Police: Neb. child gets stuck inside claw machine
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in Lincoln say a toddler was not hurt after getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley.
Lincoln police say a woman called Monday afternoon to report her 3-year-old son missing from her apartment.
Authorities later discovered the boy had ended up inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley across the street. Patrons at the bowling alley spotted the boy playing with stuffed animals inside the machine.
The machine's vendor was contacted to let the boy out. He was reunited with his mother a short time later.
Police say the mother was not cited because she immediately contacted police about the missing child.
CSX 1Q profit falls 14 pct as weather slows rails
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Harsh weather slowed CSX railroad and contributed to a 14 percent drop in first-quarter profit, even as freight volume grew modestly.
On Tuesday, the railroad based in Jacksonville, Fla., reported net income of $398 million, or 40 cents per share, in the quarter ending March 31. That's down from $462 million, or 45 cents per share, a year ago.
CSX said weather in early 2014 cost it 8 to 9 cents per share in increased expenses and lost revenue.
The railroad's revenue grew 2 percent to $3.01 billion as it hauled 3 percent more freight. Increases in intermodal and merchandise shipments offset coal weakness.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected CSX to report earnings per share of 39 cents on $2.99 billion revenue.
CSX Corp. sees modest profit growth in 2014.
Columbus man convicted of murder, other crimes
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A 31-year-old Nebraska man has been convicted of murder in the knifing death of a Columbus man.
The office of Attorney General Jon Bruning said in a news release that 31-year-old Eric Henry was found guilty Tuesday by a Platte County District Court jury in Columbus.
Henry was one of three people prosecuted for the May 2013 slaying of 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen during a botched robbery.
Last month 32-year-old Kimberly Henderson, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Twenty-seven-year-old Quentin Critser, of Lincoln, pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. Henderson and Critser are awaiting sentencing.
ACLU speaks for man arrested handing out fliers
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska civil liberties group is now representing a Lincoln man arrested by police last month for handing out religious pamphlets outside Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says Larry Ball was exercising his First Amendment rights. The ACLU filed a motion Monday in Ball's casing requesting that the charges against him be dismissed.
The 76-year-old Ball was arrested March 15 after refusing police orders to stop handing out the fliers as the Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament was being played inside the arena.
Ball and the ACLU say Ball was on a public sidewalk and was therefore free to hand out fliers. Police and city prosecutors dispute that Ball was on public property.
A hearing in the case has been set for Wednesday.
Grand Island attorney named to judgeship
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A former Hall County prosecutor has been named to fill an open district court judgeship in eastern Nebraska's 5th Judicial District.
The office of Gov. Dave Heineman says he's selected 43-year-old Rachel Daugherty, of Grand Island. She's been in private practice in Grand Island since 2000. She holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln law school.
The opening was created by the retirement of Judge Michael Owens, who was appointed to the post in 1996.
The 5th Judicial District covers Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward and York counties.
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