Polygamist kids start heading to foster care homes
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Kept in a west Texas coliseum for two weeks, the first of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist compound boarded buses Tuesday bound for group homes and other faraway foster care facilities.
As the buses rolled out, adult members of the sect filed through an unmarked building on a courthouse square in nearby Eldorado for the second day of DNA testing meant to map the tangled family trees that authorities came across while investigating a teenage girl's allegation of abuse by her much older husband.
Lawyers inside the coliseum who were meeting with their adult or child clients said state Children's Protective Services workers installed tight security, allowing no one in or out while the children, 114 of them by day's end, were loaded onto the buses.
US Army engineer charged with giving secrets to Israel
NEW YORK - An 85-year-old former U.S. Army mechanical engineer was arrested Tuesday on charges he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate who also received information from convicted Pentagon spy Jonathan Pollard, authorities announced.
Ben-ami Kadish was charged in U.S. District Court in Manhattan with four counts of conspiracy, including allegations that he disclosed U.S. national defense documents to Israel and acted as an agent of the Israeli government.
Prosecutors say Kadish, a U.S. citizen who worked at an Army base in New Jersey, took home classified documents for six years and let the Israeli photograph them in his basement. Those documents included information about nuclear weapons, a modified version of an F-15 fighter jet, and the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system.
Pregnant teller shot during Ind. robbery
INDIANAPOLIS - A bank teller pregnant with twins was shot in the stomach during a robbery Tuesday morning, and police were questioning two teenagers as 'persons of interest.'
Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamell said the teller, who is five months pregnant, was in serious to critical condition but was alert when taken to a hospital.
Bush: US should not scrap NAFTA
NEW ORLEANS - President Bush chastised lawmakers on Tuesday for letting international trade deals falter in Congress and criticized Democratic presidential contenders for wanting to scrap or amend the vast North American free-trade zone.
At the close of a two-day summit, Bush, along with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, stood solidly behind the North American Free Trade Agreement. Under NAFTA, trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico has swelled from roughly $290 billion in 1994 to an estimated $1 trillion by the end of this year.
'Now is not the time to renegotiate NAFTA or walk away from NAFTA,' Bush said. 'Now is the time to make it work better for all our people. And now is the time to reduce trade barriers worldwide.'
Olympic ice dancer drugged with GHB
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Former Olympic ice dancer Pasha Grishuk was drugged with GHB, a common date rape drug, during a business meeting at a ritzy Orange County hotel, a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.
Grishuk, who won Olympic gold medals for Russia in ice dancing in 1994 and 1998, was attending a business meeting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on April 12 when she began to feel ill and numb, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
While eating dinner, she spotted a partially dissolved pill in the bottom of her drink. Investigators later found another dissolved pill in the bottom of a drink she ordered in the hotel's lounge.
Fla. woman finds alligator in kitchen
OLDSMAR, Fla. - And some people get jittery about mice in the kitchen.
Authorities say 69-year-old central Florida woman found an 8-foot long alligator prowling in her kitchen late Monday night.
Sandra Frosti says the gator must have pushed through the back porch screen door and then went inside through an open sliding glass door at her home in Oldsmar, just north of Tampa. It then apparently strolled through the living room, down a hall and into the kitchen.
Postal worker saves baby falling from 2nd-story window
ALBANY, N.Y. - A postal worker is credited with saving a 1-year-old girl by catching her after she fell out of a second-story window in Albany, N.Y.
Lisa Harrell was delivering mail to a home Monday morning when she noticed a baby in an open window above the front door. Harrell says the next thing she knew, the baby fell into her arms.
When the baby's mother realized what happened, she ran outside and grabbed the girl. The woman thanked Harrell and then ran to her mother's house.