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NATION IN BRIEF: Snowstorm stalls missing climbers search

Snowstorm stalls missing climbers search

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Time was running short Tuesday in the search for two missing climbers on Mount Hood, as heavy snow grounded a search helicopter and prevented ground crews from leaving camp.

The climbers -- Anthony Vietti and Katie Nolan -- were believed to have ice axes that could be used to hack out a snow cave, rescuers said.

But the storm that hit the mountain late Monday was expected to dump up to two feet of new snow on the slopes, raising the risk of an avalanche that could further complicate the rescue effort.

Police accused of cover-up in immigrant attack

SHENANDOAH, Pa. -- Four police officers in a Pennsylvania coal town are accused in a federal indictment of orchestrating a cover-up in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant, an attack that resulted in the acquittal of two popular high school football players of serious state charges.

The former Shenandoah High School athletes, 19-year-old Derrick Donchak and 18-year-old Brandon Piekarsky, have been charged with a hate crime, accused of beating Luis Ramirez while shouting racial epithets at him in July 2008, the Justice Department said Tuesday in Washington.

Separate indictments accuse Police Chief Matthew Nestor and three officers under his command with charges including witness tampering and lying to the FBI.

Family members found dead in upscale home

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- A woman killed herself and three other family members, including two young children, in what may have started as a child custody dispute in an upscale, gated Orange County community, authorities said Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies checking on the tenants were sent to a house in the Careyes community shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. They found the bodies of a 38-year-old woman and her daughters, ages 2 and 4, along with a close relative who was in her 60s, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

The four had been staying temporarily with a friend who was leasing the home, Amormino said.

He said that a man was inside the home when a disturbance began.

DNA testing clears man who served 28 years

WASHINGTON -- A man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape and murder has been freed after DNA testing showed he's innocent.

Fifty-eight-year-old Donald Eugene Gates left the federal prison in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, just hours after a Washington judge ordered his release.

Gates tells The Associated Press it feels ''beautiful'' to be free. He said his faith in God helped him get through his incarceration.

Oil rebounds for first time in 9 days

NEW YORK -- Oil prices rose Tuesday for the first time in nine days with OPEC predicting energy demand will rebound faster than it had previously thought.

Benchmark crude for January delivery added $1.18 to settle at $70.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude for January delivery rose 16 cents to settle at $72.05 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

Prices headed upward just after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it expected the world would consume an extra 70,000 barrels more crude next year.

Police: Missing mom's husband hinders search

SALT LAKE CITY -- The husband of a missing Utah woman is hindering the investigation because he failed to show up for an interview on the advice of his lawyer, police said Tuesday.

Josh Powell is not a suspect in the disappearance of Susan Powell, but his decision not to meet with detectives on Monday prevents them from moving ahead with the search, said West Valley City Police Capt. Tom McLachlan.

Kids' swine flu shots recalled

ATLANTA -- Hundreds of thousands of swine flu shots for children have been recalled because tests indicate the vaccine doses lost some strength, government health officials said Tuesday.

The shots, made by Sanofi Pasteur, were distributed across the country last month and most have already been used. The 800,000 pre-filled syringes that were recalled are for young children, ages 6 months to nearly 3 years.