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In brief: Boustany wins seat in runoff vote

Sun., Dec. 9, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. – U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany will return to Congress for a fifth term after handily defeating his fellow Republican congressman, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election.

Boustany had 60 percent of the vote with 85 percent of precincts reporting late Saturday.

The two were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census.

Puerto Rico to ask U.S. for statehood

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s governor will call a special legislative session to push for approval of a resolution urging the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to honor the results of a recent referendum on changing the island’s political status.

Gov. Luis Fortuno said Saturday that Puerto Rican voters embraced statehood and rejected the current U.S. commonwealth status in the Nov. 6 ballot. He said Congress and Obama pledged to respect the results.

Man accidentally shoots son to death

MERCER, Pa. – A man’s handgun went off while he was holding it in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday, and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into his truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, according to state police. The boy died at the scene.

Investigators said Loughrey told them he didn’t realize a bullet was in the chamber. The shooting is being investigated as an accident.

Woman gives birth in New York zoo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – An upstate New York zoo got a surprise visit from the stork.

A woman gave birth on a wildlife path at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse on Friday, delivering her baby girl with the help of zookeepers not far from the bear exhibit.

The zoo’s elephant expert herded away curious zoo patrons.

An ambulance soon arrived to take the newborn to a hospital. Zoo Director Ted Fox said the zoo plans to send a gift to the family.


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