hLost his head again
ASHLAND, Ore. -- A statue of President Lincoln in Lithia Park has been mutilated by vandals again. The statue also lost its head in 1967 but was restored by a local artist in 1991. The vandalism reported Aug. 17 happened the same night a park bench was broken and another bench was tossed into a pond, Ashland police said. The southern Oregon city is soliciting donations to repair the statue.
'To Kill a Mockingbird'actor dies at age 78
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Peters was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment, according to Marilyn Darby, his longtime companion. His condition became worse in recent weeks.
He died peacefully in bed, surrounded by family, she said.
In recent years, he played Admiral Cartwright in two of the "Star Trek" feature films. He also appeared in numerous TV shows. His distinctive deep bass voice was often used for animated characters.
2 Wal-Mart workers slainin parking lot shooting
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two Wal-Mart employees were shot to death Tuesday as they gathered shopping carts in the parking lot of one of the retail stores in suburban Phoenix, and police later arrested the suspected gunman.
The shootings occurred in the middle of the parking lot, about 75 yards from the store entrance. At one point, a body could be seen in one of the corrals used for collecting shopping carts.
Hours later, police spokesman Mike Pena said a suspect had been arrested without incident in a retirement community in nearby Peoria.
The suspect, described as being in his 50s or 60s, still needed to be put through a lineup and questioned by detectives. His name was not released Tuesday evening.
Peruvian airliner crashesin jungle, killing 37
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian airliner carrying 100 people crashed Tuesday near a jungle town while attempting an emergency landing, killing at least 37 people and injuring about 40, officials said.
The Boeing 737 went down near the Pucallpa municipal airport after the pilot radioed that he could not land because of strong winds and a torrential downpour, Norma Pasquel, a Pucallpa airport receptionist, told The Associated Press by phone.
The plane circled the airport until trying to make the emergency landing. Officials and radio reports said the plane crashed near a highway, indicating the pilot might have been trying to land on the roadway.
No more lip synching
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- He has outlawed opera and ballet and railed against long hair and gold teeth, but now the authoritarian president of Turkmenistan is determined to wipe out another perceived scourge: lip synching.
President Saparmurat Niyazov has ordered a ban on lip synching performances across the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, citing "a negative effect on the development of singing and musical art," the president's office said Tuesday.
Exhibit breaks records
TAMPA, Fla. -- More than 12,000 people came to the Museum of Science and Industry in the first four days of an exhibit featuring preserved human cadavers and body parts, breaking records set by a 2003 exhibit about the Titanic, museum officials said.
The 20 cadavers and 260 body parts in "BODIES, the Exhibition" are preserved with a process that replaces soft tissue with silicone rubber. Skin is removed, exposing muscles, bones, organs, tendons, blood vessels and brains.