Hawaii strapped for election cash

HONOLULU — Cash-strapped Hawaii can't afford to pay for an election to replace a congressman who is planning to step down next month to run for governor, potentially leaving 600,000 urban Honolulu residents without representation in Washington.

Budget cuts have left the state Office of Elections with about $5,000 to last until July, with a special election costing nearly $1 million, interim Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago said.

Until the state finds money or this fall's regularly scheduled elections occur, one of Hawaii's two seats in the House of Representatives will remain vacant.

3 die in Vermont lake snowmobile accident

SALISBURY, Vt. —Vermont State Police said a snowmobiling accident on a frozen lake killed a man, his daughter and 3-year-old granddaughter.

Police say three snowmobiles carrying six people altogether went through ice on Lake Dunmore near Salisbury at around noon Saturday.

Five people went into the water and were later pulled out by rescue crews.

Kevin Flynn, 50, Carrie Flynn, 24, and Bryanna Popp, 3, were pronounced dead at a Middlebury hospital. Carrie Flynn was Bryanna's aunt.

Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, dies at 88

LOS OSOS, Calif. —Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires, died Friday. He was 88.

Clokey, who suffered from repeated bladder infections, died in his sleep at his home in Los Osos on California's Central Coast, son Joseph told the Los Angeles Times.

Gumby grew out of a student project Clokey produced at the University of Southern California in the early 1950s called "Gumbasia."

That led to his making shorts featuring Gumby and his horse friend Pokey for the "Howdy Doody Show" and several series through the years.