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2013-03-01T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Nevada

Vegas-crash suspect is arrested in LA

LAS VEGAS - A self-described pimp was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles, ending a weeklong manhunt that began after a shooting and spectacular, fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip, police said.

Ammar Harris, 26, surrendered to a fugitive apprehension team of police and FBI agents who found him a little after noon inside a Studio City apartment where a woman answered the door, authorities said.

Harris, whose Internet posts show him with fists full of money boasting of a high-rolling lifestyle with prostitutes, was booked into a Los Angeles jail pending an extradition hearing Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

His arrest ended a multi-state search that began after the Feb. 21 attack.

District of Columbia

Pentagon ends grounding of F-35s

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says it has lifted an order that briefly grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets.

The jets were grounded on Feb. 21 after the discovery of a small crack in the turbine blade of an engine in one F-35 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

On Thursday evening the Pentagon said all 51 planes had been cleared to resume flight operations.

It said prolonged exposure to high levels of heat and other unspecified "stressors" were determined to be the cause of the crack. No additional cracks were found.

Mississippi

Man charged in death of gay candidate

CLARKSDALE - A 22-year-old man has been charged with killing an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, officials said.

Lawrence Reed of Shelby was charged with murder, the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. There was no immediate indication of a possible motive.

The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found near a Mississippi River levee about 15 miles from Clarksdale, in the southwest part of Coahoma County, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Florida

SpaceX set for 3rd supply run to station

CAPE CANAVERAL - The International Space Station is about to get another commercial shipment.

The California company known as SpaceX is set to launch its unmanned Falcon rocket this morning, hoisting a Dragon capsule containing more than a ton of food, tools, computer hardware and science experiments.

There won't be any ice cream, though, for the six-man station crew. The freezers going up are filled with mouse stem cells, protein crystals and other research items. On the previous Dragon delivery in October, chocolate-vanilla swirl was tucked inside.

Pennsylvania

Cops: Mom left baby alone in the woods

WILMERDING - Police say a western Pennsylvania mother seeking a "fresh start" abandoned her 8-month-old daughter in the woods with a bottle of milk.

Police say 24-year-old Jennifer Cutruzzula, of Wilmerding, walked into the woods Wednesday night and dropped off the baby. A neighbor who saw Cutruzzula leave the woods without the child found the baby crawling on her stomach along a muddy hillside and alerted authorities.

Temperatures were in the mid-30s with light rain falling. Police say Cutruzzula told them she was having difficulty at home and wanted "a fresh start."

Wire reports

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