Obama phones other leadersWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama telephoned the leaders of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Argentina on Friday to discuss working together on the world’s economic crisis, among other issues. Obama will see three of those leaders — from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Argentia — at the Group of 20 economic summit next month in London.
Phony data foil securityWASHINGTON — Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a report released Friday. ACCIDENT
Subway train hits, kills manWASHINGTON — A man came off the platform at the downtown McPherson Square station near the White House on Friday afternoon and was killed by a subway train, authorities said. The man suffered traumatic injuries. TOURISM
Study criticizes Yosemite hotelFRESNO, Calif. — A study by Yosemite National Park says its landmark Ahwahnee Hotel doesn’t meet modern safety standards and might not hold up in a major earthquake. The park says the remodeling could cost $20 million and close the hotel for two years. The White House is reviewing whether the hotel retrofit should be funded through the stimulus package. GREETINGS
Card takes 47-year tripHUDSON, Ohio — A woman’s postcard bearing greetings from Montana has finally arrived in northeastern Ohio — 47 years later. Insurance agent Dave Conn opened his post office box in Hudson and found the mailing sent from Helena, Mont., in 1962. U.S. Postal Service spokesman Victor Dubina said Friday the postcard may have been stuck in equipment or lost behind a mail chute. ANIMALS
Zoo welcomes baby elephantESCONDIDO, Calif. — An African elephant has been born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. Zoo spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said the male calf born early Friday is doing great and is nursing frequently from his mother, Umngani.
Condor suffers from gunshotLOS ANGELES — A California condor brought to the Los Angeles Zoo for treatment of lead poisoning was found to have shotgun pellets embedded in its body. Zoo officials said Friday an X-ray revealed the shotgun pellets. The bird was captured March 4. From Wire Services