Vermont Teacher in Hot Seat

Over Jabs at Bush in Quiz

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- A high school teacher is facing questions from administrators after giving a vocabulary quiz that included digs at President Bush and Republicans in general.

Bret Chenkin, who teaches social studies and English at Mount Anthony Union High School, said he gave the quiz to his students several months ago. The quiz asked students to pick the proper words to complete sentences.

One example: "I wish Bush would be (coherent, eschewed) for once during a speech, but there are theories that his everyday diction charms the below-average mind, hence insuring him Republican votes." "Coherent" is the right answer.

Principal Sue Maguire said she hopes to speak to anyone who complained about the quiz and students who might be concerned. She said she will also talk to Chenkin.

Dying Bear Takes Two Bites

Out of Pa. Hunter Who Shot It

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A black bear bit and clawed a hunter who had just shot it four times, in what game authorities said appeared to be a first for the state.

Samuel H. Beauchamp, 47, said he was approaching the downed 320-pound bear in Rothrock State Forest in central Pennsylvania on Monday, the first day of bear-hunting season, when it came after him.

Beauchamp, of Newville, Pa., had just shot the bear with a .444-caliber rifle and was within 15 feet of it. He turned to run, but the bear put a claw around his hip and bit him twice, once in each thigh, before dying.

* DENVER -- A man accused of killing a Denver police officer can be extradited to the United States, the Consulate General of Mexico said. Raul Gomez-Garcia was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Detective Donald Young and the wounding of Detective John H. Bishop in May while the men were working off-duty as security for a party. He has been jailed in Mexico since he was captured there in June.

* HIALEAH, Fla. -- A federal judge has awarded $60.9 million to a couple whose son suffered severe brain damage when he was born in a Navy hospital two years ago. The award is believed to be the largest ever under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue the federal government for negligence by its employees. Raiza Bravo and Oscar Rodriguez, a Navy serviceman, said doctors waited too long to perform a Caesarean section to deliver their son at the Mayport Naval Station obstetric clinic. Kevin, now 2, cannot see, speak or swallow.

* CLEVELAND -- Federal authorities arrested an Islamic religious leader Friday as they began the process of deporting him for lying about ties to terrorist groups. Imam Fawaz Damra, 44, the spiritual leader of Ohio's largest mosque, was convicted in June 2004 of concealing ties to three groups that the U.S. government classifies as terrorist organizations when he applied for U.S. citizenship. That conviction was upheld in March, clearing the way for deportation proceedings to begin.

-- From News Services