1913 nickel fetches more than $3.1M

RICHMOND - Four Virginia siblings who never let a rare 5-cent piece slip through their fingers, even when it was declared a fake, have been rewarded for their devotion to a humble family heirloom after the century-old coin sold for more than $3.1 million.

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five known to exist, was sold to two bidders for $3.17 million at an auction Thursday night in suburban Chicago.

The children of the late Melva Givens of Salem will divide $2.7 million, before taxes.

The coin was struck at the Philadelphia mint in late 1912, the final year of the Liberty nickel, but with the year 1913 cast on its face - the same year the beloved Buffalo Head nickel was introduced.


Perry wants apology for explosion cartoon

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted that a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in Texas, then shows an explosion, a week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people in a Texas town.

Perry said he wants an apology from the Sacramento Bee on behalf of the town. The Bee said the cartoon pointed out the lack of regulations in Texas.


Fired cop: Alcoholism was my disability

PORTLAND - A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lawsuit filed in Portland alleged the officer, Jason Servo, was suffering from alcoholism, a recognized disability under the act, and shouldn't have been dismissed.

Servo, 43, was arrested in January 2011 after he crashed into a ditch while off-duty.


Anti-abortion fliers lead to lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS - A sixth-grader was halted from handing out anti-abortion fliers at her public charter school in St. Paul, prompting her family to sue in federal court.

Nicholas Zinos, a Cath-olic book retailer and reviewer, sued Thursday on behalf of his daughter Annie in federal court, alleging that Nova Classical Academy violated her free-speech and due-process rights when administrators stopped her and friends after having distributed the fliers during lunchtime.


'Pulp Fiction' car found after 19 years

VICTORVILLE - Authorities say the classic Chevrolet convertible featured in the film "Pulp Fiction" has been found nearly two decades after it was stolen.

The San Bernardino County Sun reported movie director Quentin Tarantino's 1964 Chevelle Malibu was recovered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sheriff's Sgt. Albert Anolin said an investigation into an old Malibu in the desert city of Victorville on April 18 led detectives to another Malibu in the Oakland area. They then confirmed that vehicle belonged to Tarantino and was reported stolen in 1994.

Mild quake rattles Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES - A mild earthquake struck along the coast west of downtown Los Angeles.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 quake struck at 7:52 p.m. Friday.

The epicenter was a mile southeast of Marina del Rey and two miles north of Los Angeles International Airport.

Wire reports