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First President Bush visits namesake ship

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush was performing ceremonial duties and posing for photos while visiting an aircraft carrier named for him off the Maine coast.

Bush and his wife, Barbara, along with their son former President George W. Bush and other family members flew by helicopter Sunday morning to the USS George H.W. Bush several miles off Kennebunkport, where the Bushes maintain a family compound.

The 1,092-foot ship is the newest carrier in the Navy fleet and is the only one whose namesake is alive.

Bush's visit to the ship comes two days before his 88th birthday.

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Dispute over loose bull leads to gunshots

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Hampshire man rammed another man's vehicle with his own and fired shots at the man's feet in a confrontation over who was responsible for allowing a bull to get loose.

Concord police say 28-year-old resident Brian Downs fired three shots: two into the ground at the other man's feet and one into the air.

Downs was arrested Saturday evening on two counts of reckless conduct and one count of criminal threatening. He is being held on $55,000 bail and to appear in court today.

It's not clear who owns the bull or what happened to it.