ALASKA: An Eagle River woman has been charged with sexually assaulting an Air Force airman.
The Anchorage Daily News reports 40-year-old Lagina Griffiths has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and coercion.
Police say the airman and Griffiths met at an Anchorage bar and she took him home with her.
Sgt. Ken McCoy says the airman fell asleep and woke up to sex acts taking place.
Police say she contacted him two days later and made coercive threats, and strongly suggested they meet to discuss her demands. Police say more threats were made at the meeting.
The airman reported the incidents to base officials, who contacted police.
Griffiths is being held without bail, and had an Anchorage jail court appearance scheduled for later Thursday.
Dad used girl, 5, as shield from mom's knife
New Orleans, US: Police said a five-year-old girl's back was gashed and both of her ankles cut when her father used her as a shield from her mother's knife attack.
According to the Kenner Police Department's arrest report, the wound in her back needed 22 staples and her ankles needed a total of 11 stitches - seven in the left and four in the right.
The Times-Picayune reported Kenisha Caples, 25, and Maurice Sparkman, 44, were arrested Sunday, a day after their fight.
Arrest records showed Caples was booked with two counts of aggravated battery and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.
Sparkman is charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and domestic abuse battery.
Man tried to take 27 snakes on plane
Authorities say a Brazilian man tried to take 27 snakes he bought at a breeder's expo onto his flight to San Paulo.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Mateus Dal Maso was stopped Wednesday as he tried to board the plane at Orlando International Airport.
Authorities say Dal Maso wrapped the snakes in nylon stockings and hid them inside stereo speakers in his luggage. The reptiles were spotted by screeners.
Officials say he bought the snakes in Daytona Beach.
The Sentinel reports that Dal Maso at first denied having anything other than electronics inside his bag. But he later admitted to federal authorities that the snakes were in the bag.
The newspaper says he was found guilty of exporting illegal merchandise. He was fined $6,000.
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