Civil rights leaders mark anniversary of King assassination

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - White-haired veterans of the sanitation workers' strike that brought the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis in 1968 marked the 40th anniversary Friday of his assassination by marching to the motel where he was cut down by a sniper's bullet.

'Dr. King was like Moses,' said Leslie Moore, 61, who was a sanitation worker in 1968 and is still on the job more than a generation later. 'God gave Moses the assignment to lead the children of Israel across the Red Sea. He sent Dr. King here to lead us to a better way.'

The morning rally - which included a dozen or so of the original strikers, along with hundreds of other people, mostly members of AFSCME, the public employees union - was one of two marches to the Lorraine Motel, once a blacks-only establishment in segregated Memphis, now a civil rights museum.

Texas authorities remove kids from polygamist retreat

ELDORADO, Texas - Child welfare officials and state troopers Friday removed a busload of children from a secretive religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs following a complaint.

The small white bus that drove out of the compound accompanied by state troopers was filled with children being taken away from the retreat, said Marleigh Meisner, spokeswoman for Texas Child Protective Services. She could not immediately say how many.

The bus left the compound filled with what appeared to be mostly girls, dressed in conservative long-sleeve dresses.

Authorities entered the 1,700-acre retreat, built by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, late Thursday and served search and arrest warrants Friday. But by Friday afternoon, there were still no arrests.

Government sues Fox to collect fines for indecency

WASHINGTON -In an unusual move, the Justice Department sued Fox Broadcasting Co. and another broadcaster Friday to collect $56,000 in fines for the broadcast of a raunchy reality show in 2003 that included scenes from bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Fox's 'Married by America' included the 'thrusting of a male stripper's crotch into a woman's face' in one show in addition to other scenes the agency found objectionable, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

In October of 2004, the FCC issued a $7,000 fine against 169 Fox-affiliated stations totaling $1.2 million.

Woman takes boa from pet store by putting it in pants

LANSING, Mich. - A woman stole a boa constrictor from a pet store by slipping the snake down her pants, the owner said.

The animal was stolen Thursday afternoon from Preuss Animal House in Lansing.

'I am far less concerned for the person than for the snake,' owner Rick Preuss said. The 20-inch snake was worth $174.

Jayzun Boget, assistant manager of Preuss' reptile department, called the heist 'audacious.'

Town mourns dead from house fire

BROCKWAY, Pa. - With his house ablaze in the middle of the night, 11-year-old James Peterson rushed through the home to rouse the rest of his family from bed before going to a neighbor to ask for help.

Except for his 20-year-old sister, Elizabeth, who also escaped, James would never see those inside the house again.

Nine members of the Peterson family were among the 10 who died in the blaze that swept quickly through the two-story home in this small western Pennsylvania community. James' father was at work at the time.

One suspect pleads guilty in series of Phoenix shootings

PHOENIX - One of two suspects charged in a series of random shootings that killed seven people in the Phoenix area pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of first-degree murder.

Samuel Dieteman also agreed to testify against his co-defendant, a move that may keep him from being executed.

Authorities say Dieteman, 32, and his former roommate Dale Hausner, 35, randomly shot and killed seven people, wounded 17 more and killed several animals.