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Obama campaign site damaged in attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police said Friday they are investigating what appears to be a politically motivated attack on a campaign office for President Obama in Los Angeles, only days before he's scheduled to arrive in Southern California.

Several campaign staffers were in a room at the back of the office Thursday night when they heard the sound of smashing glass at the front and side of the building, said police Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

They found three front-door windows and a side glass door had been smashed.

No rocks or projectiles were found, and police believe one or more attackers used a tire iron or something similar to break the glass, Smith said.

Detectives believed the attack was politically motivated because no other businesses in the usually low-crime area were targeted, Smith said. No threats were made before or after the attack.

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Mountain lion leaves boy, 10, with a tale

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A 10-year-old Idaho boy who came face-to-face with a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches -- and concerns that his friends at school wouldn't believe his story, according to state wildlife managers.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Friday the mountain lion was tracked down and killed after the encounter late Thursday. The unidentified boy received first aid at home for minor scratches. "His biggest concern was that his schoolmates wouldn't believe him, which is kind of funny," Senior Conservation Officers Matt O'Connell said.

The boy came across the animal while searching for a missing hunting dog with his father near their home in a rural subdivision.

The boy ran, but fell. The mountain lion took a swipe, scratching the boy's arm and hand. The child then pulled out a knife, which made the predator back down and gave the dad enough time to fire off warning shots. O'Connell said. He was later found feeding on the carcass of the family's missing hunting dog, O'Connell said.

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Deceased still received benefits, report warns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government has doled out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the past five years, a watchdog report says.

Such payments are meant for retired or disabled federal workers, but sometimes the checks keep going out even after the former employees pass away and the deaths are not reported, according to the report this week from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general, Patrick McFarland.

In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued receiving payments for 37 years after his father's death in 1971. The payments -- totaling more than $515,000 -- were only discovered when the son died in 2008.

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