Climbers safe after night on Mount Hood

TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. - A pair of climbers who misjudged the weather on Mount Hood and got caught in whiteout conditions were brought to safety Tuesday after spending a night in a snow cave.

They said they didn't make it to the summit of the 11,239-foot mountain as they planned Monday because the weather closed in when they were at about 10,000 feet.

'We thought we had a window in the weather, but we were wrong,' said Justin Votos, 27. He and fellow climber Matthew Pitts, 28, are both from Portland.

Officials: Marine didn't feel unsafe

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - A 20-year-old pregnant Marine who disappeared in December told victims' advocates at Camp Lejeune that she didn't feel unsafe in the presence of the colleague now wanted in her death, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.

Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean never violated the military protective order directing him to stay away from Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, continued to report for work on time in the weeks after her disappearance and denied having any kind of sexual contact with her, said Col. Gary Sokoloski, a judge advocate general officer.

Explosion kills 1 at New Jersey plant

CARLSTADT, N.J. - An explosion at a metal casting plant killed one worker and injured nine others Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The accident occurred at Tec-Cast, an aluminum castings company in a pocket of industrial plants and warehouses about a mile north of Giants Stadium. Workers were performing maintenance on an air pressure vat used to cast molten metals into machine parts, police said.

Workers were fixing a door on the approximately 4-foot wide vat shortly after 8 a.m. when it exploded because of air pressure that had built up in the back, said Capt. Franklin Smith of the Carlstadt Police Department.

Search on for killers of kids and moms

INDIANAPOLIS - A baby, a toddler and their mothers were shot to death while the women held their children in their arms, police said Tuesday as officers searched for two men seen running from the victims' home.

All four victims were shot repeatedly late Monday, said Indianapolis Assistant Police Chief Eva Talley-Sanders. All died at the house on the city's north side except for 4-month-old Charlii Yarrell, who died at a hospital.

'I can't imagine what kind of evil it takes to shoot two women and the innocent children in their arms,' Police Chief Michael Spears said at a news conference.

The other victims were Jordan Hunt, 23 months; his mother, Gina Hunt, 24; and Charlii's mother, Andrea Yarrell, 24.

Third child's body found in bayou

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. - The body of one of four children allegedly tossed from a coastal Alabama bridge by their father was found Tuesday in a Mississippi bayou, authorities said.

Kate Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Sheriff's Department, said the body was found by a Mississippi marine resources crew in an inlet near Pascagoula.

The identity of the child was not immediately confirmed but was believed to be one of four young children allegedly thrown from the Dauphin Island bridge by their father, 37-year-old Lam Luong.

The bodies of 3-year-old Ryan Phan and his 4-month-old brother, Danny Luong, were recovered over the weekend.

Man convicted of raping five men

HOUSTON - A jury convicted a man Tuesday of raping another man, one of five sexual assaults he is accused of committing on men in an eight-month spree in 2006.

The sentencing phase of the trial was to begin later Tuesday for Keith Hill, who could receive anything from five years' probation to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault.

The trial focused on just one of the cases against him: A May 2006 attack of a teenager who said he was forced to perform oral sex at gunpoint after he was abducted from his driveway near Houston.

Romney wins Michigan primary

DETROIT - Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday in his native Michigan, a win he desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days.

Romney was the third Republican victor in the first four states to vote in the 2008 primary season, further roiling a volatile nomination fight that lacks a clear favorite.

The former Massachusetts governor defeated John McCain, the Arizona senator who was hoping that independents and Democrats would join Republicans to help him repeat his 2000 triumph here.