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Three states investigate magazine's sweepstakes

Three states are investigating the Reader's Digest sweepstakes to determine if it illegally misleads people into thinking they have won big prizes.

The attorneys general in Indiana, Connecticut and Florida are looking into the magazine's sweepstakes for not adequately disclosing entrants' odds of winning, among other possible infractions, USA Today said.

Reader's Digest said its mailings do not deceive contestants.

"We disclose the odds of winning and I don't think any other sweepstakes companies do," spokeswoman Lesta Cordil said from the company's headquarters in Pleasantville, N.Y.

The report comes after American Family Publishers last month agreed with 32 states and the District of Columbia to stop telling consumers they are "winners" or have already "won" a prize unless that actually happens. American Family is also being sued by four other states, while rival Publishers Clearing House is being investigated by several states, USA Today said.

Reader's Digest was unaware of the investigations before being contacted for comment by the newspaper, Cordil said.

The magazine will announce the winners of more than $2.25-million in cash prizes from its sweepstakes today.

Students return to class after killing of teacher

EDINBORO, Pa. _ Students wore white ribbons, sang and walked arm-in-arm as classes resumed Monday without a science teacher and the boy accused of gunning him down at an eighth-grade dance.

Classes were delayed for two hours at the James W. Parker Middle School as students held a prayer session to remember John Gillette, a 48-year-old teacher in this northwestern Pennsylvania town of 5,000.

Andrew Wurst, a 14-year-old boy nicknamed "Satan" by his friends, remained in jail on homicide charges.

Witnesses said Wurst shot Gillette, then walked inside a banquet hall and fired several more shots before leaving. He was arrested a short time later Friday.

Police do not think Wurst was targeting Gillette.

Two little girls suffocate in sweltering Ark. car

BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ Two little girls died in their car seats in 80-degree heat while the two men who were supposed to be taking care of them went off to look for arrowheads and mushrooms.

Sidney Pippin, who was 4 months old, and a cousin, Vicky Fraley, 16 months, died during the eight hours they were left alone Saturday.

Ricky Leon Crisp, 23, and Justin Griffith, 27, were charged with first-degree murder on Monday. Crisp was Vicky's father.

The men had had parked along a dirt road near Little Flock and left to search for arrowheads and mushrooms near a cave about 90 feet away, authorities said.

The windows of the car were rolled up, and the two girls were strapped in their car seats, Prosecutor Brad Butler said.

"It appears that the pain was so severe, the trauma so bad, it was so hot in that car, that the 16-month-old _ her head hurt so bad _ she had her own hair pulled out by the roots in her own clinched little fists," Butler said.

"They were literally cooked to death," Sheriff Andy Lee said.