Man Held in Girl's Abduction

Is Called Suspect in Killings

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Authorities think the man accused of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl and her brother was also responsible for the May 16 killings of three people at the family home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

"We believe Joseph Duncan is the only one responsible for these crimes," said Capt. Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

Joseph Edward Duncan III of Fargo, N.D., a convicted sex offender, was arrested Saturday at a Denny's restaurant with the girl, Shasta Groene. He has been charged with kidnapping in the abduction of Shasta and her brother Dylan, 9.

Wednesday marks the first time officials have said they think Duncan was responsible for the bludgeoning deaths of the children's mother, their older brother and their mother's boyfriend.

Wolfinger said officials probably will not be able to conclusively identify the human remains found in western Montana, believed to be the boy's, until next week.

Authorities have not publicly speculated about a motive for the crimes, nor have they found a connection between Duncan and the family.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

Seeking Slavery Reparations

CHICAGO -- An effort by slave descendants to gain reparations from corporations that allegedly benefited from slavery was dismissed by a federal judge.

Judge Charles R. Norgle characterized the issue as basically political. He said it should be decided by the legislative or executive branch. He added that the plaintiffs failed to show a link between themselves and the 17 corporations named as defendants, and that the statute of limitations rules out damages for wrongs committed before slavery was abolished in 1868.

It was the second time Norgle dismissed a version of the reparations lawsuit.

* RALEIGH, N.C. -- Federal authorities arrested about 50 contract workers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on charges that they used fake documents, including Social Security cards, that gave them access to the base. Those arrested were carpenters and other laborers, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. They had no access to military files, a base spokesman said.

* RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Claudia Santana, who was grabbed by bounty hunters in a case of mistaken identity and taken from her home in handcuffs, is demanding an apology from local police who, she said, stood by without helping her. Rutherford Police Chief Steven Nienstedt said an investigation is underway.

* JACKSON, Wyo. -- Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton reported no problems to air traffic controllers before his aircraft crashed last month, killing him, federal investigators said. Walton, 58, apparently was preparing to land at the Jackson Hole Airport on June 27 when, witnesses said, his plane crashed short of the runway, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

-- From News Services