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Hearse used for JFK auctioned at $160,000

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A white hearse used to transport President John F. Kennedy's body following his assassination in Dallas has sold at auction here for $160,000.

The Cadillac carried the bronze casket containing JFK's body on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Dallas Love Field Airport, from which the body was flown to Washington.

Kennedy's widow, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, accompanied the casket in the hearse wearing her blood-spattered pink Chanel suit.

Stephen Tebo, a collector and real estate developer from Boulder, Colo., bought the 1964 Cadillac at auction here Saturday with a bid of $160,000 plus a $16,000 buyer's commission, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Tebo owns several hundred classic cars.



Idaho man denies guilt in White House shots

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Idaho man accused of firing shots at the White House pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he tried to assassinate President Obama.

A lawyer for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez entered the plea on his client's behalf during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court here. Ortega did not say anything during the proceedings and will remain held without bond. He has another court date next month.

Prosecutors say Ortega used an assault rifle with scope to fire a series of shots at the White House from long range on the night of Nov. 11. The president and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, were out of town at the time. In the months before the shooting, investigators say, he had had become obsessed with Obama, referred to him as the Antichrist and told at least one person that he planned to "take care of" the president.

If convicted, Ortega could face up to life in prison.



2 admit buying guns in smuggling fiasco

PHOENIX -- Two men pleaded guilty to buying guns that were destined to be smuggled into Mexico, the first convictions in the federal government's botched Operation Fast and Furious.

The men were so-called "straw buyers" who acknowledged purchasing guns that they knew were headed to Mexican drug gangs.

The goal of the federal government's investigation was to catch weapons-trafficking kingpins, but firearms agents lost track of many weapons they were trying to trace to smuggling ringleaders, and some guns ended up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.

Jacob Wayne Chambers and Jacob Anthony Montelongo each pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a conspiracy charge. Montelongo also pleaded guilty to dealing guns without a license.

The pair admitted being part of a 20-person smuggling ring that is accused of running guns into Mexico for use by the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The investigation is the focus of an inquiry by congressional Republicans.