Nation briefs 10/29/06

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Police: Sniper confessed to killing golfer in Ariz.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Cheryll Witz wrote convicted Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo a letter in June, imploring him to talk to Arizona detectives about her father's 2002 death. She got her wish. Police said Friday that Malvo tearfully confessed that he and John Allen Muhammad were responsible for killing 60-year-old Jerry Taylor on a golf course in Tucson. Malvo said the shooting took place while he and Muhammad were in the area visiting Muhammad's older sister, Richards said.

Texas crowd gives Obama big welcome

AUSTIN -- Not even Texas is immune to Obama-mania. Sen. Barack Obama got a rock star's reception Saturday in the Texas Capitol-- a venue that's usually much less welcoming of Democrats. Several hundred people filled the Texas House chamber to hear the possible presidential candidate speak at the 11th annual Texas Book Festival. Much of the crowd shrieked and jumped to its feet when Obama walked in through a side door. Outside, another couple hundred people waited up to five hours to get his autograph. Obama is promoting his latest book, "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."

Shelter holds on to black cats at Halloween time

BOISE, Idaho --The Kootenai Humane Society in Coeur d'Alene is banning black cat adoptions from now to Thursday, fearing the animals could be mistreated in Halloween pranks -- or worse, sacrificed in some satanic ritual. However, some animal experts say the practice does more to hurt animals than protect them. "Black cats already suffer a stigma because of their color," said Gail Buchwald, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in New York City. "Why penalize them any more by limiting the times when they can be adopted?"

-- From wire reports

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