LOS ANGELES - The National Rifle Association (NRA), several gun owners and other organizations sued California's attorney general Wednesday to overturn the nation's first statewide ban on assault weapons. The 26-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno challenged California's ban of 56 different semi-automatic weapons on several grounds, including violation of constitutional rights to privacy and to bear arms, and pre-emption by existing federal law. Indian activist sentenced
LUMBERTON, N.C. - An Indian activist pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 kidnap charges stemming from the armed seizure of a newsroom in 1988 and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Eddie Hatcher, 32, and fellow Tuscarora tribesman Timothy Jacobs had claimed they were trying to draw attention to local law enforcement's alleged involvement in drug dealing when they held up to 20 people hostage at the Robesonian newspaper on Feb. 1, 1988. Jacobs pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges last year and received a six-year sentence.
Citadel rejects woman's bid
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The first woman to apply for admission to The Citadel's corp of cadets had been rejected under the military academy's men-only rule. Women are admitted to summer and evening classes and can earn a degree from The Citadel, but no woman has been admitted to the 2,000-member corps of cadets.
Harrods says no to furs
ASPEN, Colo. - Less than 24 hours after voters in Aspen rejected a ban on the sale of wild-animal furs, one of the world's most famous department stores said it would close its fur salon because of public opposition to the killing of animals. Harrods, the luxury London store, said Wednesday it would stop selling furs on April 21 because its sales had been hard hit by growing public sentiment against the animal killings.