BOY, 10, FINDS $10,000 IN KANSAS CITY HOTEL ROOM: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy who found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel where he was staying with his dad turned the money over to police.
Tyler Schaefer found the neatly stacked bills Saturday in the room where he and his father, Cody Schaefer, were staying at a hotel near the airport, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/16sloUJ). Cody Schaefer, a truck driver and mechanic from Rapid City, S.D., meets his former wife in Kansas City every year to get his three children for summer vacation.
Cody Schaefer said Tyler, a Cub Scout, is always on the lookout for clues and treasure.
Schaefer thought maybe his son had found a forgotten $10 bill, but when he looked closer he saw the stack of bills totaling $10,000. He wondered if the bills were fake, but saw they had the appropriate watermarks and seemed legitimate.
According to a Missouri statute, lost money could revert to a finder after about seven months if no one can prove ownership. But the owner then has another year to prove the money is his or hers and claim it from the finder.
"I didn't come there with $10,000 and I didn't leave with $10,000," Cody Schaefer said. "So it was a wash."
AFTER 1ST VOCAB TEST, SPELLING BEE GETS A CHAMPION: OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The championship round is underway at the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Eleven finalists are competing for $30,000 in cash and prizes and a huge, cup-shaped trophy. The competition tests their brain power, composure and, for the first time, knowledge of vocabulary.
Fourteen-year-old Grace Remmer of St. Augustine, Fla., got the final rounded started Thursday night by spelling "greffier," which means an official recorder or keeper of records.
The finalists include several spelling bee veterans. Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali finished third last year and in 2011, tripped up both times by words of German origin. Eleven-year-old Vanya Shivashankar, the sister of the 2009 champion, would be the youngest winner in decades if she were to win.
This was the first year that a computerized vocabulary test helped determine the finalists.
COLORADO PROSECUTORS EAGER TO GET HOLMES NOTEBOOK: DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the deadly Colorado theater shootings focused new attention Thursday on a notebook that defendant James Holmes mailed to a psychiatrist before the attack, signaling in a court filing they are eager to see what's inside.
In the filing, prosecutors said they did not object to postponing an upcoming hearing as long as they can argue for access to the notebook on Tuesday, the new date for the hearing.
Holmes is charged with staging a meticulously planned assault on a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July. Twelve people were shot and killed and 70 were injured.
He faces more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Media reports have said the notebook contains drawings depicting violence.
It was found at the University of Colorado, Denver three days after the shootings. Holmes had been a neuroscience graduate student at the university, and the notebook was mailed to Dr. Lynne Fenton, a university psychiatrist who had been seeing Holmes.
The defense has resisted allowing prosecutors to see the notebook, saying it's protected by doctor-patient privilege.
EX-MEXICO PRESIDENT PRAISES WASH. POT BUSINESSMEN: SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state businessmen who say they're trying to create the first national brand of marijuana received some heartfelt support Thursday from the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox.
Fox appeared at a news conference in Seattle, where he recounted how the war on drugs has ravaged his country and praised the states of Washington and Colorado for voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last fall.
At the news conference, former Microsoft manager Jamen Shively discussed his plans to launch a new marijuana brand named for his great-great grandfather, Diego Pellicer. He says his company is joining forces with a Washington state chain of medical marijuana dispensaries run by John Davis, the Northwest Patient Resource Center, as well as dispensaries in Colorado and California.
"This historic step today is to be observed and evaluated closely by all of us, because it is a game changer," Fox said. "I applaud this group that has the courage to move ahead. They have the vision, they are clear where they're going, and I'm sure they're going to get there."