13-Year-Old Tulsa Boy Charged in 2-Year-Old Cousin’s Death

Jail-Bars-and-Cuffs_mediumTULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy has been charged in the death of his 2-year-old cousin in Tulsa.

According to Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis, the boy was charged Tuesday with child abuse murder. Court records say the boy was seen carrying his cousin’s body down a street, knocking on neighbors’ doors asking for help early June 26.

The girl was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Court records say the toddler had several injuries including a liver laceration, a fractured rib and contusions to her head, face and back.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because it is not yet clear if he will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.

1 Dead, 3 Injured When Vehicle Hit Child’s Wagon

ambulance-lightsSOUTHAMPTON, N.J. (AP) — One child is dead and three others are in critical condition after their wagon was struck by a vehicle in southern New Jersey.

Police say five siblings were pulling the wagon along Buddtown Road in Southampton when they were hit around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Four were injured.

A 3-year-old died and three others remain at Cooper hospital.

Paul O’Neill said he and his wife heard a loud boom and he found two children lying on the side of the street and a girl in the middle of the street.

Police say the driver stopped and it appears the motorist was driving the speed limit at the time of the accident. Police say the road lacks a real shoulder.

No names have been released.

Officials: Military to Open Most Combat Jobs to Women

soldierWASHINGTON (AP) — Two women have passed the Army’s grueling Ranger test, and even tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead. Senior officials tell The Associated Press the military is poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including Navy SEALs and the Army’s Delta Force.

Officials say the Army, Navy and Air Force likely will not seek exceptions that close any jobs to women. Marine Corps leaders, they say, have expressed concerns about women in infantry jobs and yet may seek an exception.

But that would likely meet resistance from senior officials.

Even Special Operations Command is likely to allow women to compete for military commando jobs.

The services must make their recommendations to Defense Secretary Ash Carter this fall.

Idaho Replaces Mile Marker 420 with 419.9 to Thwart Stoners

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If you’re looking for milepost 420, you won’t find it in Idaho.

Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts.

It turns out, Idaho isn’t alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to replace them after thefts by supposed sticky-fingered stoners.

Adam Rush of the Idaho Transportation Department says officials have replaced the old sign along U.S. Highway 95 with “MILE 419.9,” just south of Coeur d’Alene.

Rush added that this is the only 420 sign the department has replaced. Most highways don’t cover more than 400 miles.

The number “420” has long been associated with marijuana, though its origins as a shorthand for pot are murky.

Study: Teen E-Cigarette Use Linked to Later Smoking

ecigaretteCHICAGO (AP) — A study at 10 Los Angeles high schools links e-cigarettes with later tobacco use.

University of Southern California researchers found that 14-year-olds who’d ever tried e-cigarettes were more likely than others to later try other tobacco products.

The study doesn’t prove that electronic cigarettes are a “gateway drug” but some doctors say it bolsters arguments that the devices need to be strictly regulated.

The government-funded study was published in Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

National data show e-cigarettes have become more popular among teens than regular cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and would add the devices to the list of tobacco products it regulates.

Government Investigating Headlight Failure in Ford Sedans

NHTSADETROIT (AP) — The government is investigating reports of headlight failure in older Ford and Mercury sedans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford has received 3,092 complaints of headlight failure on Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans from the 2003-2005 model years. The government has also received 605 complaints of headlight failure in those vehicles.

Fifteen crashes and one injury related to the problem have been reported to Ford and to the government. In one case, a driver reportedly struck a deer after the headlights went off without warning.

The government started investigating after receiving a petition from the North Carolina Consumers Council. NHTSA investigations often lead to recalls.

Ford says it’s cooperating with the investigation.

‘Star Wars’ Themed Land Planned at Disney Parks

disney-star-warsANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says “Star Wars” is getting its own themed land at Disney parks.

Iger announced at Disney’s D23 Fan Expo on Saturday that the 14-acre attraction will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It represents the largest parks expansion ever.

Iger says the “Star Wars” land will be “every bit as thrilling as the films” and will include attractions and entertainment in an area populated by aliens and droids. There will also be a Cantina and the chance to take control of the Millennium Falcon.

Disney parks have previously only had the Star Tours ride as their “Star Wars” themed attraction. More comprehensive park integration has been expected since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.

Kids with Cancer Get Futuristic Chance at Saving Fertility

Medical-ChartCHICAGO (AP) — Baby-making is probably not on most families’ minds when young children get cancer. But at some pediatric centers, doctors bring it up soon after diagnosis because cancer or its treatment can cause infertility.

In children as young as infants, they’re trying a futuristic approach — removing and freezing ovaries and testes, with hopes that by time kids reach adulthood scientists will figure out how to make the tissue work.

It has worked in adults; more than 30 babies have been born to women who had ovarian tissue removed and frozen in adulthood. But no one knows yet if it will work in kids treated before puberty.

Patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are among kids involved in the research.

Diet Pepsi Gets Rid of Aspartame, But Will Customers Return?

diet-pepsiNEW YORK (AP) — A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

PepsiCo says its new Diet Pepsi should be available nationally this week. In response to customer feedback, the company said earlier this year that it would replace the aspartame in the drink with another artificial sweetener that has less baggage.

Now, the rollout of aspartame-free Diet Pepsi will test the theory that the sweetener is to blame for fleeing customers, or if other issues might be at play.

Other diet sodas that still have aspartame include Diet Coke, Diet Dr Pepper and Fanta Zero.

14-Year-Old Charged with Killing His Grandparents

police-lights-redCONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Police say a 14-year-old boy shot and killed his grandparents during a robbery and murder scheme hatched while he and two other friends were held in a juvenile jail.

Justin Staton was charged as an adult with murder Friday along with 17-year-old Hunter Drexler in the July 22 deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell in Conway, Arkansas. Police say the pair shot them and dumped their bodies in a nearby wooded area.

A police affidavit said Staton acknowledged the crimes and that he had told a relative Drexler was involved.

According to the affidavit, a 17-year-old girl who was at the house at the time said something should be done because the grandfather didn’t die immediately. Staton walked over to his grandfather and shot him once or twice more.