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POSTED June 4, 2013 9:33 p.m.

NM PROF: 'OBESE' GRAD APPLICANTS LACK 'WILLPOWER' : ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico psychology professor is under fire after he tweeted that people battling obesity don't have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees.

Geoffrey Miller wrote on Twitter Sunday that obese doctoral applicants who don't "have the will power to stop eating carbs" won't "have the willpower to do a dissertation." The tweet has since been deleted and his Twitter account has been made private.

UNM issued a statement Monday saying the tweet didn't reflect the university's admission standards. The school also said Miller told UNM's Department of Psychology that the message was part of a research project.

He later apologized on Twitter.

Miller is on leave from UNM while being a visiting professor at New York University. He didn't immediately respond to email requests for comment.

5 FLA. STUDENTS ACCUSED OF SELLING GUNS AT SCHOOL: STUART, Fla. (AP) — Five students at a private Christian high school in Florida are accused of selling stolen guns on campus.

The Martin County Sheriff's office announced the arrests Tuesday. The suspects from Community Christian Academy in Stuart range in age from 15 to 17.

School officials received a tip that the teens were selling guns to other students at school and contacted authorities. Investigators determined that one teen burglarized a home several times and stole five weapons from a safe.

Detectives say four other students were involved in the sale of those guns as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition, on and off campus. All the weapons have been recovered.

Charges include dealing in stolen property, possession of a firearm on school property and armed burglary.

TEEN SHOT AT RI KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION PARTY: PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Providence are searching for a group of youths who showed up uninvited to a kindergarten graduation party and shot one of the guests.

Police say 16-year-old Ny'asia Lawrence was shot in the back on Sunday and is being treated at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Police say an argument began when Lawrence's mother told an uninvited guest at her nephew's kindergarten graduation party to either leave or pay for the food he was eating.

They say the youth left but came back to the home with a group of friends, one of whom had a gun and began shooting.

Lawrence was the only one injured.

Police have not made any arrests.

NOW AT LITTLE LEAGUE ... RARE BABE RUTH JERSEY: SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — One of the centerpieces of Little League Baseball's newly-renovated museum arrived Tuesday via armored truck before being carried in through a side door by a guard in a bulletproof vest, with police officers watching nearby.

The uniform worn by Babe Ruth in 1934 during a barnstorming tour of Japan is one precious piece of sports memorabilia.

Soon, it will be on display to the public at the museum that's just a short walk up a hill from the pristine fields where the Little League World Series is played each August. The gray wool jersey — a red "3'' stitched on the back — is on loan from a donor who is remaining anonymous, Little League vice president and museum executive director Lance Van Auken said.

"It's just something that came out of the blue for us in the last several months," Van Auken said. "We're just delighted to have it."

Accompanied by gray pants and dirt-stained stirrup socks, the jersey is considered the only full uniform still around that was worn by baseball icon Ruth, according to Van Auken. He also thought it would be the first time the uniform would be on public display.

But it'll be behind what Van Auken called a "double-thick, shadow-resistent" glass case, trained in the sights of security cameras. No flash photography, please.

TWINS BORN ON SIDE OF INTERSTATE WITH TROOPER HELP: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lynette Hales was nearly 100 miles from Salt Lake City on a desolate stretch of highway — surrounded by nothing but barren salt flats — when her twin unborn babies decided it was time.

She had woken up that Sunday morning to unexpected contractions in a hotel room in the tiny Nevada gambling town of Wendover, where she went with friends for one final getaway before she settled into a life of diapers, bottles and crying kids. She was only 30 weeks pregnant — about seven weeks before full gestation for twins — and thought her labor was weeks away.

Her husband had stayed home, but their longtime friend, Jim Gerber, was there to help. After he asked around and found out there was no nearby hospital, the two decided to make a run for it back to Salt Lake City, nearly two hours away.

They didn't even get close.

Hales, 39, gave birth to two boys on the side of Interstate 80 inside a green minivan near a giant metal statute with a fitting name: "The Tree of Life."

The first, Jeffrey Jr. or J.J., was born before the highway patrol or medics could arrive to help. The baby was a grayish-blue and wasn't breathing, Hales said.

MINN. CHEERLEADER ACCUSED OF SEX TRAFFICKING GIRL: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student.

Eighteen-year-old Montia Marie Parker faces charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.

Parker was a senior at Hopkins High School. She allegedly set up a Backpage.com ad for a 16-year-old, driving her to an apartment to have oral sex with a man, and taking the $60 the girl made.

Authorities allege Parker and the girl drove to another home the next day, but left after the man refused oral sex.

The Star Tribune reports the girl's mother called police after reading text messages between her daughter and Parker on the girl's cellphone.

Parker is scheduled to appear in court next week. Her attorney did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday evening.

 

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