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Bounce houses cushion bear's fall from tree

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) -- When a black bear climbed a tree in a central Arkansas city and refused to come down, authorities turned to unconventional rescue tools: bounce houses.

Conway police spokeswoman La Tresha Woodruff said Tuesday that Foster the Bear is named for the residential street where he holed up in a tree, straddled a branch and wouldn't budge.

She said officials shot Foster with tranquilizer darts late Monday, causing him to fall asleep. They inflated two bounce houses -- usually reserved for children's parties -- beneath the tree. And then firefighters let loose with water from a fire hose, knocking the bear from his perch.

The edge of the inflatable houses broke Foster's fall.

Woodruff said Foster wasn't hurt. Wildlife officials plan to release him back into the wild.



Princeton to suspend freshmen for frat rush

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Princeton University said Tuesday that any freshman who joins, rushes or pledges a fraternity or sorority starting this fall will face suspension.

The Ivy League school also said any students who solicit the participation of freshmen in Greek organizations will face the same punishment.

Princeton had announced last year it would ban first-year students from Greek activities starting in fall 2012. But it was left to a committee to decide how to enforce compliance.

President Shirley Tilghman announced this week she had adopted the committee's report. It includes a recommendation that leniency be considered for violators who are "extraordinarily forthcoming."

Greek organizations are not recognized by Princeton.



Vegas Strip will get renewed Sahara casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The owners of the shuttered Sahara casino on the Las Vegas Strip said Tuesday they've secured $300 million in funding to redevelop the iconic resort that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Developer SBE and real estate firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC said they plan to open the property in 2014 under the name SLS Las Vegas.

Owners said the resort will bring 1,600 guest rooms and suites, restaurants and nightlife to the Strip's north end.

SBE CEO Sam Nazarian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the three existing hotel towers will remain, but two will be "stripped down to their skeletons." The Sahara closed last May after operating 59 years.