Nation Briefs


Harkin says he won’t seek sixth term in Senate

CUMMING, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Saturday he will not seek a sixth term in 2014, a decision that eases some of the burden the national Republican Party faces in retaking the Senate.

The 73-year-old cited his age – he would be 81 at the end of a sixth term – as a factor in the decision, saying it was time to pass the torch he has held for nearly 30 years, freeing a new generation of Iowa Democrats to seek higher office.

Harkin, first elected in 1984, ranks seventh in seniority, and fourth among majority Democrats.


Officer killed, 2 wounded near casino; suspect wounded

NEW ORLEANS – Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer and critically wounding two sheriff’s deputies after setting a deadly fire at a mobile home near a south Louisiana casino.

A Chitimacha tribal officer was pronounced dead at the scene of the shootings in Charenton, while two St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies were critically wounded and taken to local hospitals, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Hammons said investigators found the burned remains of a man after extinguishing a fire at a mobile home that Wilbert Thibodeaux, 48, is suspecting of setting before the officers confronted him.

Thibodaux was treated for a gunshot wound that wasn’t considered life-threatening, Hammons said.

Washington, D.C.

Hackers take over sentencing-agency website

WASHINGTON – The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The FBI is investigating.

The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago “a line was crossed.”

The hackers say they’ve infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.


Prosecutor: Man repeatedly dug up tribal artifacts

COOS BAY, Ore. – A North Bend man convicted of repeatedly disturbing a Native American tribal site has been sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,000.

Prosecutors say David Gieselman dug up the objects from the site on the north shore of Coos Bay. He was discovered by Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw officials in February 2010 and May 2010.

Oregon State Police reportedly searched his house and found 180 artifacts.


Man gets drive-thru send-off after funeral

YORK, Pa. – A Pennsylvania fast-food fan had one whopper of a funeral.

Family members say David Kime “lived by his own rules” so it’s only fitting he’d have it his way on the way to the cemetery.

The hearse carrying the 88-year-old York man led his funeral procession through a Burger King drive-thru for one last sandwich Saturday.

The York Daily Record reported that one sandwich was placed atop his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery.

Associated Press