IN BRIEF

LAS VEGAS SHOOTOUT

Woman hurt as shots fired between trucks

A bystander was wounded during a shootout between the occupants of two pickups in the Southern Highlands community late Sunday, Las Vegas police said.

The woman was walking near the intersection of Verismo Street and Palio Avenue when gunfire erupted from the two vehicles about 8 p.m., said Lt. Ted Snodgrass. The woman was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Snodgrass said.

According to a witness, the gunfire was preceded by a verbal argument between occupants in the two pickups, Snodgrass said. Shell casings from two different guns were found at the scene, Snodgrass said. No arrests were made Sunday night.

MURDER-SUICIDE

Shootings followed confrontation at store

A man who fatally shot his five children and killed himself in Graham, Wash., had discovered his wife was leaving him for another man, authorities said Sunday.

The bodies of James Harrison’s children, ages 7 to 16, were found with gunshot wounds Saturday in the family’s mobile home, most of them in their beds. Harrison’s body had been found earlier in the day with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, behind the wheel of his idling car.

The night before, the father and his eldest daughter went in search of his wife, Angela Harrison. The daughter used a GPS feature in her mother’s cell phone to find her with another man at a convenience store in nearby Auburn, said Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County sheriff’s office.

GRAND CANYON

Navajos seek approval to run river excursions

The Navajo Nation is lobbying for one of its businessmen to run river trips through the Grand Canyon.

With only one American Indian tribe, the Hualapai, doing so, the director of the Navajo Nation’s Division of Economic Development says it’s time to allow others.

Allan Begay said the Navajo Nation would like the venture to start soon, but Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Steve Martin said that is unlikely. The National Park Service controls who can set out on the river, and a management plan is not up for review.

CORPORATE TRAVEL

Letter asks Obama to block restrictions

Tourism industry leaders in Hawaii, coping with the downturn in business travel, are seeking help from a native son, President Barack Obama.

Gov. Linda Lingle, 90 business leaders and Hawaii’s four mayors wrote Obama last week urging him to oppose any measure restricting companies that receive federal money from using business meetings “as a legitimate business tool.”

As the economy faltered and federal aid recipients came under fire for sponsoring gatherings at flashy destinations, 132 groups and companies canceled meetings and incentive trips to Hawaii in the first three months of this year. Other popular destinations such as Las Vegas, Florida and Arizona are seeing similar cancellations.

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC

Dog detects marijuana in frames of paintings

It wasn’t the beauty of the paintings that caught the eye of Customs agents. It was their drug-sniffing dog turning up his nose at the art that stopped the show.

Federal officials in Arizona said a man was arrested after Customs and Border Protection officers found 90 pounds of marijuana hidden in the frames of six large paintings in his vehicle.

Officers chose the man’s vehicle for a routine inspection Friday at the border crossing in Douglas, Ariz., and their dog showed an interest in the paintings.

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