Missing Hikers Found

In Sierras; 2 Are Dead

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Rangers completed a dramatic rescue of two climbers from a snowy mountain and removed the ice-encrusted bodies of two other hikers who died on the peak in an unexpected early blizzard in the Sierras.

The deaths occurred on El Capitan, a forbidding granite mountain at Yosemite National Park, after a fierce blizzard that stranded nearly two dozen hikers and climbers across Northern California this week. Other than the two deaths, everyone was found or rescued.

The two victims -- an unidentified Japanese man and woman -- had been ill-prepared for the weather, a ranger said.

Four hikers were rescued from Yosemite's Ansel Adams Wilderness.

* LOS ANGELES -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit that tried to stop Los Angeles County from removing a cross on the county's official seal. The county employee who sued, Ernesto Vasquez, argued the change is a First Amendment violation that would send the message Christians are not full members of Los Angeles County.

* TAMPA -- The Florida Supreme Court rebuffed another effort by Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to keep a severely brain-damaged woman alive against her husband's wishes. Without comment, the court rejected Bush's request that it reconsider last month's decision striking down a state law that the governor invoked to have Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted. Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, said the ruling legally clears the way for the feeding tube to be removed again.

-- From News Services