National Briefs: Baby rescued from sailboat

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SAN DIEGO -- U.S. sailors rescued an American family with an ill 1-year-old from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast -- boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the girl could get medical treatment.

The baby girl, Lyra, was in stable condition at 8 a.m. Sunday when sailors helped her, her 3-year-old sister, Cora, and her parents, Charlotte and Eric Kaufman, leave their sailboat and brought them aboard the USS Vandegrift.

The Kaufmans were two weeks into a sailing trip around the world when Lyra developed a fever and a rash covering most of her body and wasn't responding to medications. After their 36-foot sailboat lost steering and communication abilities about 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, they sent a satellite call for help to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday.

It was not immediately known what illness the girl may have had.

Police: Tot killed sister, 11

PHILADELPHIA -- A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday.

Jamara Stevens was fatally shot Saturday morning with a gun that police believe was brought into the home by the mother's boyfriend a few hours earlier.

The mother was home with her four children in a master bedroom, Lt. John Walker said. Police say the shooting occurred when she left the room at about 10 a.m. to use the bathroom.

Jeb Bush outlines strategy

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigratio`n and education.

Even as he sharply criticized President Barack Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a "hopeful" message, he could avoid "the vortex of a mud fight."

Even as the band seemed to be getting back together, some Republicans privately acknowledged that a repeat engagement faced plenty of hurdles, not least of which being the sense that the party might have moved beyond the Bushes. Some observers noted that Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state, seemed to generate more enthusiastic applause earlier in the weekend.

Gas up 5 cents in 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has risen 5 cents in the past two weeks.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday said the price of a gallon of regular was $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg's twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013.

But the current price is 4 cents under its year-ago point.

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