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NATION IN BRIEF: 11-month-old dies in fall from apartment window

The Associated Press. Attorney General Eric Holder listens at left as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at the Justice in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the results of the largest U.S. prosecution of an international criminal network organized to sexually exploit children.

The Associated Press. Attorney General Eric Holder listens at left as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at the Justice in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the results of the largest U.S. prosecution of an international criminal network organized to sexually exploit children.

11-month-old dies in fall from apartment window

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Authorities said the death of an 11-month-old girl who fell from a ninth-floor apartment in St. Paul appears to be an accident.

Police said Wednesday they are still piecing together what happened, but so far, criminal charges are not expected.

Investigators identified the girl as Ilhaan Hassan. They said she was playing with other children on a bed just below a screened window right before she fell Tuesday evening. She died at a local hospital.

Police said several adults and children were in the apartment at the time.

Pickup taken from home of dead N.H. girl

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. -- Investigators probing the death of an 11-year-old northern New Hampshire girl hauled away a silver pickup truck from outside her home Wednesday.

Neighbors said the vehicle is typically driven by the girl's stepfather. While the pickup was on a flatbed outside the house, technicians could be seen examining its undercarriage.

Investigators said Wednesday that they didn't expect to make any announcements on the progress of their investigation into the death of Celina Cass, whose body was found Monday in the Connecticut River, almost a week after she disappeared.

New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young wouldn't comment Wednesday on the investigation.

72 charged in probe of abuse network

WASHINGTON -- Seventy-two people have been charged with participating in an international child pornography network that prosecutors said used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to trade tens of thousands of images and videos of sexually abused children.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday a 20-month law enforcement effort called Operation Delego targeted more than 600 Dreamboard members around the world for allegedly participating in the private, members-only Internet club created to promote pedophilia.

Numerous participants in the network sexually abused children ages 12 and under, produced images and video of the abuse and then shared it with other club members, according to court papers released in the case.

Maine man lying in roadway struck, killed

CARTHAGE, Maine -- Maine state police said a man who had a history of getting drunk and lying on the road was killed when he was struck by a truck.

Troopers said 44-year-old Bert Knox, of Carthage, was lying on a road at 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was run over. He died instantly.

Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said troopers were told that Knox had passed out on the roadway ''a number of times in the past.''

Prosecutors rest in polygamist sex assault case

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Prosecutors rested their case against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs on Wednesday, after playing an audiotape of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he took as a ''spiritual wife.''

Jeffs, 55, is ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The church's 10,000 members see Jeffs as a prophet who speaks for God on Earth.

He is accused of assaulting two girls, one age 12, one 15. If convicted, Jeffs faces a maximum sentence of 119 years to life in prison.

School: Blogging teacher has right to return

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- An English teacher suspended over blog postings in which she referred to students as ''disengaged, lazy whiners'' was reinstated because she has a legal right to her job, but dozens of students have already asked to be kept out of her classes, school officials said Wednesday.

Requests from students who ask not to be placed in Natalie Munroe's English and debate classes will be honored, Central Bucks East High School Principal Abe Lucabaugh said at a news conference. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that about 60 such requests have been made so far.

-- From wire reports