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NEVADA: Bandit came back once too often

A helmeted bandit who escaped the Bellagio in Las Vegas with $1.5 million in chips during a daring gunpoint heist Dec. 14 returned to the scene several times before his luck finally ran out, police said Thursday. "He likes to gamble," Lt. Ray Steiber said as he described how Anthony M. Carleo, 29, the son of a Las Vegas judge, was nabbed late Wednesday on the same casino floor at the Bellagio resort.


CALIFORNIA: Son of ex-Enron boss dead

A son of jailed former Enron president Jeff Skilling was found dead in his Santa Ana apartment, police said Thursday. Police were called to the apartment Tuesday after John Taylor "J. T." Skilling, 20, a Chapman University student, didn't show up for dinner with friends. Prescription medicine bottles were found near the body. Friends said he was upset over a breakup with a girlfriend.


Hospital director convicted

A former state mental hospital director was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing his adopted son in what prosecutors contend was a pattern of preying on young boys that spanned four decades. A Superior Court jury in Long Beach convicted Claude Foulk, 63, of 31 of 35 counts of sex crimes. He could face a maximum sentence of up to 248 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 23.


WASHINGTON: McCain, Obama chat in the Oval Office

More than two years after clashing as campaign rivals, President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are putting their relationship on defrost and searching for some common ground. They met privately for half an hour Wednesday afternoon in the Oval Office, the outcome of outreach between the two after the Arizona shooting spree that seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last month. "We talked about a wide variety of issues," McCain said later.


NEW JERSEY: Car hits school, killing 3

Three people were killed Thursday when a car slammed into the side of an elementary school in Pine Beach. No students were present as the school was not open.

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