DENVER (AP) - A Colorado Democrat who wanted to prevent individuals suspected of posing a threat from possessing a gun quickly backed off that plan after details of the proposal became public. Rep. Beth McCann says she's still working on a bill dealing with firearm restrictions for people believed to be a danger, but it's unclear when it could be introduced or what it would look like. A draft of McCann's original proposal would allow psychologists, nurses and counselors to enter a person into the national background check system, prohibiting that individual from legally possessing a firearm for a year. The NRA immediately called it the "most unconstitutional" legislation of the session. Limits on ammunition magazines and required background checks on all gun sales already have been signed into law this year in Colorado.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. KWWL-TV reports that officials at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque believe the tortoise named Cashew was stolen, but that the thief quietly returned the animal. The museum says a visitor found Cashew on the elevator floor Thursday. She appears to be in good health. The museum discovered Cashew was missing Tuesday from an exhibit with a 4-foot glass wall. Museum officials suspected she was taken as a prank or to sell. Museum officials are reviewing surveillance video to try to figure out exactly what happened and find a possible suspect.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Those who lost loved ones in the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history are preparing for an emotional 50th anniversary. There are weekend events in Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, to memorialize the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher, which sank with the loss of 129 lives about 220 miles off Cape Cod on April 10, 1963. The Navy believes a leak in a pipe shorted out an electrical panel, leading to a cascading series of events that caused the destruction of the sub, now on the sea floor 8,500 feet deep. Part of the Thresher's legacy is safety. Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., says, "We can never, ever let this happen again."