Disney's Space Mountain remains closed for safety

ANAHEIM - Disneyland visitors won't be taking galactic voyages any time soon. One of the theme park's most popular rides is closed indefinitely two weeks after state safety regulators cited the park for hazards.

The Los Angeles Times reported Disney officials have no estimate when Space Mountain will reopen. The attraction was closed earlier this month after state officials said safety rules were violated when a contractor fell and suffered broken bones last November while cleaning the exterior of Space Mountain.

The contract company was fined nearly $61,000 for the safety violations. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has proposed a nearly $235,000 penalty against Disneyland in connection with the contractor's injury. Disney has not decided whether it will appeal the penalties.


Denver area celebrates light-rail opening

DENVER - The Denver area is celebrating the opening of the latest spur in its light-rail system.

Trains on the 12-mile west line began running Friday from Union Station in downtown Denver to Golden. The system is aimed at reducing congestion on the Sixth Avenue freeway.

People were able to ride the trains for free Saturday and stop at station parties all along the route.

It's the first light-rail line that's part of the Denver Regional Transit District's multibillion-dollar transit expansion known as FasTracks.

The line cost $709.8 million, and about $300 million of that was funded by the Federal Transit Administration.


Planned live-fire facility gets environmental study

HONOLULU - The Army has finished an environmental study on the proposed construction of a live-fire training facility at Pohakuloa Training Area.

The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii study, published Friday, said soldiers would use the Infantry Platoon Battle Course to practice conducting raids, ambushes, reconnaissance and other work.

The Big Island facility would reduce a live-fire training location shortage for Hawaii-based units.

But the environmental study indicated construction could significantly affect cultural resources. In particular, it said human remains were discovered in a lava tube at one of two construction sites considered.

The Army said it won't build an urban-terrain assault course and live-fire shoot house because of funding constraints.


Young readers pick favorites for top award

EMPORIA - Books about a guinea pig who thinks she's a dog and a sixth-grader who helps a neglected dog have won William Allen White Children's Book Awards.

Emporia State University announced the winners in a news release Thursday. Given since 1952, the award is one of only a few that asks young readers to pick the winners.

"Guinea Dog" by Patrick Jennings won in the third- through fifth-grade category. It's about a boy who wants a dog but is given a guinea pig instead.

"Ghost Dog Secrets" by Peg Kehret won in the sixth- through eighth-grade category. It recounts what happens when a boy starts caring for a dog left chained in frigid weather with no food, water or shelter.


Legislature honors former senator, 101

CARSON CITY - Wilbur Faiss, at a spritely 101 years old, is being honored by the Nevada Senate for his distinguished service to the state and his life achievements.

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution commemorating Faiss, who served two terms in the Senate from 1976 to 1984.

The resolution was part of Alumni Day, when former legislators were recognized in chambers.

Faiss said one of his proudest moments was voting for the Equal Rights Amendment in 1977. That measure was approved by the state Senate but rejected in the Assembly.

Faiss and his wife, Theresa, were married for 79 years before she died in 2012.

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Cartel-linked suspect arrested at casino club

ALBUQUERQUE - Federal officials say a suspected drug trafficker affiliated with the deadly Sinaloa cartel couldn't dance his troubles away.

Omar Cota was taken into custody early Friday off a dance floor at Route 66 Casino's Club Envy in New Mexico. Officials say federal agents and police in Laguna arrested the 28-year-old after receiving a tip that he liked to go to the casino.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Cota had an outstanding federal arrest warrant for drug trafficking and had eluded federal agents since February 2012.

Agents found a large amount of cash and suspected drugs with Cota, who is believed to be a member of the Brew Town gang, authorities said.


Tornado photo a fake, weather service says

NORMAN - A photo posted on social websites that purports to be a tornado over Lawton is a fake, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service office in Norman noticed the doctored photo that allegedly depicted a tornado over the southwestern Oklahoma city on April 17.

The weather service said the photo shows a real tornado that was photographed in Nebraska in 2004, and the photo was doctored to make it appear it was over Lawton.

There were a reported 12 small tornadoes in Oklahoma on April 17.


State aquarium records first birth of shark

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the younger residents of the Texas State Aquarium is the first shark to be born at the tourist-popular site.

Aquarium officials in Corpus Christi offered details on the female white spotted bamboo shark named Joy. Authorities said the shark was hatched in October and is the only shark ever born at the aquarium.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Joy won't be put on public display until she's large enough to be placed in the shark- touch-tank exhibit.

The white spotted bamboo shark typically is found in the South Pacific and grows to a length of up to four feet. Aquarium officials said Joy is 18 inches long and weighs just under three pounds.


Lego animal exhibit comes to Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY - An exhibit featuring life-size Lego-brick sculptures of animals has come to Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported the exhibit is on loan from the Philadelphia Zoo. The sculptures are the work of New York City artist Sean Kenney.

There are 30 different animal sculptures around the zoo in the exhibit. They include frogs, birds, polar bears and snakes.

Kenney said he and his staff of seven spent months making the sculptures. The polar bear is made of 95,000 Lego bricks. It took him two days just to make its eyes.

The exhibit runs through September in Salt Lake City.

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