relative sees costumed girl as skunk, then shoots her

FREEDOM — Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

New Sewickley Township police say the girl was over a hillside and wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel. Chief Ronald Leindecker says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder Saturday night.

Chief Leindecker told the Beaver County Times that the girl was alert and talking when she was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh, about 30 miles away. Her condition was unavailable. Chief Leindecker says the man hadn’t been drinking and he doesn’t know whether charges will be filed.


Judge: Zimmerman defense can see Trayvon records

SANFORD — A judge has ruled that attorneys for a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer can inspect the school records and social media postings of the unarmed teenager he is accused of murdering.

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