SEATTLE

6 Mount Rainier climbers missing

Six climbers were missing Saturday on Mount Rainier, and a helicopter search was launched for them, a National Parks spokeswoman said. The missing group included four clients of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International and two guides. They were due to return from the mountain on Friday. When they did not return, the climbing company notified park officials, Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said. Mount Rainier, southeast of Seattle, stands at 14,410 feet and attracts thousands of climbers trying to reach its summit every year.

MIAMI

Six detained in Honduras defended

U.S. men detained for weeks in Honduras were working on a project to aid local lobster divers, associates said Saturday, and they deny violating weapons laws by failing to declare a gun. The crew from Aqua Quest International has been held at a prison in Puerto Lempira in that Central American country since May 5, when Honduran police and Navy personnel raided their newly arrived 65-foot vessel and found a weapon, according to a news release from the shipwreck salvage and research company based in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

NEW ORLEANS

GOP endorses candidate in primary

In an unusual move, the Louisiana Republican Party endorsed congressman Bill Cassidy over other GOP challengers in the bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Louisiana Republican Chairman Roger Villere announced the endorsement Saturday at the national Republican Leadership Conference, telling about 1,500 delegates in New Orleans that the party had to act with control of the Senate at stake. Republicans need six more seats for a majority, and Landrieu is among four Democratic incumbents running in states where President Barack Obama lost in 2012 and remains unpopular.

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

Inmates’ psychiatric care criticized

California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official. The report filed in federal court Friday by special master Matthew Lopes found some patients were drugged instead of counseled, returned to prison too soon and rarely received one-on-one therapy. Overall, Lopes described a fractured, understaffed system in place at two state psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric hospitals run within four state prisons, the Los Angeles Times reported.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Insects take weather radar by storm

Weather officials in Albuquerque said a mysterious presence that showed up on its radar the last few nights has turned out to be of the insect variety. The National Weather Service says a swarm of grasshoppers were detected over Albuquerque’s West Mesa for the fourth night in a row on Friday. Meteorologist Chuck Jones says the swarm got caught up in winds heading southwest and is being carried as high as 1,000 feet. Jones says the grasshoppers likely hatched weeks ago and are now grown, leading to their ability to trigger radar images. Officials said last year’s monsoon season and a drier winter created the ideal environment for the grasshoppers to hatch. Technicians initially thought their equipment was malfunctioning when they saw several unexplained clusters.

Compiled from wire reports.