MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE, Calif. —A replica of a cross honoring America's war dead that drew the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court before it was stolen this month mysteriously appeared Thursday in a Mojave Desert federal park, but officials said it was illegal and took it down.
A maintenance worker discovered the cross bolted to a concrete pad on Sunrise Rock, Mojave National Preserve spokeswoman Linda Slater said.
The cross apparently was put up during the night and nobody has claimed responsibility, Slater said.
Gunmen kill police along Ark. highway
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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. —Two police officers doing anti-drug work along a busy Arkansas interstate were shot and killed by two men with AK-47s on Thursday, and the suspects later died in a separate shoot-out with police in a crowded Walmart parking lot, authorities said.
West Memphis police Inspector Bert Shelton said officers were "running drug interdiction" on I-40 in east Arkansas when they pulled over a white van with Ohio license plates. The two men got out of the van and opened fire on the officers with AK-47s, he said.
The suspects were later spotted in the parking lot of a nearby Walmart. Dozens of officers swarmed the van and both suspects were shot and killed, authorities said.
'Prince of Pot' sent to Seattle to face charges
SEATTLE — After a years-long battle to avoid extradition, Canada's so-called Prince of Pot was brought Thursday to Seattle, where he is expected to plead guilty to a charge that he sold millions of marijuana seeds to U.S. customers.
Marc Emery appeared in U.S. District Court and agreed to remain in custody pending his plea hearing on Monday.
Emery, 52, of Vancouver, British Columbia, claimed to have made $3 million a year before his arrest in 2005, when a grand jury in Seattle indicted him on marijuana conspiracy and money-laundering charges. He operated his mail-order business for about a decade.