ALA. IMMIGRATION LAW PUTS SCHOOL PLAY ON HOLD: PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration may keep Charlie Brown and Snoopy from performing in a high school musical.
A public high school has put the production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on hold after a New York licensing house that owns the rights to the play refused to submit a document required under the immigration law.
The licensing company, Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., relented and submitted the document Friday following inquiries from The Associated Press, school officials said.
Pelham High School still must purchase the rights to the play, which can cost more than $1,200, before the show will go on.
Acting groups — even student theater troupes
HAWAII APOLOGIZES TO TOURISTS BOOTED FROM AIRPORT: HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials said Friday that a security guard's decision this week to kick a group of stranded tourists out of an airport and into the stormy night was an embarrassment to the state.
Parts of Hawaii have endured almost a weeks-worth of relentless rain that has closed schools, blocked roads and overflowed sewers. When heavy rains canceled flights out of Kauai after midnight on Tuesday, about 20 passengers were stuck at the airport.
The small airport in Lihue normally closes overnight and the guard told the passengers — including a pregnant woman and a disabled man — that they needed to leave immediately.
"Everybody is flabbergasted that the security guard wouldn't let them stay at the airport," Department of Transportation spokesman Daniel Meisenzahl said. "He basically put them out on the curb in this terrible rainstorm."
The Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaiian Airlines have been trying to help state officials contact the kicked-out passengers so they could get personal apologies. The state's lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, managed to reach one couple by phone at their Littleton, Colo., home on Thursday
HIKER MISSING FOR MONTH FOUND IN NEW MEXICO FOREST: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Temperatures dropped below freezing almost every night, but somehow Margaret Page and her cat survived 3 1/2 weeks in an isolated and rugged region of a southwestern New Mexico national forest.
Tucked away in a blue sleeping bag for warmth and set up near a creek for drinking water, Page and her cat named Miya lived on just a handful of supplies, rescue workers said Friday. The nearest town — tiny Dusty, N.M. — was 10 miles away.
Family members reported her missing Feb 14. But for various reasons, authorities didn't start searching for her until this week. The 41-year-old Page, who has a history of mental illness, was found Wednesday emaciated and malnourished but well-hydrated.
JUDGE, DEPUTY WOUNDED IN WASH. COURTHOUSE ATTACK: MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — A man stabbed a judge and shot a sheriff's deputy with her own weapon in a courthouse struggle Friday, said authorities who were searching for the assailant.
The suspect might still have the officer's gun and was last seen running from the Grays Harbor County Courthouse, said Undersheriff Rick Scott. The motive for the attack in the coastal town of Montesano, about 90 miles southwest of Seattle, wasn't clear.