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2013-05-01T00:00:00Z Around the nationWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
May 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Hawaii

Police arrest mother of baby left on beach

HONOLULU - A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed she's the baby's mother.

Keala Simeona, 21, of Honolulu, was arrested Tuesday for filing a false police report. Police don't expect to pursue additional offenses. She posted $250 bail and was released.

She had told police she was parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and midnight when she heard several people screaming. After the screaming stopped, she said, she walked toward the ocean and found the naked newborn and took her to a hospital.

California

Woman is arrested over poisoned juice

SAN FRANCISCO - A California woman faces attempted murder charges after police say she tried to sneak orange-juice bottles spiked with a lethal amount of rubbing alcohol inside a Starbucks.

San Jose Police arrested Ramineh Behbehanian, 50, late Monday. A customer reported seeing the woman take two bottles of orange juice from her bag and place them in an open-air refrigerated display case at a Starbucks in San Jose.

When the customer told a store manager what he saw, Behbehanian fled. A store employee followed Behbehanian to the parking lot and jotted down her license-plate number as she drove off. No one drank from the bottles, said authorities, who praised the customer's quick actions.

Students show up for missing prom

SAN BERNARDINO - Everyone got stood up at one Southern California high school's prom. The dance itself was a no-show.

KABC-TV Los Angeles reported that dozens of tuxedo-clad and corsage-wearing teens from Bloomington High School traveled 40 miles to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, only to discover they hadn't been told that the date of the big night had changed.

Instead of the enchanting evening they were expecting, students were served chicken strips in a hastily arranged small hall where someone played music from a laptop computer.

The San Bernardino County school's calendar and the prom invitations listed the event on April 27, but it was slated for May 4.

New York

Elementary school has all-veggie menu

NEW YORK - A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says he's proud of the "trailblazing" school.

The Queens school has 400 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It wanted to offer healthy food options and started serving a vegetarian lunch three times a week and then increased it to four times a week. It recently went all-vegetarian.

Nevada

Online poker is back - at least for 1 state

LAS VEGAS - Poker devotees can now skip the smoky casino and legally gamble their dollars away on the couch - at least in the state of Nevada.

A Las Vegas-based casino subsidiary launched the first fully legal poker website in the United States on Tuesday morning. The site, run by Ultimate Gaming, is only accepting wagers from players in Nevada for now, but it likely represents the next chapter in gambling nationwide.

Internet poker, never fully legal, has been strictly outlawed since 2011, when the Department of Justice seized the domain names of the largest offshore sites catering to U.S. customers and blacked them out.

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