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POSTED May 6, 2013 12:30 a.m.

• WOMAN USED FACEBOOK TO HARASS HERSELF, COPS SAY: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman is accused of creating a Facebook account to stalk herself.

Cheryl Nelson, a 52-year-old from the Grand Rapids area, complained to sheriff’s deputies that she was the victim of stalking, harassment and other crimes. But authorities learned that she set up a Facebook account with her ex-boyfriend’s information and made it appear that his new girlfriend was using it to harass her.

Detective Jason Russo of the sheriff’s department says Nelson couldn’t let go of her relationship with her former boyfriend.

Nelson is charged with falsely reporting a felony.



• BUFFETT SPOOFS DANCING WITH THE STARS AT MEETING: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett again poked fun at himself in the humorous movie that begins the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.

A cartoon version of Dancing With the Stars opened the hour-long movie.

Buffett and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger served as judges on the dance show as representatives of different Berkshire companies competed.



• HOAG MEMORIAL BANS ELECTIVE ABORTIONS IN HOSPITALS: SANTA ANA  (AP) — Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian told its Orange County doctors this week that they’ll no longer be allowed to perform elective abortions after finalizing its partnership with a Catholic hospital group.

Hoag’s CEO Robert Braithwaite told the Orange County Register the new rule wasn’t imposed by St. Joseph Health System, and was based on medical reasons, not religion.

Contraception and abortions are prohibited at St. Joseph’s.

Some of Hoag’s gynecologists and obstetricians say they’re surprised and upset by the change, adding they were led to believe the new affiliation wouldn’t change the nature of care they could offer. They’re skeptical the change doesn’t reflect St. Joseph’s Catholic values.

Braithwaite says the hospital performs fewer than 100 such abortions a year, and low volume can mean low quality of care.



• FAIRCHILD AFB AIRMEN KILLED IN KYRGYZSTAN CRASH: SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The three airmen killed in the crash of a military tanker refueling plane in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan were from Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state, the Department of Defense said Sunday.

The airmen assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.

The Defense Department has identified the three airmen as Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif., and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif.

The KC-135 plane crashed Friday afternoon about 100 miles west of the air base that the U.S. operates in Kyrgyzstan to support military operations in Afghanistan.

Fairchild is home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, and is one of several U.S. bases where KC-135s are located. The plane is used for midair refueling of other planes.

The plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash, a U.S. defense official in Washington said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation.



• SEARCH ON FOR SAILBOAT EN ROUTE FROM HAWAII TO CALIF. : HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for four sailors who stopped communicating while sailing from Hawaii to California.

Coast Guard Chief Jaime Benavenge said the crew of the sailboat Siesta set sail from Honolulu Thursday. The crew was heading to Long Beach  and had planned to be contact with friends every 12 hours.

However, they had not been heard from since Friday night.

The Coast Guard may have picked up a signal from a satellite phone on the boat, suggesting it was about 400 nautical miles northeast of Honolulu. However, Benavenge said the Coast Guard was still trying to confirm the possible lead.



• SAN DIEGO TEEN’S ESSAY WINS NATIONAL WRITING AWARD: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego teen is headed to New York City to accept a prestigious writing award once won by young literary giants like Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike.

Maya Little-Sana’s disquieting but hopeful memoir essay has earned her a National Scholastic Art and Writing Award, U-T San Diego reported.

The essay, titled “Abyss,” chronicles the 13-year-old’s struggle to find happiness despite dealing with depression, anorexia, bullying and self-mutilation.

“My teacher gave an assignment, to write a poem about where you came from,” Maya told the newspaper. “I just wrote it. I went into a dark place having to recall all the pain.”

Little-Sana chronicles in harrowing detail the despair that drove her to attempt suicide, and the girls she met in counseling who taught her how to cut herself with razors, leaving her limbs marred with scars.



• COLLECTOR KEEPS HIS 29 BOA CONSTRICTORS _ FOR NOW: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah snake collector who says his rare boa constrictors are getting a bad rap has won at least a temporary reprieve from an order to remove more than two dozen of the exotic pets from his home.

Cottonwood Heights police cited Thomas Cobb a week ago for failure to have an exotic pet permit and told him he had until Friday to get rid of all but one of his 29 boa constrictors.

Cobb values the snakes at $12,000 apiece and said he spent $100,000 on a special room in his basement with top-of-the-line cages. Some of the snakes are as long as 7 feet. Police officers noted in their report the setup was clean and well-kept.

City council members agreed on Friday to look into the case further after Cobb argued that a local ordinance is confusing.

Cobb got the attention of the council and the mayor after he took his fight against the snake eviction to the Internet and local radio shows. He maintains he’s the victim, in part, of the public’s distaste for snakes in general.

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