Man gets $8K after 'Small World' mishap
LOS ANGELES - A disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's a Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half-hour while the theme song played continuously.
Lawyer David Geffen said Jose Martinez didn't medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009. Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree.
Half the award ordered Friday is for pain and suffering, and the rest is for a violation of disability law. Brown said the violation has been addressed.
Sen. Johnson retires; cites declining health
VERMILLION - Entering the auditorium at the University of South Dakota on a motorized scooter and delivering remarks in halting speech, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., announced Tuesday that he would retire next year at the end of his term. He acknowledged he remains limited by a 2006 health crisis that nearly killed him.
Johnson, 66, said the effects of his life-threatening brain hemorrhage had made speech and mobility increasingly difficult.
Johnson, who until recently relied on a cane to get around, has become dependent on his motorized scooter.
State ready to defend anti-abortion laws
BISMARCK - North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.
Minutes after Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three anti-abortion measures - one banning them when a heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into a pregnancy - unsolicited donations began pouring into the state's lone abortion clinic to help opponents prove the new laws are unconstitutional.
Bomb materials found in Colo. suspect's car
DECATUR - Investigators found bomb-making materials and pants that appeared to have blood on them in the car of a man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief, according to documents made public Tuesday.
Authorities also found maps, handwritten directions and documents from the Department of Corrections in Evan Spencer Ebel's black Cadillac.
Also found were a Domino's Pizza worker's shirt and visor, and a pizza carrier bag along with zip ties and duct tape.
Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities last week after a high-speed chase.