WASHINGTON

Tougher policy for agents

Seeking to restore its reputation tarnished by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or taking foreigners to their hotel rooms. The new behavior policies apply to Secret Service agents even when they are off duty, barring them from drinking alcohol within 10 hours of working, according to three people briefed on the changes who agreed to discuss the rules on condition of anonymity.

ST. LOUIS

‘Girls’ verdict challenged

The company that makes Girls Gone Wild DVDs is seeking to overturn a verdict awarding nearly $6 million to a woman who claims her bare breasts were recorded without permission. St. Louis Circuit Judge John Garvey last month sided with Tamara Favazza in her suit against Mantra Films Inc. and MRA Holdings LLC, awarding her $5.77 million. She was a 20-year-old college student in 2005 when someone lifted her tank top during a party that was being filmed at a St. Louis bar.

EADS, COLO.

Twisters destroy homes

At least seven homes and a hog farm were destroyed early Friday after authorities said rare nighttime tornadoes ripped through sparsely populated counties on the southeastern Colorado plains. State officials said no deaths were reported and only minor injuries were reported in Prowers, Kiowa and Bent counties. Preliminary findings indicated five tornadoes touched down.

NORTH BEND, WASH.

Police surround bunker

Authorities on Friday surrounded an elaborate, underground bunker believed to be that of a gun-toting survivalist suspected of killing his wife and daughter nearly a week ago and then holing up in the woods of Washington state. They pumped gas into the structure in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle and saw movement inside, but the dozens of officers were not entering the bunker because they believed its occupant was heavily armed, and that it might be booby-trapped.

Compiled from wire reports.