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Indianapolis Zoo welcomes new Amur tiger cub

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A rare Amur tiger has been born at the Indianapolis Zoo.

The zoo announced Tuesday on International Tiger Day that the cub was born July 10. The baby cat is healthy, although zoo officials say it and its mother, 6-year-old Andrea, will remain in a private indoor area for several weeks to protect the health of the newborn. Amur cubs are born blind.

The unnamed cub is Andrea's first. The cub's gender is unknown.

The Amur tiger is one of the largest cat species and appears in folklore of western and central Asia. They once numbered in the tens of thousands, but fewer than 500 are now believed to survive in the wild.

The cub's arrival brings the number of Amur tigers at the Indianapolis Zoo to four.


Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana Fair

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.

The fair says customers will be limited to three beers or three glasses of wine apiece. They also can sample products as long as they don't have more than 36 ounces of beer or 15 ounces of wine.

Spokesman Andy Klotz says the fair wants some controls in place so people are limited in their drinking while they're at the fairgrounds on Indianapolis' north side.

The drinks will be served at the Grand Hall across the street from the Coliseum. People must be at least 21 to enter and the drinks must stay inside. The featured Indiana breweries and wineries will change daily.


Motorcycle doing wheelie dies in Fort Wayne crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Fort Wayne police say a speeding motorcyclist doing a wheelie has died in a fiery crash with a pickup truck.

Police say the truck was turning left into the path of the motorcycle when the smaller vehicle struck the truck's fuel tank and ignited it. The motorcycle broke into several pieces upon impact and the truck was destroyed.

Medics declared the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the crash that occurred about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. He was not wearing a helmet. His name was not immediately released.

Police say two men riding in the truck escaped injury.

A wheelie is a stunt in which the front wheel is lifted into the air and the motorcycle travels on just its rear wheel.


Pence wants immigrant children taken out of state

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is asking that more than 200 immigrant children placed in Indiana be deported and chiding President Barack Obama for not alerting him of the placements.

Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. The Obama administration is seeking friends and family members across the nation to take in thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated to the U.S. illegally.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed 245 children with Indiana families since the start of the year.

Pence said in his letter the children should be returned to family members outside the U.S. He also requested regular updates of when immigrant children are placed with families in Indiana.


Gay marriage supporters defend court ruling

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Attorneys trying to defend a federal ruling overturning Indiana's gay-marriage ban argue that marriage is more than just a state regulation - it's a fundamental right.

Attorneys for several same-sex couples who successfully challenged Indiana's ban on gay marriage filed a brief outlining their arguments Tuesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief also says 19 states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex couples to marry.

Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the appeals court combined the cases. The court has scheduled oral arguments in both states' appeals for Aug. 26.

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in both states after the bans were overturned and before stays were issued.


Fire at former Muncie piano factory was arson

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Muncie firefighters say a fire at an old warehouse that formerly served as a piano factory was intentionally set.

Chief investigator Rob Mead of the Muncie Fire Department say an investigation has eliminated accidental sources for the fire Saturday that burned out of control for hours and produced smoke visible for miles.

Mead tells The Star Press for a story Tuesday ( ) that the building had no utilities when the fire began and "all other possibilities of an accidental source were eliminated at the scene."

The fire the 19th century brick and heavy timber warehouse was reported at 6:43 a.m. and firefighters say they weren't able to bring it under control for more than three hours.

A neighbor reported hearing explosions inside the building.


Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution case

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana sheriff has been arrested in a prostitution investigation just weeks after a suburban Indianapolis sheriff resigned over his own relationship with a prostitute.

Authorities declined to say at a Tuesday news conference whether the cases are linked. But a person with knowledge of the connection told The Associated Press they involve the same woman. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the connection hasn't been made public.

Authorities wouldn't say if the woman is cooperating with law enforcement.

An indictment alleges Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden gave the woman a uniform so she could get a government discount at a Kentucky hotel and paid her $300 for a sex act.

Rodden denies the allegations.

Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell resigned in June amid a prostitution investigation.


Police investigating Lafayette toddler's homicide

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Lafayette Police Department says it's investigating the homicide of a toddler.

Police issued a statement Tuesday saying they continue to investigate the death of 14-month-old Skylar Foster last week.

The Marion County Coroner's office reported Monday that the cause of Skylar Foster's death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The girl's grandfather, Michael Yocum of Monticello, tells the Journal & Courier ( ) that Skylar's parents are no longer together and the child had been living with her mother and her boyfriend when she suffered the fatal injury.

Emergency responders called to a home July 21 found the girl wasn't breathing. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where life support was removed the following day.


2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge by a freight train that surprised them as they walked along the tracks.

Eric Powell with Indiana Railroad says the train engine's video camera recorded the incident earlier this month on a bridge near Bloomington.

He tells WTHR-TV ( ) the engineer of the 100-car coal train activated its emergency braking when he saw the women. He says the women had few choices because jumping from the tracks would have meant serious injuries, perhaps even death.

Indiana Railroad says the women, who somehow survived their ordeal, have been identified.

Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal says Indiana Railroad officials have turned over evidence to the county sheriff's department, which is still investigating the incident.

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