TENNESSEE

A scary find while hunting Easter eggs

A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her backyard with her 3-year-old son: a dead man.

Tara Hanouskova said she had noticed a foul smell but didn't find the source until Wednesday, when she noticed tennis shoes in the crawl space under her deck while hunting for eggs with her son. Her son didn't notice the man's body, and police investigated discreetly, she said.

She said she doesn't know how the man got there.

A Knoxville Police Department spokesman told media outlets that the man had been dead about two weeks.

The death will be listed as natural causes unless something different is found in the autopsy report, he said. Meanwhile, police are still trying to determine who the man is and why he was under the deck. - AP

WASHINGTON

More comment time

The State Department is extending the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 elections. President Obama said he will make a final decision on whether to allow the pipeline connecting Canada's oil sands region to Texas refiners, and several government agencies had been given until May to weigh in. No new date was set.

- Reuters

RHODE ISLAND

No graduation selfies

Bryant University is asking students to resist taking selfies with its president while getting their diplomas May 17. President Ronald Machtley says students ask him to take selfies on the Smithfield campus all the time. But he says having more than 800 students snap photos with him as they get their degrees will slow down the already hours-long ceremony. - AP