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NATION IN BRIEF: Video shows rapist's wife luring girl into van

Video shows rapist’s wife luring girl into van

SAN FRANCISCO — Disturbing new video released Tuesday shows the wife of convicted kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido luring a young girl into the couple’s van, asking her to do the splits and videotaping her, two years after the couple kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard.

The videos were released by El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson, along with a report highlighting failures in the criminal justice system that allowed Phillip Garrido to roam free despite warnings, and snatch Dugard off a street in South Lake Tahoe in 1991.

He held her for 18 years, raped her and fathered two children with her while holding her captive in a backyard compound in the San Francisco Bay area town of Antioch.

Jury hears tape of polygamist discussing sex

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Prosecutors played an audio recording Tuesday of a polygamist sect leader instructing his 14-year-old ‘‘spiritual wife’’ on how to please him sexually, and thus please God.

Warren Jeffs, 55, is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. He is accused of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, he took as brides in ‘‘spiritual marriages.’’

A doctor and a forensic analyst testified Monday that Jeffs was the father of the 15-year-old’s child. Prosecutors played the tape of Jeffs talking to the girl when she was 14 on Tuesday after Texas Ranger Nick Hannah testified about documents and electronic files seized during a 2008 police raid at the church’s remote compound in West Texas.

Autopsy results expected on NH girl found in river

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. — As authorities tried to determine how an 11-year-old girl wound up dead in a river near her house, her neighbors considered canceling their annual children’s fair. Instead, they decided to go forward and to dedicate the weekend event to the memory of Celina Cass.

State police and the town board of selectmen recommended the community hold the Stewartstown Days event despite the fifth-grader’s unexplained death.

Celina was reported missing on July 26. Her body was recovered Monday near a hydroelectric dam in the Connecticut River, a quarter-mile from her home.

Authorities described the girl’s death as suspicious pending the outcome of an autopsy. The results of that exam were expected to be released late Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening in Concord, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

Playing kids set off gas grenade in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A tear gas grenade exploded in a boy’s hand while three children played with it in a southeastern Kentucky home, creating a powdery cloud that sent 20 people to hospitals, authorities said Tuesday.

Injuries included burning eyes, cuts and chemical irritation to the skin, said David McGill, emergency management coordinator in Harlan County. The gas grenade went off Monday evening in a home in the town of Lynch.

The three children were in an upstairs bedroom in their grandmother’s home when they found the Vietnam-era grenade — slightly larger than a baseball — on a shelf, said Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird.

When one child pulled the pin, the grenade exploded in his hand, he said. Shrapnel flew and a yellow powdery cloud engulfed the room.

FAA shutdown to continue as Congress leaves

WASHINGTON — A partisan stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September, stopping airport construction projects and depriving federal coffers of potentially more than $1 billion in uncollected ticket taxes, after congressional attempts to reach a deal fell through on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially told reporters that he would be willing to accept a House Republican bill to restore the FAA’s operating authority even though it contained cuts in subsidies for rural air service that some Democrats oppose. But he later reversed course after a possible deal with House Republicans had fallen through.