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California contestant wins Miss USA crown

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 21-year-old auburn-haired California girl has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year's Miss Universe pageant.

Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles topped a field of 51 beauty queens to take the title Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Campanella won after strutting across the stage in a blue bikini with white polka dots and a dark turquoise evening gown with beading on its top.

She also answered a question about legalizing marijuana by saying she didn't think it should be fully legalized but it should be available to those who need it for medical purposes.

Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham was the first runner-up. Contestants from Alabama and Texas placed third and fourth.

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No bomb found aboard plane following threat

WASHINGTON (AP) -- No explosives were found aboard a plane that landed in Washington after someone made a bomb threat at an airport ticket counter Sunday in Ohio, an FBI spokesman said.

Andrew Ames said the plane was given the all-clear and no hazards were found. The plane landed at Reagan National Airport Sunday afternoon. When it landed, authorities swept the plane for explosives and interviewed the 44 passengers aboard. The person who made the threat at the Dayton airport was taken into custody.

The threat closed the airport for about 20 minutes Sunday.

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Woman gives birth to sextuplets

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It's a big Father's Day for an Alabama man whose wife gave birth to sextuplets.

More than 50 medical professionals helped deliver the six babies born Saturday to Heather and Mitchell Carroll at the Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham.

The five girls and one boy, born after 28 weeks in the womb, ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 5 ounces.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Carroll is proudly wearing six ID bracelets -- three pink and one blue on one arm and two pink ones on the other -- that allow him to visit his newborns.

-- News wire services

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