Crews' Efforts Keep City

Out of Ariz. Wildfire's Path

PHOENIX -- Using fire to fight fire, crews said Saturday they had managed to protect a community that was in the path of the mammoth wildfire spreading through dry brush and grass in rugged central Arizona.

Thanks to burnout operations along the southwest flank of the Cave Creek Complex fire, any danger that the fire would reach Black Canyon City had been significantly diminished, fire officials said.

The community of 4,500 is about 40 miles north of Phoenix on Interstate 17.

The fire was 45 percent contained.

Dozens Arrested, Charged

In Raids of Brothels

SAN FRANCISCO -- Forty-five people were arrested during nighttime raids for allegedly conspiring to smuggle South Korean women into the United States to work as prostitutes at massage parlors and other businesses, authorities said.

Hundreds of officers in the San Francisco Bay area and Southern California made the arrests during raids of brothels, homes and businesses.

In the Bay Area, authorities searched about 50 brothels, homes and businesses and arrested 27 suspects Thursday night. Twenty-nine people, including 24 of the suspects arrested, face charges including sex trafficking and money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco.

Eighteen people were arrested in the Los Angeles area on prostitution-related conspiracy charges.

* ATLANTA -- Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., has canceled several public appearances in the past week, raising concerns about her health. The United Church of Christ announced Friday that King would not be addressing the annual meeting of the denomination's General Synod on Saturday as previously scheduled. The church cited "health issues" for the cancellation. The King Center declined to comment on the civil rights matriarch's health.

* NEW YORK -- Police investigating a bad smell in a Queens apartment building discovered a decomposing corpse. Three women apparently had been living in the apartment for several weeks. The deceased woman, tentatively identified by authorities as Gabriel Durand, was believed to be in her late seventies or early eighties. Police and the medical examiner were unsure of the cause of death.

* COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is more than tripling the size of its school voucher program, making it the nation's largest since the practice of using public money for private-school tuition was found constitutional three years ago. In the state, the tuition aid had been available only in Cleveland since 1996. The increase will allow as many as 14,000 additional students statewide to leave schools that persistently fail academic tests and move to private schools, beginning in the fall of 2006. The state's $51 billion budget that Gov. Bob Taft (R) signed Thursday includes funding for the 14,000 additional children. The state will pay $4,250 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and $5,000 for high school students.

-- From News Services