PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — An end to winter’s bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog. After a recent stretch of weather that’s included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday but didn’t see his shadow. Legend has it that if the rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early.
Thousands mourn death of Bush’s dog
DALLAS — Thousands have offered their condolences via Facebook over the death of Barney, President George W. Bush’s beloved black Scottish terrier. Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement Friday saying their famous 12-year-old pooch had died after suffering from lymphatic cancer. ‘‘Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,’’ Bush said. ‘‘He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.’’
Teen threw child, 9, off roof, police say
NEW YORK — A Bronx teenager has been arrested and accused of tossing a 9-year-old boy off the roof of a five-story building. The victim was discovered late Friday lying unconscious near the building. He was in critical condition at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Carmine Aska, 17, was arrested Saturday and accused of attempted murder.
Mistakenly freed killer is recaptured
CHICAGO — Two days after a stunning series of errors allowed a convicted murderer to walk out of a Chicago jail where he did not need to be in the first place, police recaptured the man at a northern Illinois home where he was found watching TV. Steven L. Robbins, 44, put up no resistance Friday night as police burst through the door of a townhome in Kankakee, said Cook County sheriff’s office spokesman Frank Bilecki.