Francesca Schmidt, 7, left, pushes a loaded wagon during the March for Babies event in Newport Beach, Calif. More than 5,000 people participated in Sunday's March of Dimes 3 1/2-mile walk at an outdoor mall. Similar walks are planned across the state in coming weeks.



Grand Ole Opry to hold public funeral for Jones

NASHVILLE - A public funeral will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville for country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at the age of 81.

Publicist Kirt Webster said in statement that the funeral will be Thursday morning. Webster said Jones would have wanted his fans everywhere to be able to pay their respects along with his family.

A private visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


New rule aims to curb surge in unwanted pet tortoises

RENO - An increase in unwanted pet desert tortoises in Nevada is prompting a new state regulation.

Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say residents seeking to acquire a desert tortoise as a pet will be restricted to having a single one beginning Wednesday.

They say the regulation comes as officials pick up an average of 1,000 unwanted pet tortoises in southern Nevada due mostly to breeding of them at homes.

Officials say it's no longer feasible for a San Diego Zoo service to accept them due to budget cuts.

The new rule only affects those who seek to acquire a desert tortoise after Wednesday.


'Iron Man 3' in top spot

LOS ANGELES - "Iron Man 3" was the heavy-lifter at theaters with a colossal overseas debut that overshadowed a gang of mercenary bodybuilders in a sleepy presummer weekend at the domestic box office.

The Marvel Studios superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. got a head-start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million opening in 42 overseas markets, distributor Disney reported Sunday.

Director Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain," a true-crime tale of bodybuilders on the make, muscled into first place domestically with a $20 million debut.

The Paramount release starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie knocked off Tom Cruise's sci-fi adventure "Oblivion" after a week in the No. 1 spot. Universal's "Oblivion" slipped to second place with $17.4 million, raising its domestic total to $64.7 million.

Report: Bridge has bolts similar to banned ones

SAN FRANCISCO - The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has more than 1,200 bolts made from galvanized steel that is virtually identical to a high-strength alloy that a nationwide group of transportation officials banned for use on bridges because the bolts can crack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

The bolts are used to anchor structures designed to keep the bridge stable in an earthquake, band the main cables together and bind them to the road decks.

Caltrans said last week that it was testing 192 bolts on the bridge that are similar to 32 galvanized bolts that cracked when workers tightened them in March.

New Mexico

4 people stabbed at church

ALBUQUERQUE - Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Mass was nearing its end.

Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.

The injuries to the four church-goers weren't life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.

An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.

The Associated Press