NATION IN BRIEF: Police have likely IDs on kids found in Florida canal

Police have likely IDs on kids found in Florida canal

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Police said Thursday they think they have identified two children whose bodies were stuffed into luggage and dumped in a South Florida canal.

Authorities believe the children — a girl between 6 and 10 and a boy between 10 and 12 — were siblings, but they have not released their names.

They said they have made no arrests, though they could be seen Thursday afternoon searching a nearby house.

A police spokeswoman said authorities believe the children were the victims of some sort of domestic situation, but she declined to elaborate.

It is still not known how long the bodies were in the canal, and autopsy reports haven’t been released.

Police: Ohio DUI suspect drinks in front of cop

ELYRIA, Ohio — Police in northern Ohio said a man who was asked during a traffic stop whether he’d been drinking took a swig from an open can of beer and told the officer, “Yes.”

According to Cleveland’s WJW-TV, the Elyria police report said 25-year-old Stephen Supers was pulled over early Wednesday because the officer had observed him speeding.

The report said that after Supers took the drink in front of the officer he failed a series of field sobriety tests.

Indiana House sets $250 fines for boycotters

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s House Republicans have approved $250-a-day fines against Democratic legislators who are boycotting the Statehouse. The fines will start Monday.

Most House Democrats skipped Thursday morning’s floor session, extending their stay at an Urbana, Ill., hotel to an 11th day and preventing action on labor and education bills they oppose. The boycott denies the House the quorum needed to conduct business.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said Democratic leader Patrick Bauer has told him the boycotting members will not return today either. Bosma said he will hold off on formally censuring them as he had discussed earlier.

Tobacco cos. fire back on government ads

RICHMOND, Va. — The nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers on Thursday said the Justice Department’s proposed corrective statements about smoking’s dangers are inflammatory and inaccurate and violate guidelines set by the court overseeing the lawsuit.

The tobacco companies, including Philip Morris USA, maker of top-selling Marlboro cigarettes, also asked a federal appeals court to toss out the 12-year-old lawsuit, saying the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over the industry makes the court’s involvement unnecessary.

Last week, the Justice Department released 14 ‘‘corrective statements’’ that it says the companies should be required to make as part of the lawsuit. It wants the companies to admit that they lied to the public and would force the industry to pay for an advertising campaign of self-criticism.

Wis. governor: Layoff notices coming today

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that he will issue layoff notices to 1,500 state workers today if his proposal forcing them to pay more for benefits and taking away nearly all their collective bargaining rights isn’t passed by then.

Walker also said in an interview with The Associated Press that he is negotiating with Democrats who stymied passage of the bill by leaving the state for changes to the proposal that would get them to return. Walker said he won’t compromise on the collective bargaining issue or anything that saves the state money.

‘‘I can’t take any of that off the table,’’ he said.

Mom held on $5M bond in boy’s oven death

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi judge has set bond at $5 million for the woman charged with murder in the death of her 3-year-old son, whose body was found in an oven.

The Delta Democrat Times reports bond was set by City Judge Michael Prewitt during Terrie A. Robinson’s initial court appearance Thursday.

Johnson said an autopsy would likely be completed today.