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Around the Nation

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Children Taken From Sect Moved to New Shelter

SAN ANGELO, Tex. -- State officials moved 416 children seized from a polygamist compound to a new shelter Monday and sent many of their mothers away, while a judge and lawyers struggled with a legal and logistical morass in one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history.

Only those women with children 4 or younger were allowed to continue staying with them, said Marissa Gonzales, spokeswoman for the state Child Protective Services agency.

A court began laying the groundwork toward sorting out the custody arrangements for the children seized from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The state is accusing the sect of physically and sexually abusing the youngsters, and it wants to strip their parents of custody and place the children in foster care or put them up for adoption.

A Third College Halts Classes Over Threats

CHICAGO -- Two days before the anniversary of the Virginia Tech killings, Malcolm X College evacuated up to 1,000 people and suspended its classes after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall. St. Xavier University, also in Chicago, has canceled classes indefinitely because of threats found on campus last week. Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., also called off classes and events after officials found messages in men's restrooms and other buildings.

Big California Quake Said to Be Certain Within 30 Years

LOS ANGELES -- California faces an almost certain risk of being rocked by a strong earthquake by 2037, scientists said in the first statewide temblor forecast. New calculations reveal a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike in the next 30 years. The last California jolt of such a size was the 1994 Northridge disaster, which killed 72 people.

Chronic N.Y. Subway Groper May Face Life in Prison

NEW YORK -- About two weeks after he was released from prison, Freddie Johnson was arrested on charges of illegally rubbing up against a woman on a crowded Manhattan subway train. It was the 53rd arrest for Johnson, who has been convicted at least twice. He was charged with persistent sexual abuse, and if convicted he could be sent away for life, because of his rap sheet. Johnson denied touching the woman, and his attorney had no comment.

-- From News Services

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