COMPTON, CALIF.

Baby found buried near river

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials asked for the public’s help Saturday in gaining information about a newborn baby deputies rescued after finding her buried beside a popular Compton bike path. The girl was believed to be only 24 to 36 hours old when she was found Friday near a creek that flows into the Los Angeles River, said Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Sheriff’s Department’s special victim unit. He said she was listed in stable condition on Saturday. Jaramilla said two deputies found the girl around 4 p.m. after people on the bike path heard her cries and called authorities. The newborn was “buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path,” the sheriff’s sergeant said.

ALBANY, N.Y.

Corruption museum planned

A resident of New York’s capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany’s most abundant renewable resources: political corruption. For a $12.50 or so “bribe,” visitors to the planned Museum of Political Corruption will get a tour of the state’s long history of crooked politicians, shady deals and backroom power brokers, as well as a chance to learn about individuals who have fought corruption and suggested solutions to the state’s chronic problem. The museum is the idea of Bruce Roter, a professor at Albany’s College of Saint Rose, who is now raising money for the museum, which he envisions as an educational institution and a tourist draw.

BILOXI, MISS.

Officials ID slain waitress

A Mississippi Waffle House waitress who was shot and killed after asking a customer not to smoke was a 52-year-old who spent some of her final moments asking patrons how they enjoyed their Thanksgiving, authorities and witnesses said. Julia Brightwell of Biloxi was killed with a bullet to the head, authorities said Saturday. Johnny Max Mount was jailed with bond set at $2 million and was charged with first-degree murder.

NEW YORK

AIDS activist finishes journey

A New Yorker who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for AIDS awareness has arrived home in Brooklyn, ending a 21-month journey. Victor Mooney arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Friday and plans a ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, he said Saturday. The 49-year-old rows in memory of his brother who died of AIDS in 1983.

Compiled from wire reports