LOCKPORT, LA.

Four dead following rampage

A nurse embroiled in a custody fight with his ex-wife killed his current wife before shooting his former in-laws and his onetime boss in a rampage that spanned two parishes in Louisiana, leaving three people dead and three wounded. He then fatally shot himself in the head, authorities said. All three survivors remained hospitalized Friday, two in critical condition. Authorities identified the shooter as Ben Freeman, 38.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.

Ceramics used in stabbing

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 Helen Williams told them early Wednesday that 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.

DENVER

1st marijuana licenses issued

The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they’d see the day when they’d get a permit to sell pot. The city awarded 14 licenses for retail shops, 17 licenses for pot growers and three licenses for makers of cannabis-infused products such as pot brownies.

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIF.

Driver survives cliff plunge

A driver who plunged 300 feet off of a Southern California ocean cliff was rescued early Friday after firefighters waded into the surf to free him from the car. KNBC-TV said the 19-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition and told paramedics that he intentionally drove of the cliff in the Bluff Cove area of Palos Verdes Estates.

Compiled from wire reports.