NATION IN BRIEFS: Former suspect in Ramsey death recruiting kids<

Former suspect in Ramsey death recruiting kids

SAN FRANCISCO -- A woman who has a restraining order against the man who falsely claimed to have murdered JonBenet Ramsey said Wednesday the former suspect is living as a woman and trying to form a cult of little girls to have sex with him.

The woman, 19-year-old Samantha Spiegel, told NBC's ''Today'' she had known John Mark Karr since she was 9, when he was a teacher at her school in San Francisco.

Her attorney, Robin Sax, told The Associated Press that Spiegel reached out to Karr after he confessed to the death of 6-year-old child beauty queen JonBenet, whose body was found in 1996 in her parents' home in Boulder, Colo.

''She sought him out trying to reconnect, wanting to find out what happened to him,'' Sax said.

Things moved quickly to Karr contacting her hundreds of times a day, Sax said. Spiegel claimed in the restraining order request that Karr made ''ongoing death threats'' and ''threats of sexual exploitation to children'' in the e-mails.

Karr now goes by the name Alexis Valoran Reich.

Scaffolding collapses at NY college

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Authorities said five people have been injured in a scaffolding collapse at Binghamton University in New York state.

They said a section of scaffolding fell about 60 feet Wednesday afternoon at the East Campus Housing project.

Police tell the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin there were no deaths but one of the victims was bleeding heavily on the way to an ambulance. The condition of the other injured people wasn't immediately clear.

The university is in the middle of a multimillion-dollar project to repair or replace facilities.

Shuttle workers get $15M grant to find jobs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA workers will get $15 million from the federal government to help them search for new jobs and get additional training once the shuttle program ends, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said Wednesday.

Solis, speaking at Kennedy Space Center, said the emergency grant will assist about 3,200 contractors who work on the shuttle program full time, including those from major aerospace companies such as ASRC Aerospace Corp., Boeing and United Space Alliance. The last launch is scheduled for November.

Two climbers missing on Mount St. Helens

COUGAR, Wash. -- Searchers are looking for two Vancouver, Wash., men who failed to return from a climb on Mount St. Helens.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said a deputy found their car early Wednesday at the Marble Mountain Snow Park about 10 miles northeast of Cougar.

The men, Mark Lapinskas, 32, and Kevin Dean, 34, both have packs but probably aren't prepared for the deluge of rain hitting the area, Cox said.

Lisa Dean reported her husband and brother-in-law overdue Tuesday night.

Times Square suspect facing foreclosure

SHELTON, Conn. -- The suspect in last month's failed Times Square bombing is slated to lose his Connecticut home to foreclosure under a court order.

A notice of judgment filed Tuesday in Milford Superior Court orders Faisal Shahzad to repay more than $200,000 to Chase Home Finance LLC on his Shelton home by July 31 or lose it to foreclosure.

Shahzad is in federal custody on terrorism charges for allegedly trying to set off a car bomb in New York on May 1.

Naked man tasered in NY

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- New York police said it took four officers and four jolts from a Taser to subdue a man found running naked through city traffic, high on the hallucinogen PCP.

They began getting reports about a man running around in nothing but sneakers Tuesday night in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City.