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NATION IN BRIEF: Child porn networking site busted by feds

The Associated Press . Maj. Gen. James Milano, left, commander of U.S. Army Armor Center, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commander of Accessions, after a transfer of command ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., on Thursday.

The Associated Press . Maj. Gen. James Milano, left, commander of U.S. Army Armor Center, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commander of Accessions, after a transfer of command ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., on Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Federal prosecutors say they are working with police in several countries to investigate suspects in a child pornography ''social networking site'' that at one point had more than 1,000 members trading explicit images.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that more than 50 people had been arrested and 35 have been convicted of various child pornography-related charges as part of the two-year investigation, including several people from abroad.

They said they were seeking the extradition of the group's alleged ringleader, Delwyn Savigar, who is serving a 14-year prison term in England for sexually assaulting or trying to abuse three underage girls.

Savigar created and ran a password-protected website from which members could access collections of sexual images -- some including as many as a million files -- share their fantasies about having sex with children and give advice to each other about how to build their collections and avoid getting caught, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. DeBrota said.

Army's tank school leaves Fort Knox

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Fort Knox has long been known for its heavy metals -- gold bricks and armored tanks.

But the tank's 70-year connection to the Army post in the hills of central Kentucky ended Thursday as the Armor Center, the training school for generations of tank soldiers, began its move to Fort Benning in Georgia.

''It's a bittersweet day,'' said retired Lt. Col. Richard Ardisson, a former tank commander who attended the transfer of command ceremony. ''You always hate to see change, especially change that's as symbolic as this is for old tankers and cavalrymen.''

Judge denies condemned inmate's petition

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah judge has denied a request to vacate the death sentence of a man set to be executed by firing squad next month.

Defense attorneys wanted Third District Judge Robin Reese to order a new sentencing hearing Thursday for Ronnie Lee Gardner.

But prosecutors said it's too late for Gardner to be raising new issues, and Reese agreed, saying arguments raised should have been part of a 2000 court filing.

Reese last month signed the warrant that set Gardner's June 18 execution date. Gardner chose firing squad over lethal injection.

3 indicted over alleged $100M computer scam

CHICAGO -- Three men have been indicted on federal charges that accuse them of conning people into buying more than $100 million in bogus software by convincing them their computers were infected by malicious programs.

A federal grand jury in Chicago returned indictments Wednesday against 26-year-old James Reno of Amelia, Ohio, and Bjorn Daniel Sundin and Shaileshkumar Jain.

Sundin is a 31-year-old Swedish citizen believed to live in Sweden. Jain is a 40-year-old American authorities believe is in the Ukraine.

The indictment says Jain and Sundin sold a pieces of bogus software through their company, Innovative Marketing Inc. Reno is accused of running call centers for Innovative Marketing.

Pittsburgh nun foils wallet theft with reprimand

PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh thief turned out to be no match for a little nun with a commanding voice.

Sister Lynn Rettinger didn't even have to break out a ruler for a man who reached into an opened car window and stole a wallet Tuesday. She just needed the tone of voice she's used for nearly 50 years in Catholic schools.

After a teacher saw the man swipe the wallet, the 5-foot-3 principal of Sacred Heart Elementary School went outside and firmly told the man: ''You need to give me what you have.''

The thief turned over the wallet, apologized and walked away.

Work continues on fence around Palin's house

WASILLA, Alaska -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep her new neighbor -- an author who is writing a book about her -- from peering in.

Work on the fence continued Thursday, three days after Palin took to Facebook to ''welcome'' neighbor Joe McGinniss and say she'd begin building a ''tall fence tomorrow.''

Palin joked with reporters of having to build a fence to protect her family's privacy but declined to comment further, saying she was busy babysitting her nephews.