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NATION IN BRIEF: Search grows for missing Ore. boy

The Associated Press. Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office talks to reporters Monday as he stands next to a photo of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman at a church across from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Ore.

The Associated Press. Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office talks to reporters Monday as he stands next to a photo of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman at a church across from Skyline Elementary School in Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A widening search for a 7-year-old boy who disappeared from his school entered a fourth day Monday, with sheriff's deputies stopping motorists in the hunt for clues and distributing fliers bearing the picture of the spectacled boy.

Authorities have not yet called the Kyron Horman's disappearance a kidnapping, but they're describing him as a ''missing endangered child.'' The FBI has joined the search.

As parents drove their children to Skyline Elementary School on Monday, sheriff's deputies stopped them in the hilly countryside just west of downtown Portland to ask if they had been at the school Friday and determine what they may have seen.

Man sentenced to 14 years in smuggling case

HOUSTON -- The last of more than a dozen people indicted for their roles in the deadliest human smuggling attempt in U.S. history was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday.

Octavio Torres-Ortega admitted his guilt and apologized for the deadly smuggling attempt before being sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore during a federal court hearing.

Authorities said he was part of a smuggling ring that packed more than 70 illegal immigrants into the back of a stifling tractor-trailer in May 2003 and tried to transport them from southern Texas to Houston.

Blagojevich jury search put in high gear

CHICAGO -- The judge in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich questioned more than a dozen prospective jurors Monday, ranging from a TV talk show host to an insurance man with a dim view of politicians, in hopes of quickly getting to opening statements.

Blagojevich listened intently as U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel asked the latest batch of prospective jurors -- who came after about 60 questioned last week -- if they could give a fair trial to the 53-year-old who was impeached and booted out of office in 2009.

NJ men accused in terror plot appear in court

NEWARK, N.J. -- Two northern New Jersey men accused of trying to join a terrorist group in Somalia intended to commit acts of violence even though their plans may appear ill-formed and scattershot, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte made their first court appearance Monday in Newark.

Alessa, 20, and Almonte, 24, were arrested Saturday night at New York's Kennedy Airport as they prepared to fly to Egypt and then to Somalia, authorities said. They are charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by joining al-Shabab, a group designated by the U.S. in 2008 as a terrorist organization.

Police: Gunman kills 4 women, bypasses men

HIALEAH, Fla. -- A gunman shot and killed his wife outside a South Florida restaurant where she worked, then targeted women inside and killed three others before committing suicide, police said Monday.

Police said the shooter bypassed at least two men when he fired at the women inside. Three women were hospitalized in critical condition, Hialeah police Detective Eddie Rodriguez said.

''He went straight for the women,'' Rodriguez said.

The shooting Sunday night began in a parking lot outside the Yoyito Restaurant in Hialeah, where 38-year-old Gerardo Regalado of Coral Gables was seen arguing with Liazan Molina, Rodriguez said. According to Florida marriage records, the couple married in 2007.

Chrysler recalls almost 700,000 Jeeps, minivans

DETROIT -- Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the United States and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said Monday.

Chrysler said it is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years due to a potential brake fluid leak.

It also is recalling 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2008 and 2009 model years because a wiring problem can cause a fire inside the sliding doors.

Another 76,430 Wranglers and 34,143 minivans are being recalled in Canada, Mexico and other international markets, Chrysler said.