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Dog trainer: Role in escape "not normal'

A dog trainer said she had always been a law-abiding citizen and can't explain why she helped a convicted murderer escape a Kansas prison in a pet crate. "This is pretty not normal for me," Toby Young said in a jailhouse interview in Athens, Tenn. "My whole life, I've always done good things. I've never even had a speeding ticket - well, no, I had one speeding ticket," said Young. Young, 47, waived extradition Monday, but a dispatcher at the county jail said she was still in custody Tuesday. He declined to say when Kansas officers were to pick her up. Young, who helped prisoners train dogs for adoption, is accused of hiding murderer John Manard in a pet crate and helping him escape from the Lansing, Kan., prison Feb. 12. They were captured Friday after a highway chase. Young told the Daily Post-Athenian newspaper she enjoyed the two weeks with Manard but declined to say if she had a romantic relationship with him.


Mexico hotel

Mexico City authorities on Tuesday ordered the closing of the popular Maria Isabel Sheraton hotel, raising the volume in a political skirmish involving the United States, Mexico and Cuba. Virginia Jaramillo Flores, head of a city borough, said authorities notified the hotel it would be closed because it is in violation of building codes. Jaramillo said the hotel - which had 24 hours to comply - could reopen when it had corrected the violations and paid a $15,000 fine. Federal officials are investigating a Feb. 2 incident in which a Sheraton manager asked a 16-member Cuban delegation to leave. The delegation was meeting with U.S. oil executives.