National Briefs: Police, students clash after game

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Repeating a scene from 13 years ago, several hundred Arizona fans and Tucson police clashed in the streets late Saturday following the University of Arizona basketball team's loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

Authorities said 15 people were arrested after fans hurled beer bottles and firecrackers at officers, who then used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

No officers were hurt, but three people who were arrested had minor injuries in the unrest that lasted more than an hour, police said. Meanwhile, officials at the University of Arizona vowed to punish any students who participated in the fracas.

The clash began after crowds leaving bars and restaurants near campus filled University Boulevard after the game, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said.

GOP tries to woo billionaire

LAS VEGAS -- Three Republican governors eyeing the White House, including embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were in Las Vegas Saturday to court Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino owner who could give any of their eventual campaigns a major financial boost.

The governors met one-on-one with Mr. Adelson, 80, and addressed a conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition, an advocacy group that counts him as a board member and benefactor.

More than 400 of the coalition's top donors and those seeking support from them gathered this weekend at Mr. Adelson's convention center-hotel-casino complex, part of his international Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Official: bridge report rushed

TRENTON, New Jersey -- The chairman of a New Jersey Legislature investigative committee said it's too early to reach a conclusion about what Gov. Chris Christie knew about lane closings on the George Washington Bridge last year.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, co-chairman of the Select Committee on Investigation, said the staff hasn't interviewed key individuals about the decision to shut New York-bound bridge approach lanes from the town of Fort Lee.

"It's far too early to draw any conclusive decisions about who knew what in this investigation. This report really rushes a judgment that is too early to make," Mr. Wisniewski, a Democrat, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" broadcast.

2 avoided Craigslist murder?

SUNBURY, Pa. -- A woman charged along with her newlywed husband with killing a man she met through Craigslist said two other men had responded to her ad for companionship but never showed up.

Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour tells The Daily Item of Sunbury that their failure to show saved the men's lives.

Police say Ms. Barbour met 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara, of Port Trevorton, through Craigslist and stabbed him to death in her parked car in Sunbury last November with the help of her husband, Elytte Barbour.

Ms. Barbour claims she previously killed more than 20 people in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. Investigators say they have found no evidence to substantiate her claims.

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