First reunions start for polygamists

SAN ANGELO, Texas - A judge on Monday ordered the immediate return of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch, bringing an abrupt end to one of the largest custody cases in U.S. history.

Texas District Judge Barbara Walther, responding to a state Supreme Court ruling last week, signed an order filed by attorneys for the parents and Child Protective Services, allowing the parents to begin picking their children up from foster care facilities around the state.

The first emotion-filled reunions came Monday afternoon, as parents trickled into foster care facilities to pick up their children.

Kennedy's surgery called successful

DURHAM, N.C. - After investigating his options with his trademark intensity, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent 31/2 hours of risky and exquisitely delicate surgery Monday to cut out as much of his cancerous brain tumor as possible.

'I feel like a million bucks. I think I'll do that again tomorrow,' the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat was quoted by a family spokeswoman as telling his wife immediately afterward.

Dr. Allan Friedman, who performed the surgery at Duke University Medical Center, pronounced the operation a success.

Attorney gets jail in kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES - Melvyn Weiss, the co-founder of a law firm known for securities class-action suits, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison for his role in a lucrative lawsuit kickback scheme targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation.

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter also ordered Weiss, 72, to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines.

In a prepared, handwritten statement read before sentencing, Weiss apologized for his 'wrongful conduct' and described his conviction as a fall from grace.

Little chance for men in collapse

SALT LAKE CITY - A coal mine collapse that registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake and killed six miners occurred so quickly that it probably eliminated any chance for the men to escape, according to a report released Monday.

The Aug. 6 Crandall Canyon mine collapse began near the area where miners were excavating coal and quickly grew to a 50-acre cave-in, the University of Utah report said.

Three rescuers died 10 days later in a subsequent collapse.

Shuttle Discovery docks with station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Discovery performed a slow back flip and then docked at the international space station on Monday, delivering a mammoth lab.

Commander Mark Kelly pulled up to the space station and parked as the two spacecraft soared 210 miles above the South Pacific.

Discovery carried Japan's prized Kibo lab, a 37-foot-long, 16-ton scientific workshop. The seven shuttle astronauts and three station residents will combine forces to install the bus-size lab today.

Chip can designer's ashes buried in one

CINCINNATI - The man who designed the Pringles potato crisp packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes has been buried in one of the iconic cans.

Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati, his family said. He was 89.

Baur's children said they honored his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can, with some placed in another urn and given to a grandson, said Baur's daughter, Linda Baur of Diamondhead, Miss.

Defense: Queries unfair in murder trial

WOBURN, Mass. - A lawyer for a British man accused of killing his wife and baby complained Monday that he would have difficulty picking an impartial jury because a judge barred him from asking potential jurors their feelings about the man's alleged use of Internet sex sites.

Neil Entwistle, 29, is charged with fatally shooting his 27-year-old wife, Rachel, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian Rose, in their Hopkinton home in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty.

Watchdog: NASA misled on warming

WASHINGTON - A government watchdog says NASA's press office 'marginalized, or mischaracterized' studies on global warming between 2004 and 2006.

The NASA inspector general's report called it 'inappropriate political interference.'

The report issued Monday found that the agency's top management wasn't part of censorship, nor were career officials. It blamed 'political appointees.'