Washington, D.C.

U.S. military personnel held by Libyan officials

The State Department said Friday night that the Libyan government is holding four U.S. military personnel.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that officials in the U.S. are in touch with Libyan officials to ensure the Americans' release.

south carolina

Police: Ceramic squirrel used in attack on man

Authorities said a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office said in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

Deputies said the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

Williams was in jail Friday and charged with criminal domestic violence.

Washington

Judge strikes down part of minimum wage hike

A state judge struck down part of the voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage measure for airport workers in SeaTac.

King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas said the measure applies to about 1,600 hotel and parking lot workers in the city of SeaTac, but does not apply to employees and contractors working in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is operated by the Port of Seattle.

In other news

A judge has denied bail for a white Houston-area man charged with a federal hate crime for allegedly sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game" attack.

Associated Press