Nation in brief
By Times staff writers
Carter inducted into Peanut Hall of Fame
PLAINS, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter, the nation's most famous peanut farmer, was inducted into the Peanut Hall of Fame during a festival Saturday in his hometown.
Induction into the Georgia Peanut Commission's Hall of Fame is the highest honor anyone can receive from the state's 5,000 peanut farmers.
Since its inception 22 years ago, only three others have been inducted: University of Georgia peanut expert J. Frank McGill, the late U.S. Sen. Herman Talmadge and former state Rep. Henry Reaves.
No end in sight to longshoremen lockout
SAN FRANCISCO -- Normally bustling West Coast ports were silent Saturday as a lockout of about 10,500 dock workers by shipping lines took hold.
The lockout began Friday, when the association representing shipping lines and terminal operators charged longshoremen with staging coordinated slow downs to gain leverage in contentious contract talks.
By Saturday, signs of any progress in contract talks were scant and it was clear tensions hadn't eased. Both the union and employers made comments suggesting work on the docks wouldn't resume as normal today, when the lockout is scheduled to end.
Mom accused of beating at store faces new charge
MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- A woman accused of hitting her 4-year-old daughter in a beating caught by a surveillance camera surrendered to face new charges of giving police false addresses.
Madelyne Gorman Toogood turned herself in Friday on the misdemeanor charge of false informing, said St. Joseph County jail officer Jay Dooley. She was released after posting a $2,000 bond.
Toogood, 25, had been out on bond after pleading innocent to felony battery of a child.
Hawaii congresswoman dies of viral pneumonia
HONOLULU -- Rep. Patsy Mink, a fierce liberal who co-authored landmark gender equity legislation, died Saturday. She was 74.
The Hawaii Democrat died at Straub Clinic and Hospital, where she had been treated since Aug. 30 for viral pneumonia stemming from chickenpox, said her spokesman, Andy Winer.
Mink had been a member of the House for 24 years over two different stretches. She won re-election two years ago by a nearly two-to-one margin, and had been considered a sure winner in the Nov. 5 general election.
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