CALIFORNIA

Stowaway's mother: 'Told that I was dead'

The Somalian mother of a teen stowaway who survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the plane's wheel well said in a radio interview from a refugee camp in Ethiopia that she had not been able to speak to her son for years before his risky adventure. The boy told investigators he wanted to go to Africa to see his mother, CNN reported. Ubah Mohamed Abdulle told Voice of America that she was divorced from the boy's father, who lives in Santa Clara with the teen and two siblings. "They were even told that I was dead, but . . . recently found out that I was alive," she said. "I was told that he did this because of me." - Reuters

NORTH CAROLINA

Accused in poisoning

A North Carolina teenager tried to kill her grandmother by dumping insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens, authorities said. Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said Friday that Tyt'ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson, 17, of Fayetteville was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. A friend of the grandmother's also ate the greens. Both were treated at a hospital and released. - AP

NEW YORK

Two breeds join pack

The Westminster Kennel Club has invited the wire-haired visla and the coton de tulear to compete for the first time in the show in February. - AP