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As Zeta fizzles, 2005 hurricane season ends

Florida

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Zeta fell apart yesterday in the open Atlantic, finally bringing the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season to an end. Zeta, which was never a threat to land, set one last record before strong wind shear and dry air robbed it of its wind speed and other characteristics of a tropical system: No named storm ever endured so long into January. Hurricane Alice in 1955 was the only other Atlantic storm to greet a new year. Zeta was the last and 27th named storm of the season, which officially ended Nov. 30. The season had 14 hurricanes. (AP)

Virginia

Boy Scout jamboree deaths ruled accidental
RICHMOND -- The electrocution deaths of four Boy Scout leaders at the National Scout Jamboree last summer were accidental, an Army spokesman said yesterday. ''We'll be closing the case as an accidental death case," said Chris Grey of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. The four men were electrocuted July 25, 2005, as they put up a dining tent near a power line during the gathering at Fort A. P. Hill. The 10-day Jamboree is held every four years and draws more than 40,000 Scouting enthusiasts from around the world. (AP)

Washington, D.C.

High court to set rules for warrantless entry
The Supreme Court said yesterday that it would clarify when police can enter a home without a search warrant, in a case involving Utah officers who watched a fight through a window. Justices will consider officers' handling of an early morning complaint in Brigham City about a loud party. The officers peered through a door and windows and saw four adults restraining a juvenile, who then broke free and punched one of the adults in the face. The officers entered and arrested the adults, who were charged with intoxication, disorderly conduct, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A judge threw out the charges, on the grounds that the police entered without a search warrant. (AP)

Foot problem forces Cheney to use a cane
A foot ailment forced Vice President Dick Cheney to use a cane yesterday, but it didn't affect his sense of humor. ''I'm a little hobbled-up today," Cheney told workers at a Harley-Davidson factory in Kansas City, Mo., where he was highlighting upturns in the economy. ''I don't usually carry a cane, but [Defense Secretary] Don Rumsfeld has been chewing on my ankles." Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman who is traveling with the vice president, said he was experiencing a recurrence of a ''preexisting foot condition." She didn't disclose further details about the problem. (AP)

Mississippi

16 dolphins displaced by Katrina are moved
GULFPORT -- Sixteen dolphins from a marine park that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina -- including several that were swept into the Gulf of Mexico and later rescued -- have been moved to a resort in the Bahamas. The dolphins, which have been housed at temporary locations around the country, were transported to Mobile, Ala., and loaded onto an airplane for the final stage of their trip, officials said. (AP)

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