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2013-01-21T00:00:00Z 2013-01-21T20:59:11Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
January 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

New Mexico

15-year-old boy held in fatal shooting of 5

ALBUQUERQUE - A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home.

The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman.

Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.

California

2 Chastain films take top spots at box office

NEW YORK - Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Mark Wahlberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film, "Mama," and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty."

"Mama" opened well above expectations with a box-office topping $28.1 million for Universal Pictures, according to studio estimates Sunday. Chastain also held the second spot with "Zero Dark Thirty," for which she's nominated by the Academy Awards for best actress.

Schwarzenegger's action flick "The Last Stand" opened with just $6.3 million for Lionsgate, one of the worst debuts for the star.

The Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe-led New York crime film "Broken City" didn't fare much better. The Fox release premiered in fifth with $9.1 million.

New Jersey

Drawing of black slave in sex act is re-displayed

NEWARK - A library that covered up a drawing of a black female slave having sex with a white man after workers found it inappropriate is displaying it again.

The drawing, created by black artist Kara Walker, shows the horrors many blacks faced after the Civil War and during reconstruction and includes a depiction of a slave performing oral sex.

It initially was hung during Thanksgiving in the Newark Public Library's second-floor reference room, but officials reluctantly covered it with a cloth after one day because some workers complained it was insensitive.

The Star-Ledger newspaper reported Sunday that library officials and staffers have since met to discuss the drawing and decided it could be uncovered.

Michigan

High winds cut power to 195,000 customers

DETROIT - Winds that gusted to 60 mph swept across Michigan, knocking down trees and power lines and cutting off electrical service to at least 195,000 homes and businesses.

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. said 120,000 of its southeastern Michigan customers lost power in the overnight storm, and about 84,000 remained blacked out late Sunday afternoon.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. said the storms knocked 75,000 of its customers across the Lower Peninsula off line.

Massachusetts

2nd crime lab worker accused of wrongdoing

NORTHAMPTON - A chemist at a state crime lab tampered with drug evidence, authorities said Sunday in Massachusetts, where another chemist at a different lab was accused last year of faking test results in a scandal that threw thousands of criminal cases into question.

Sonja Farak, of Northampton, who works at a lab in Amherst, in western Massachusetts, removed a substance from a case file that tested positive for cocaine and replaced it with one that did not test positive, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

Farak, 35, was arrested Saturday. She is also charged with possession of heroin and cocaine.

Texas

Runaway vehicle kills woman at carwash

CONROE- A 72-year-old woman was killed in a Texas carwash after an unsecured vehicle that was being cleaned ran her over.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Juana Gonzalez and her family were waiting for their truck at the carwash in Conroe on Saturday when an attendant accidentally put the vehicle in drive while placing it on a carwash track.

Police say the vehicle sped through the carwash and crashed into Gonzalez.

The Associated Press

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