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Nation briefs for Saturday, Feb. 13

NEVADA

Man with ax kills baby, injures 2

A man wielding a medieval-style battle ax wounded his mentally disabled sister-in-law before going on a deadly, random rampage with the weapon outside his Las Vegas home, killing a 4-month-old baby and critically injuring the child's mother, police said Friday. Harold E. Montague, 33, told police he doesn't remember the attack. He didn't know the woman or the boy he is accused of hacking during the rampage a little before noon Thursday on a residential street about a mile east of Las Vegas Boulevard, police Lt. Lewis Roberts said. Montague was being held without bail pending a court appearance Tuesday morning on charges of felony murder, attempted murder and attempted murder of a police officer.

A harbor seal and at least four sea lions, including one listed as endangered, were shot to death near Seattle, authorities said Friday. One was a Steller sea lion protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. The others were more common California sea lions listed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman Brian Gorman said an investigation was under way because it's illegal in most cases to shoot any kind of sea lion or seal. It can result in fines of up to $50,000, he said. Seattle has a love-hate relationship with California sea lions, accused of eating too many threatened spring Chinook salmon.

INDIANA

$2.5-million jackpot goes unclaimed

Hoosier lottery players have been digging through their trash, scouring their cars and bringing fistfuls of old tickets to an Indianapolis store, hoping they would find the winning - but unclaimed - $2.5-million jackpot ticket. But time ran out Friday as the 5 p.m. deadline for cashing in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket came and went with no one coming forward. The remainder of the jackpot will go back to the unclaimed prize fund, which is used for future games and promotions, Hoosier Lottery spokesman Andrew Reed said.

NATIONWIDE

Snow covers almost all of U.S.

There was snow on the ground in 49 states Friday. Hawaii was the holdout. It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns. Weather geeks turned their eyes to Hawaii to see if they could find a trace of white to make it a rare 50-for-50 states with snow. But there was no snow in sight. The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn't keep track of that number and can't say whether it has ever happened. The office can't even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place.

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