Lion kills worker at wild animal park
A lion killed a volunteer intern Wednesday after she entered its enclosure at an exotic animal park in central California. Cat Haven founder and executive director Dale Anderson cried as he read a one-sentence statement about the fatal mauling at the private zoo he has run since 1993. The woman, 26, was attacked when she entered the lion's enclosure, Anderson said, but he refused to provide details. Investigators were trying to determine why the woman was inside the enclosure. A park worker was unable to lure the lion into a separate pen, so sheriff's deputies shot and killed it to reach the severely wounded woman. The woman died at the scene, officials said. The African lion, a 4-year-old male named Couscous, had been raised at Cat Haven since it was a cub.
Man arrested in fatal NYC crash
A man suspected of fleeing the scene of a grisly crash in New York City that killed a pregnant woman and her husband was arrested Wednesday at a convenience store about 80 miles away in northeastern Pennsylvania after a friend arranged his surrender. Julio Acevedo, 44, walked to officers waiting in cars and was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, said Paul Browne, chief spokesman for the New York Police Department. He was being held without bail, awaiting extradition to New York. Acevedo allegedly was speeding down a Brooklyn street Sunday when he crashed into a car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21. Their son, born prematurely after the crash, died Monday.
Judge to look at gay marriage ban
A lesbian couple's desire to adopt each other's children has grown into a potentially groundbreaking challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. Two Detroit area nurses filed a lawsuit to try to overturn restrictions on adoption by same-sex partners. But at the judge's invitation, the case took an extraordinary turn and now will test the legality of a 2004 constitutional amendment that stipulates Michigan recognize marriages only between a man and a woman. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman will hear arguments in the case today at a law school, though he hasn't indicated when he'll make a ruling.
Leaks bring silence before conclave
Journalists packed the daily briefings, relishing the rare opportunity to ask questions of the cardinals who will vote in the conclave to elect the next pope. The sessions, led by U.S. cardinals, were far from the elliptical approach favored by the Vatican. On Wednesday, however, under pressure from their fellow cardinals, the Americans canceled their news briefing and shut down all communication with the news media to address a different problem: rampant leaks to the Italian news media in the delicate period of meetings before the conclave, expected to begin next week.
Romney takes new role at son's firm
Mitt Romney has a new position with his son's Boston-area venture capital firm. The former Republican presidential nominee will serve as chairman of the executive committee for Solamere Capital. The firm was founded by Romney's oldest son, Tagg, and the national finance committee chairman for his presidential campaign, Spencer Zwick.