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POSTED May 8, 2013 9:32 p.m.

ARIZ. CLIMBER FOUND DEAD, COVERED WITH BEE STINGS: TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson climber was found dead, hanging from a southern Arizona cliff in his climbing gear and covered with bee stings.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office says 55-year-old Steven Johnson was found in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson late Monday.

Cause of death hasn't been determined yet, but officials say Johnson was covered with stings when he was found.

Johnson was last seen Friday when he went hiking, and friends became worried when he didn't go to work on Monday.

Search and rescue teams found both Johnson and his dog dead. The dog was on the top of the cliff.

Sheriff's Lt. Raoul Rodriguez says Johnson may have disturbed bees by hammering a spike into the cliff.

'MISS AMERICA' SONG CUT FROM PAGEANT OVER DISPUTE: ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The next Miss America won't hear a familiar refrain when she's crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

The song, "Miss America," which starts with the words, "There she is, Miss America," will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization Vice President Sharon Pearce tells The Press of Atlantic City that the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

The song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December following a confidential settlement.

The song wasn't used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

FLA. BOY, 3, FATALLY SHOOTS SELF WITH UNCLE'S GUN: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old Florida boy has died after shooting himself with a gun he found in his uncle's backpack.

The shooting happened Tuesday night in a bedroom Jadarrius Speights shared with his uncle at an apartment complex in Tampa. Authorities say the uncle, 29-year-old Jeffrey D. Walker, has been charged with culpable negligence.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Walker had an attorney. His phone number was not listed and jail records didn't give a lawyer for him.

Police say he has a concealed weapons permit.

FLA. MAN, 90, TRAPPED IN CAR FOR 3 DAYS: TRINITY, Fla. (AP) — A man walking by a Pasco County home saw a hand waving to him from the window of a car parked in the garage. As he walked up the driveway, he heard a muffled voice.

"I can't get out of my car," Justyn "Jay" Ambrozia, 90, called out. "Can you help me?"

Tim Weidman called 911.

Turns out Ambrozia had been stuck inside the car for three days, after falling during a shopping trip to Publix supermarket on April 30.

Ambrozia fell as he rounded a corner that day, according to The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/10hXdyY). He pulled up on a shelf, which gave way and his left side hit the ground. He broke his wrist and hip.

Employees helped the man to his car and he managed to drive home. He backed his car up the driveway and into the garage, but couldn't pull the door handle because of the searing pain in his swollen wrist.

Publix spokesman Brian West said he doesn't know the exact day Ambrozia fell in the store, according to the paper. He said Publix was investigating the incident and had contacted Ambrozia.

Ambrozia's car battery died as soon as he got into the garage, so he says he couldn't honk the horn. But he used the remote to open and shut the garage, hoping to catch a neighbor's attention. That attempt failed, and three days passed. He watched a postal worker walk by, but the man didn't hear his muffled cries.

PUPPY SURVIVES NEARLY A MONTH IN IMPOUNDED CAR: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City animal shelter is caring for a puppy that authorities say survived in a locked car that was impounded for nearly a month in a city lot.

The 12-week-old puppy, which has been named Kia, apparently survived by eating trash left in the car. The terrier and schnauzer mix didn't have access to water.

Toni Fugate, a spokeswoman for the city's animal shelter, says the puppy was dehydrated and malnourished but is expected to survive.

Records show that the car was towed to the lot April 8. A lot employee saw the dog Monday afternoon and called police, who broke into the car.

MCDONALD'S REACHING OUT TO OHIO MAN: NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it wants to speak directly to a man widely quoted in accounts of the discovery of three women who were being held captive in a Cleveland home this week.

Charles Ramsey, who lives in the neighborhood where the women were found, noted in an interview with a local TV station that he was eating McDonald's when the scene unfolded Monday. He also made note of his meal in a 911 call. Both the interview and the 911 call went viral online.

Danya Proud, a spokeswoman for McDonald's, said Wednesday that the company is trying to reach out to Ramsey through its local franchisee. She said the company wanted to speak with Ramsey directly given the sensitivity of the situation, rather than communicating with him through the media.

BODIES ON KAN. FARM WERE MISSING MOM, 2 RESIDENTS: OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — The bodies of a woman and two men who were found slain on an eastern Kansas farm were those of a young mother who went missing last week with her 18-month-old daughter and two men who lived there, authorities said Wednesday.

Investigators are still searching for Kaylie Bailey's daughter, Lana Bailey, and were questioning a man Wednesday who they picked up in Emporia, a community about 50 miles southwest of the Ottawa area farm where the bodies were found. Authorities said they also found Bailey's vehicle in Emporia late Tuesday, but they didn't say whether the man they were questioning had been driving it.

 

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