FLORIDA: Nyad starts swim off Cuba

American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad jumped into Cuban waters Sunday evening and set off in a bid to become the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without the aid of a shark cage. Tanned and freckled from long hours training in the Caribbean, Nyad, 61, said the still air and flat water were perfect conditions for her attempt to make a 103-mile 60-hour swim from Havana to the Florida Keys. She changed into a black swimsuit and blue swim cap and an assistant greased her shoulders and armpits to prevent chafing in the salty water. She swam away just before sunset, escorted by kayaks and several larger boats carrying her support team. Nyad first had a go at this crossing as a 28-year-old back in 1978, when she swam inside a steel shark cage for about 42 hours before sea currents hammering her off course ended that attempt.

MARYLAND: Four in family shot to death

The mother of a man police say shot his wife, her twin children and himself to death called police after receiving a disturbing text message from him, authorities said Sunday. As officers arrived at the home in a neighborhood south of Baltimore, they heard a single gunshot. Anne Arundel County Police said Kelly Brian Thompson, 33, killed Nina Thompson, 34, and 15-year-old Taishawn Pugh and Treshawn Pugh. The single shot officers heard was Thompson killing himself, police said.

VERMONT: Blind law student wins case

Deanna Jones, a third-year law student who's legally blind and learning disabled, has won her first big court case: her own. Jones sued the National Conference of Bar Examiners in July, accusing it of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to let her take a legal ethics exam using a computer with screen access software that she has used to read in college and in law school. Armed with a federal judge's order, she was able to take the test Friday, closely watched by a proctor, test supervisor and someone from the ACT, Inc. testing company, she said. "I think I did OK," she said.

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