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POSTED December 18, 2012 7:10 p.m.

UTAH BOY BRINGS GUN TO SCHOOL, CITES NEWTOWN FEARS: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah sixth-grader caught with a gun at school told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut school, officials said Tuesday.

The 11-year-old was being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students at the suburban Salt Lake City elementary school told police he threatened them with the handgun.

Teachers and administrators at West Kearns Elementary School confronted the boy in class Monday after students reported the weapon, said Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley. The boy had an unloaded gun and ammunition in his backpack, Horsley said.

The boy waved the gun at others during a morning recess, school officials said. Other students, however, didn't report the threat until classes were nearly finished for the day. There was no immediate explanation for the delay, authorities said.

Authorities have not released the child's name. The .22-caliber handgun had been left at the boy's home by a relative, Horsley said.

The child made statements to administrators and mentioned the shooting rampage last week in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead, authorities said.

NEARLY 20K RODENTS, REPTILES FOUND AT FACILITY: LAKE ELSINORE  (AP) — Nearly 20,000 rodents and reptiles have been found at a Southern California breeding facility targeted in an animal neglect investigation.

City inspectors were sent to the 6,100-square-foot Global Captive Breeders facility in Lake Elsinore last week because of cruelty complaints filed by an animal rights group.

City Manager Grant Yates says code enforcement officers found decaying animal carcasses and animals near death in their enclosures.

More than 18,400 rodents and about 600 reptiles, mostly snakes, had been counted by Monday.

The rodents were being raised to feed the reptiles.

GUNMAN RELEASED FROM JAIL HOURS BEFORE KILLINGS:  LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who had just been released from jail on domestic violence charges shot and killed three people Tuesday, including his ex-girlfriend, who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when she was killed, authorities said.

The gunman then shot and killed himself, Weld County Sheriff John Cook said.

The victims included the ex-girlfriend's sister and the sister's husband. All were found dead in a home in unincorporated Weld County outside Longmont, about 35 miles north of Denver.

Arbitrator: Beauty queen defamed pageant, owes $5M

NEW YORK (AP) — A beauty queen who claimed this year's Miss USA contest was fixed has been ordered to pay the pageant organization $5 million for defamation.

In a decision signed last week, an arbitrator found that the comments from Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin were false, harmful and malicious. Monnin had alleged that the five finalists had been selected in advance of the pageant's live telecast.

The arbitrator, Theodore Katz, said Monnin had two motives: "She was a disgruntled contestant who failed to make it past the preliminary competition" and she objected to the pageant's decision to allow transgender contestants. He wrote that the way the contest is judged "precludes any reasonable possibility that the judging was rigged."

 

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