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US Sen. Johanns won't seek 2nd term

LINCOLN - U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, saying he wants a "quieter time" to focus on his family following a busy political career that included stints as governor and President George W. Bush's agriculture secretary.

The Republican announced he was retiring from the Senate after one term. He said he and his wife, Stephanie, decided that the time had come to end a public career that has spanned more than half of his life.

New York

3 men jump on tracks to help a stranger

NEW YORK - Three good Samaritans in New York City jumped onto subway tracks after a stranger fell, hoisting the man to safety before a train rolled into the station.

The New York Post reported that it happened Sunday at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. A man in his 20s hit his head and stumbled onto the tracks.

The newspaper says the next train was supposed to arrive in two minutes when Garrett O'Hanlon jumped onto the tracks. Seeing his struggle, Dennis Codrington jumped in, too. So did Matt Foley. The three worked quickly as the train approached.

Riders waiting on the platform helped lift the man. First responders rushed the unconscious man to a hospital. His condition was unclear.


McCready shot dog before killing herself

HEBER SPRINGS - Authorities said Monday it appears that country singer Mindy McCready killed her late boyfriend David Wilson's dog before she turned the gun on herself Sunday.

The dog and McCready were found dead next to one another at the home in Heber Springs, a vacation community about 65 miles north of Little Rock.

Authorities are investigating Wilson's shooting death as a suicide, but an official determination hasn't been made.


'Houdini Horse' act is caught on video

MIDLAND - With her escape-artist antics now caught on video, a horse in Michigan is being dubbed the "Houdini Horse" thanks to her knack for opening stall doors.

The 9-year-old horse named Mariska somehow learned to open latches at Misty Meadow Farms near Midland in central Michigan. The farm's co-owner, Sandy Bonem, posted a video online of the horse opening numerous locks.


TV anchor accused of choking his wife

DARIEN - A New York television news anchor fought with his wife and then choked her at their home and threatened her even after he was arrested, police said.

Officers received a call early Sunday from WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison's mother-in-law about what was going on at the couple's home in Darien, police said. Morrison had been belligerent toward his wife, CBS financial news anchor Ashley Morrison, throughout the night and ended up with his hands wrapped around her neck, they said.

Rob Morrison posted $100,000 bond and is due in court today.

Wire reports