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Firm pays for Washington's river crossing

WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. —After months of financial uncertainty, a Pennsylvania company has donated $400,000 to ensure that George Washington continues crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey each Christmas.

Thousands of people turn out every year to watch the re-enactment of Washington's 1776 crossing of the river in a surprise attack on British forces.

But this year's re-enactment was imperiled by government budget cuts that have closed a visitor center on the Pennsylvania side.

Besides the money to pay for Friday's crossing, technology manufacturer Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. pledged a five-year commitment of volunteer support from 13,000 employees for park maintenance and operations.

Body of Md. girl found Friday in wooded area

SALISBURY, Md. —The body of a Maryland girl who authorities say was abducted by a registered sex offender was found Friday in a wooded area near the Delaware state line after thousands of volunteers spent Christmas searching for her.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said the body of 11-year-old Sarah H. Foxwell was discovered about 4 p.m. He offered few other details. Thomas J. Leggs Jr., 30, was arrested Wednesday and charged in her kidnapping.

Salvation Army worker killed in front of kids

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —A Salvation Army worker was shot and killed Christmas Eve in front of his three young children during an attempted robbery outside the charity's community center in North Little Rock, a Salvation Army official said Friday.

North Little Rock police said they were looking for the two men who accosted Salvation Army Maj. Philip Wise outside the community center about 4:15 p.m. Thursday. No arrests have been made.

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