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Published Oct. 23, 2008

Police officers locked down Western Kentucky University on Wednesday after reports of gunmen on campus in Bowling Green, Ky. The university was locked down for about three hours, but officials said they could find no evidence that shots had been fired or that anyone had a weapon. The campus emergency warning system was activated and students and employees were told to remain indoors. An "all clear" was issued about 4 p.m. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.


HIV tests planned after scare at school

Officials plan to start HIV testing at a suburban St. Louis high school where as many as 50 students may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS. St. Louis County spokesman Craig LeFebvre said Wednesday that the mode of transmission in the scare at Normandy High School could include sexual activity, drug use, piercings or tattoos. The St. Louis County Health Department said last week that a positive HIV test raised concerns that students at Normandy might have been exposed. The Health Department did not say whether the infected person was a student.


Miss Teen Louisiana arrested, loses crown

Miss Teen Louisiana lost her crown 11 days early after being arrested on charges of leaving a restaurant without paying and carrying marijuana. RPM Productions Inc., the sponsor, took back the title on Tuesday after learning that Lindsey Evans, 18 had been arrested, president Paula M. Miles said Wednesday. Evans will have to return her sash and crown, but won't have to return any other prizes or cash equivalents, Miles said. "She's done a good job this year," Miles said. A call to Evans' parents' house was not answered Wednesday.


DENVER: A sheriff's department plane carrying inmates collided with another small craft in the air over western Colorado on Wednesday, but both landed safely and no injuries were reported. "This is truly one of those miracles," said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration.

TEXARKANA, ARK.: A federal magistrate called Tony Alamo a flight risk Wednesday as he ordered the evangelist held without bail until his trial on charges that he took a minor across state lines for sex.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA: Four crew members of a fishing boat were found alive Wednesday, hours after their vessel was reported in distress in chilly waters off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a Coast Guard spokesman said.