King's widow hospitalized

ATLANTA - Coretta Scott King was admitted to a hospital for an unspecified condition Tuesday and was in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

King, 78, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., went to an emergency room Tuesday morning. Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis would not elaborate on the reason for the hospitalization, but said King will spend the night at the hospital for observation.

Residents seek limits on protests near Bush ranch

WACO, Texas - Some of President Bush's neighbors asked county leaders Tuesday to prevent large gatherings near his Crawford ranch like the ongoing anti-war protest led by a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.

Several residents have complained of blocked roads and traffic jams in the last week since dozens of people joined Cindy Sheehan's protest by pitching tents off the winding, two-lane road leading to the ranch.

Ex-Klansman's relative accused of making threat

JACKSON, Miss. - One of Edgar Ray Killen's relatives threatened to kill the judge before Killen stood trial in June in the 1964 slayings of three civil-rights workers, officials allege in new court papers.

Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers late Monday asking the state Supreme Court to revoke the $600,000 bond that Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon granted Killen last Friday. Hood said Gordon was the target of the alleged threat.

Killen, a preacher and one-time Ku Klux Klan leader, has been free since a few hours after the bond was granted. Killen is 80 and ailing, and the granting of bond pending his appeal could mean that he spends no more time in prison before he dies.

Firefighters battle 49,000-acre blaze

POMEROY, Wash. - Fire crews are contending with summer heat and rough terrain as they fight to encircle a 49,000-acre wildfire, the largest in the lower 48 states.

The fire in southeastern Washington has destroyed more than 100 homes and more than 100 outbuildings about 15 miles south of Pomeroy. It was second in size only to an 82,000-acre blaze in Alaska.

Officials estimated the blaze was 75 percent contained Monday but could not say when it might be brought under control.

- From wire reports