Indian Protesters Return to Nebraska

WHITECLAY, Neb. -- Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe converged on this tiny town yesterday to protest alleged treaty violations, unsolved slayings and alcohol sales, and nine people were arrested, including activist Russell Means.

About 150 people marched the two miles from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and scores of others rode in cars.

They were met by more than 100 riot-equipped Nebraska state troopers, who stood toe-to-toe with the marchers and ordered them not to cross a line of yellow tape at the edge of Whiteclay, about a city block from the state line. Moments later, Means and several others crossed the tape and were arrested. Some in the crowd shouted at the troopers and threw rocks. No one was injured.

The demonstration later ended peacefully and most of the participants headed back to Pine Ridge. Means and the others arrested would probably be given misdemeanor citations, police said.

The town's 22 residents were evacuated Friday by Gov. Mike Johanns. A rally there a week ago ended in looting and burning.

Sharpton, Activists Block N.J. Highway

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Scores of demonstrators led by Al Sharpton were arrested after blocking an Atlantic City highway to protest New Jersey police's use of a practice known as racial profiling.

About 75 of the 200 mainly black protesters chanting "No Justice, No Peace" held a sit-in at the entrance ramp to the Atlantic City Expressway. Atlantic City and state police, who had rerouted traffic, moved in after about 15 minutes and led the demonstrators away peacefully in plastic-strip handcuffs.

Racial profiling, the practice of selecting motorists for traffic stops based on race, erupted into controversy in April 1998 when two white state troopers wounded two unarmed black men and a Hispanic man on the New Jersey Turnpike. State officials initially denied the practice but then admitted that it was used by some on the state's mostly white male state police force.

Abu-Jamal Supporters Arrested at Liberty Bell

PHILADELPHIA -- About 55 supporters of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Liberty Bell at the start of the busy holiday weekend. It was closed for about three hours.

The demonstration came on the 17th anniversary of the sentencing of Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.

He says he is innocent and blames his conviction on a biased judge and an ineffective lawyer. His jail writings about the justice system -- and efforts to win a new trial -- have given him worldwide attention.

Demonstrators Assail Treatment of Refugees

MIAMI -- Carrying signs and waving Cuban and American flags, nearly 1,000 people gathered to protest the Coast Guard's treatment of six Cuban refugees who had frantically attempted to reach U.S. soil.

"Fidel Castro, don't feel bad," one sign read. "We are as bad as you."

The crowd repeatedly chanted "liberty" and "justice" in Spanish during the peaceful two-hour demonstration, which was organized by 40 Cuban activist groups and held around a Bay of Pigs memorial.

The Coast Guard is investigating the case. TV reports Tuesday showed officers blasting them with water from a hose as they stood in a rowboat 150 yards away.

Calif. Homes Destroyed In `Controlled Burn'

LEWISTON, Calif. -- A fire set by federal authorities to thin brush burned out of control, destroying two dozen homes and forcing 500 people to flee. High winds and heat Friday fanned the flames of the "controlled burn" beyond a 100-acre expanse of brush and into Lewiston. Many homeowners returned yesterday to little more than smoking rubble.

Despite wind gusts of up to 50 mph, a fire in Nevada was contained yesterday after racing through 3,000 acres of dry brush in Reno and damaging two homes. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Boy With Tall Tale Is Admitted to Hospital

NEW YORK -- Edwin Sabillon, a 13-year-old Honduran boy who made up a story of traveling to New York to find his father, has been hospitalized after testing positive for tuberculosis.

Edwin Sabillon had duped police and city officials with a fantastic tale of hitchhiking and riding buses from Central America to New York to meet his father. He said his relatives were killed in a mudslide last year. But interviews showed that his mother is alive and living in Honduras, his father died of AIDS last year, and the boy had been living in Florida with an aunt.