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Two deer hunters shot in Wisconsin

Black Earth, Wis. A hunter was fatally shot by a colleague and a boy accidentally shot himself Saturday as Wisconsin’s deer hunting season opened amid racial tensions stemming from last year’s deadly attack on a group of hunters.

The 66-year-old man was accidentally shot and killed by someone in his hunting party near Webb Lake, in the northwest corner of the state. A young hunter in Grant County, in southwestern Wisconsin, accidentally shot himself, but not fatally.

Feds consider looking at Halliburton deals

Washington The Justice Department is deciding whether to pursue an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing over how a division of the Halliburton Co. was awarded a contract in Iraq.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., released a letter Friday from Defense Department Assistant Inspector General John R. Crane that said the department’s Defense Criminal Investigative Services is investigating the allegations and “has shared its findings with the Department of Justice.”

Last year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ top procurement official criticized Iraq-related work awarded to Halliburton by the Corps of Engineers. Bunnatine H. Greenhouse said her main objection was the issuance to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root of a no-bid, five-year contract to restore Iraqi oil fields shortly before the Iraq war began in 2003.

Missing snowboarder survives for three days

Keystone, Colo. A snowboarder survived three days lost in the backcountry wilderness by building a shelter of pine boughs as temperatures dropped into the low teens, his rescuers said Saturday.

John Ryan, 31, of Erie, Colo., was found Saturday morning a few hundred yards from the boundaries of the Keystone ski resort, where he’d gone riding alone on Wednesday, said Mike Schmitt, spokesman for Summit County Search and Rescue.

“Whatever he did, he did something right to stay alive these last three days,” Schmitt said. Friends said he was in good condition.


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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

UPDATED: 10:03 p.m.

North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.