DIAPER ODOR GETS MOM, BABY KICKED OFF SEATTLE BUS: SEATTLE (AP) — A woman is complaining to the public transit authority that a driver kicked her off a bus in Seattle because of her baby's stinky diaper.
Nichole Hakimian was taking her 1-year-old son to a clinic Tuesday because of an intestinal illness, KOMO News reported.
"He had just pooped in his diaper as soon as I got on, because he was having diarrhea," she said. "And right after that, she told me I had to get off the bus."
When Hakimian asked why she said the Metro Transit driver said, "Your baby, he smells really bad, and it's not fair that we all have to smell that."
"I said, 'My son is sick. I'm taking him to a doctor's appointment.'"
Nonetheless, the driver stopped the bus and let her out about a half mile from the clinic, she said.
Hakimian, who is four months pregnant, found a nearby place to change the diaper. She caught another bus to the clinic and learned her baby was suffering from a stomach bug.
She complained to Metro, and the King County transit agency is investigating.
SHOOT COYOTES IN NM, WIN ASSAULT RIFLE AS PRIZE: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coyote hunters in New Mexico will have the chance to compete for a couple of high-caliber grand prizes just in time for the holidays — a pair of Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles.
A shooting range and gun store in Albuquerque is hosting a two-day contest to see who can kill the most coyotes, despite protests from environmentalists.
KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RXlQi3 ) that Calibers Shooting Sports Center is holding the challenge for two-member teams beginning Dec. 1.
Susan Weiss, an advocate for the "Coexist with Coyotes" group, calls the competition "immoral and disgusting."
Caliber's owner, Ryan Burt, says he came up with the idea after he was approached by several ranchers from around the state who have been dealing with coyotes harming livestock.
Coyotes have no protection under New Mexico law.
PHOENIX MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN TERRORIST HOAX: PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of dressing his nephew in a sheet, sending him into a busy street with a fake grenade launcher, and filming the teen as he pointed the phony weapon at passing cars has pleaded not guilty.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says 39-year-old Michael D. Turley entered the plea Thursday to falsely perpetuating a terrorism act.
Authorities allege Turley filmed his nephew as the masked 16-year-old pointed a fake grenade launcher at vehicles July 28 in northwest Phoenix.
The film was then posted on YouTube. In it, a narrator says he wanted to see how long it took authorities to respond. Police have identified the narrator as Turley.
Turley also faces counts of endangerment, misconduct involving simulated explosives and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.