Judge says gas is a reason to cancel




SAN ANTONIO &

Gas prices seem to be affecting everyone's wheels &

even the wheels of justice.




A hearing that had been scheduled for Monday in a lawsuit over Texas' presidential primary and caucus system was canceled by a federal judge who mentioned high gasoline prices as one reason for his order.




U.S. District Judge Fred Biery noted in Friday's order that the state of Texas and the state Democratic Party had recently filed documents in the case, and that the plaintiffs would presumably want to respond to them.




Biery wrote that he would need time to review the "already voluminous" documents, and that there was no need for a hearing.




"Moreover, numerous gallons of $4 a gallon gasoline would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of the already written arguments," Biery wrote.




14 tons of spilled Oreos snarl traffic




MORRIS, Ill. &

Got milk?




Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos has overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway.




Illinois State Police Sgt. Brian Mahoney says the truck's driver was traveling from Chicago to Morris on Interstate 80 around 4 a.m. Monday when he fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into the median.




"The boxes came out of the trailer and boxes were ripped open," he said.




The crash about 50 miles southwest of Chicago remains under investigation.




Mahoney says no charges have been filed but both lanes of traffic remain closed while authorities remove the cookies.




"" The Associated Press




2 Colo. men exchange Taser shots over parked van




BOULDER, Colo. &

It wasn't exactly pistols at 30 paces, but police say a security company supervisor and a restaurateur shot each other with Tasers in a "bonehead" confrontation over parking.




Officers said neither man needed medical attention after the Saturday confrontation, but Harvey Epstein, co-owner of Mamacitas restaurant, was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and using a stun gun.




A police report said Epstein and Casey M. Dane, a supervisor for Colorado Security Services Inc., were arguing over a metal boot that one of Dane's guards had clamped on a wheel of a van parked behind Mamacitas.




Dane told police he was afraid Epstein was going to hit him with a 2-foot-long pair of bolt cutters. Epstein told police he had only tried to remove the boot with the bolt cutters and hadn't threatened anyone with them.




Epstein told police Dane put his hand on a holstered pistol and threatened to shoot him. Dane told The Associated Press by telephone that he did put his hand on the holstered pistol but never threatened to shoot Epstein.




Both men drew Tasers.




"They shot each other," Police Sgt. Pat Wyton told the Camera newspaper. "It was just kind of a bonehead deal."




The guard claimed the van, owned by a Mamacitas employee, was on property he was hired to patrol. The van owner denied that.




Epstein, 36, told the AP in a phone interview Sunday he took out his Taser only after Dane pointed his at him and his mother, who was also outside. Epstein also said Dane repeatedly told him he was a police officer and that failing to comply with his orders was a federal offense, allegations that Dane denies.