RYE HARBOR, N.H.

Rare blue whales spotted

A rare sighting of two blue whales has been made in New England. Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conversation co-founder Dianna Schulte said she was working aboard the Granite State off the coast of Rye Harbor, N.H., on Friday when she spotted the whales. The group’s executive director, Jen Kennedy, said a blue whale might be seen every five to 10 years so spotting two whales together is “simply unheard of.” Blue whales are the largest mammals on Earth and can be up to 100 feet long.

NEW ORLEANS

Agencies won’t fight removal

Two federal agencies say they won’t try to block the city of New Orleans’ attempt to remove a monument to an 1874 white supremacist revolt against Louisiana’s federally backed post-Civil War government. In court papers filed Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation say they have “no further legal or programmatic interest” in preserving the monument. Both asked to be dismissed from the lawsuit brought by people who don’t want the city to remove that and three other monuments. In December, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove the obelisk commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place, as well as statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J.

Son held in parents’ deaths

Authorities say a man fatally beat his parents with his hands and an object inside the family’s New Jersey home. But a motive for the attack in West Deptford, a suburb of Philadelphia, remains under investigation. Prosecutors say a relative found Edward Coles Jr., 58, and his wife, Rosemarie, 55, late Friday morning. The relative had gone to the home because he couldn’t reach the couple by phone. The couple’s 28-year-old son, Ryan, was in the home when police arrived. He was taken to a hospital on Friday for an evaluation and was moved to jail Saturday.

MIAMI

Large sinkhole snarls traffic

A sinkhole two lanes wide opened up on the southbound side of Florida’s Turnpike near Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade on Saturday. The sinkhole brought traffic to a standstill on the Turnpike, closing lanes and two exits. The Florida Highway Patrol said it was assessing the sinkhole and that traffic was being diverted.

Compiled from wire reports