National Briefs


Anchorwoman who was in ‘W' found stabbed

A popular local TV anchorwoman who had a small part in the Bush biopic “W” was in critical condition Monday after being stabbed and beaten in her home, and police said they are investigating possible motives.

KATV anchor Anne Pressly, 26, was found about 4:30a.m. Monday by her mother, Little Rock police spokesman Cassandra Davis said.

Davis said Pressly's purse was gone and robbery was among the possible motives being explored.

Pressly was found unresponsive in her bed. Davis said Pressly had been beaten and stabbed severely and was in critical condition.

Pressly appeared briefly in Oliver Stone's new movie about President Bush that opened over the weekend.

She portrays a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush's “Mission Accomplished” event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war. She won the role after being noticed by the casting director when she went to Shreveport, La., where the movie was filmed, to work on a story about it and the city's film industry. Associated Press

Nebraska Lincoln

Nebraska's governor and a majority of its legislators have agreed to change the state's unique safe-haven law so it applies only to infants up to 3 days old.

The deal is an effort to prevent more drop-offs of older children and teenagers at hospitals.

Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood said Monday that 40 of the state's 49 senators have agreed to the age limit.

At least 18 children, ages 22 months to 17 years, have been abandoned since the law took effect in July. The drop-offs included children from other states.

Lawmakers plan to take up the issue in January. Associated Press


Mexico plans to deport Cubans headed to U.S.

Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route.

The agreement signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa also criticized U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea.

The Department of Homeland Security said 11,126 used the Mexico route last year, compared with just 1,055 who landed in the Miami area. Associated Press


A Dutch government investigation has found that a Russian cluster bomb killed a television cameraman in Georgia in August, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Russia denied using cluster munitions during its brief war with Georgia in August, but human rights groups say both sides used the widely denounced weapons.

Dutchman Stan Storimans, 39, died while filming the fighting in Gori, Georgia, during the conflict over the breakaway province of South Ossetia. A Dutch investigative team concluded Storimans was killed by a munition “propelled by a type of rocket that is only found in Russia's military arsenal,” the Foreign Ministry said. Associated Press