MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN WIFE'S OIL-CHANGE DEATH
MARSING, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife by causing a car to fall on her while she changed the oil.
The Idaho Statesman reports 38-year-old Rodney Wayne Bibbey initially told police that his wife was changing the oil in her car when the jack slipped. An investigation determined the April 2012 death of 35-year-old Trina Bibbey was a homicide.
Rodney Bibbey of Marsing pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Oct. 21 in a plea agreement that reduced the first-degree murder charge.
Bibbey is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 23 in that case and for an injury to a child conviction that initially was charged as sexual abuse of a child under 16.
ETERNAL FLAME RESTORED AT JFK GRAVESITE NEAR DC: ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The eternal flame at the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy has been restored at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Tuesday, the cemetery transferred the flame from a temporary burner to the restored permanent eternal flame that is part of a memorial to the 35th president.
Repairs began in April to replace components of the eternal flame's burner. Contractors installed new gas and air lines, a new burner assembly and new drainage lines below the flame.
The work was supposed to be completed by late May. But the flame remained on a temporary burner through October. The temporary flame was visible to tourists during the project.
Officials said the repairs were needed after more than four decades of use. The cemetery says the new equipment will provide easier maintenance.
NJ MOM GETS PROBATION FOR SLAPPING BOYS ON BUS: TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mother has been sentenced to two years of probation for slapping two boys who she says were bullying her daughter.
Rebecca Sardoni pleaded guilty in September to assault and other counts.
The Ocean County prosecutor's office says the 29-year-old got on a Toms River school bus in October 2012 screaming profanities and then assaulted two students. She says they were bullying her 9-year-old daughter.
Officials say the boys were not seriously injured.
Sardoni told The Associated Press soon after the encounter that she regretted boarding the bus, but she denied touching or hitting anyone. She said she was distraught, but "wasn't crazy woman upset."
AUTOPSY SHOWS TODDLER DIED FROM SWALLOWING BATTERY: LAS VEGAS (AP) — Family members and doctors knew something was wrong when 1-year-old Julian Wilson started vomiting blood, but they didn't find out he had swallowed a small battery until after an autopsy was performed.
Julian died earlier this month of internal bleeding, with cuts to his esophagus and gastric irritation, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. He also had a collapsed lung.
The boy had swallowed a camera battery, the office said.
"Nobody knew, really, what it was," Julian's grandmother, Elena Derbyshire, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Paramedics were called to the boy's house Oct. 18, but even doctors had trouble determining what was wrong.
"They didn't know what it was in the X-ray," Derbyshire told the newspaper.
Ingesting batteries — especially small, disc-shaped "button batteries" found in watches and small electronics — has become more common as the batteries themselves become more common, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency identified 14 battery-swallowing deaths in the United States between 1995 and 2010; all of them involved children under age 4.
Batteries sometimes pass through the body, but they can also pose a choking hazard or cause burns by producing a small electrical current or leaking acid.
MAINE MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING DRUNK ON LAWN MOWER: KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A Maine man faces drunken driving charges after allegedly using his riding lawn mower to make a beer run.
Police say convenience store employees turned away 51-year-old Tony Caulder when he came to the store earlier this month because they thought he was drunk.
The employees followed the Kennebunk man outside to make sure he wasn't getting into a car and called police when he rode off on the lawn mower.
Police charged him with operating under the influence after stopping him a short time later. Nobody answered at a phone listed in Caulder's name.
CELLPHONE STOPS BULLET FIRED BY ROBBER: WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber's bullet.
Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after a robber fired a bullet at his abdomen. Police say his cellphone stopped it.
The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.
A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.
When the clerk couldn't open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.
The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.
Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.
TREASURY TO LOSE $9.7B ON BAILOUT OF GM: DETROIT (AP) — A watchdog says the U.S. government expects to lose $9.7 billion on its bailout of General Motors.
The government spent $49.5 billion to save GM five years ago. The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the government has recovered $34.5 billion. That leaves $15 billion.
The government got 61 percent of GM's stock in the bailout. It has sold all but 7 percent, or 101 million shares. Those would have to sell for $148 each to break even. GM stock was trading at $35.72 Tuesday.
The inspector general says in a report to Congress that the government is showing a $9.7 billion loss on its books.
The government says it bailed out GM and Chrysler to save 1 million jobs and prevent a deeper recession.