Divers look for toddler in river

GARY, Ind. - Rescuers searched a river Thursday for a 2-year-old girl who flew out the window of her mother's SUV and plunged 40 feet into the water after her mother lost control of the vehicle.

Divers looked for Jatama Greene in the Grand Calumet River in an industrial area near the Chicago/Gary Airport, where the water was coated with moss, algae and debris.

The crash came as family members returned to Gary from a birthday party in Chicago, said the girl's aunt, Tiffany Mack.

Another driver said she saw the SUV strike a retaining wall of a toll-road ramp over the river and then roll over.

Army mechanic acquitted of desertion

FORT STEWART - An Army mechanic who refused to go to Iraq while he sought conscientious objector status was acquitted of desertion but found guilty of a lesser charge during a court-martial Thursday.

Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 40, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on the charge of missing movement. He also was given a dishonorable discharge from the military and a reduction in rank to private.

About 300 fall ill from heat at Scout Jamboree

BOWLING GREEN, Va. - The Boy Scouts marched onto the field singing, plopping down in the grass to wait for President Bush. But hours later, the news that Bush couldn't make it was drowned out by sirens and shouts as hundreds fell ill because of the blistering heat.

About 300 people, most of them Scouts, suffered from dehydration, fatigue and lightheadedness Wednesday - just days after four Scout leaders were killed at the national Jamboree while pitching a tent beneath a power line.

Temperatures at Fort A.P. Hill reached the upper 90s.

Half of the 300 who fell ill were treated and released from the fort's hospital. Dozens more were sent to surrounding hospitals, where they were in stable condition Wednesday night, Jamboree spokesman Gregg Shields said.

House gives OK to CAFTA

WASHINGTON - President Bush insisted the small trade agreement with six Latin American nations would pay big dividends for security, stability and freedom in the Western Hemisphere. After persistent lobbying by the White House, Congress agreed.

It took visits from the president and vice president, and strenuous arm-twisting from Republican leaders, before the House passed the Central American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday by a two-vote margin, 217-215.

- From wire reports