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Sisterís cat bite nets man $122K

FLUSHING, Mich. — A nasty bite on the hand that a man got from his sisterís Siamese cat is worth $122,400.

A jury on Friday awarded Michael Sabo, 57, the money for an injury he got when the cat, Randy, bit his right hand in March 2004.

Saboís fingers swelled so much that they looked like ďplump hot dogs,Ē his attorney, Tom Pabst, told The Flint Journal, and an infection put Sabo in a hospital for three weeks. He had to pay thousands in medical bills. Pabst said Saboís sister, Jean Toney, had warned people not to pick up Randy because he had bitten people before, but the newspaper said the cat leapt into Saboís lap.

30-year-old book fee paid to school

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Jeff Rolson is just relieved he didnít get sent to the principalís office.

The 40-something Rolson last week dropped by Superior Senior High School, where he graduated in 1977, to get a copy of his transcript for a plumbing apprenticeship. Thatís when he found out he had two outstanding debts — $7.95 for a missing algebra book and $5 for an unpaid physical-education fee.

A secretary told him he had to pay up before he could get his transcript. Rolson says he doesnít understand why the school didnít contact him earlier. After all, he still lives in Superior — and his daughter attends the school.

Boy Scout missing in North Carolina

TRAPHILL, N.C. (AP) — Search teams combed mountain terrain Sunday for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who disappeared during an outing.

About 10 Scouts and the adult leaders of Troop 230, from Greensboro, noticed that Michael Auberry was missing lunch Saturday in Doughton Park, which is part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The troop had gone on a hike earlier Saturday, and the boy stayed behind with an adult because he wanted to sleep in, said David Bauer, a parkway ranger.

After the troop returned and ate lunch with Michael and the adult, the troop noticed the boy was missing from camp. Searchers found part of his mess kit less than a mile away overnight Saturday, Bauer said.

White House faces Senate subpoenas

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday he intends to subpoena White House officials involved in ousting federal prosecutors and is dismissing anything short of their testimony in public.

The Bush White House was expected to announce early this week whether it will let political strategist Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers and other officials testify or will seek to assert executive privilege in preventing their appearance.

The chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., last week delayed a vote on the subpoenas until Thursday as the presidentís counsel, Fred Fielding, sought to negotiate terms. But on Sunday, Leahy said he had not met Fielding nor was he particularly open to any compromises, such as a private briefing by the administration officials.

McCain fields age, health questions

WASHINGTON — John McCain, 70 and scarred, cannot deny his age. So he jokes about it.

ďIím older than dirt, more scars than Frankenstein, but I learned a few things along the way,Ē quips the Republican presidential candidate, who tries to play down the ravages of time and war for the wisdom acquired over seven decades.

McCain keeps a high-energy lifestyle, but getting older begets questions about health. The four-term Arizona senator no doubt will have to prove to voters that he is physically and mentally up to the demanding job of president.

compiled from wire reports

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