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Arrest in Philadelphia subway attack

PHILADELPHIA -- A man who allegedly attacked a woman in a little-used subway station and threw her on the train tracks has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and other crimes.

William Clark, 37, who lived in southwest Philadelphia, was arrested Thursday for an attack on Tuesday that was captured on surveillance cameras. His bail was set at $2 million.

Clark has a lengthy criminal history, and arresting officers said he appeared to have mental problems.

The victim suffered bumps and bruises but was not seriously injured.

Mom arrested in gun case

NEW YORK -- The mother of a 7-year-old who took a handgun to his public elementary school in the Queens section of New York was arrested Friday, the police said.

The woman, Deborah Farley, 53, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child along with several other weapons-related counts.

The police said the child did not know he was bringing the weapon to school, although he discovered that there was a gun in his bag before school officials were alerted and the weapon was recovered by the authorities.

Lesbian military spouse

FORT BRAGG, N.C. --An officers' spouse club at Fort Bragg, N.C., has offered a "special guest membership" to the same-sex spouse of a U.S. Army officer after earlier denying the woman's application to join the private organization.

Ashley Broadway, a lesbian who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, rejected the offer, calling it "not only offensive, but just plain hurtful."

The club's refusal last month to admit Ms. Broadway has focused attention on the rights of same-sex military couples more than a year after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" allowed homosexuals to serve openly.

Lottery winner's body

CHICAGO -- Authorities on Friday exhumed the body a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery and conducted an autopsy in the hopes that it will help solve the mystery surrounding his death.

Urooj Khan, 46, died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death initially was ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative whose identity remains a mystery asked for further tests that revealed in November that he had been poisoned.

Also in the nation ...

A trove of memorabilia from Studio 54 is going up for bid today in West Palm Beach, Fla., in an auction that is resurrecting those long-ago nights at the iconic 1970s New York nightclub. ... The first part of Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah Winfrey drew about 4.3 million viewers to OWN on Thursday night, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings released Friday. However, some of her interviews on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on prime-time network TV pulled in 10 million viewers.

-- Compiled from news services



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