FBI Completes Probe

Of Emmett Till's Slaying

JACKSON, Miss. -- The FBI says it has completed its investigation into the 1955 killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a brutal slaying that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

"The investigation is done," FBI spokesman Mike Turner said on Tuesday. "There's a report that's being prepared by the case agent."

The report on the reopened case is expected to be delivered before the end of the year to District Attorney Joyce Chiles of Greenville, who has said that when she receives it she will decide whether to have a grand jury consider indictments.

Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi in August 1955 when he was tortured and killed, purportedly for whistling at a white woman.

An all-white jury acquitted Roy Bryant and his half brother, J.W. Milam, in the killing, and the defendants have since died. Many consider Till's death and the subsequent trial a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

The Justice Department reopened the case last year, prompted in part by a documentary that found errors in the original investigation.

Prison Abuse Charges

Against Soldier Dropped

EL PASO -- The Army has dropped criminal charges against a soldier accused of abusing a mentally retarded detainee in Afghanistan.

Spec. Nathan A. Jones, one of 14 soldiers implicated in the abuse investigation, will probably get a letter of reprimand for dereliction of duty but will not be court-martialed, Fort Bliss officials said Wednesday.

Jones, a reservist with Ohio's 377th Military Police Company, had been accused of kneeing or kicking a detainee at Bagram in 2002 and then lying about it. Army prosecutors declined to comment.

* KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A drunk driver linked to the deaths of two pedestrians after parts from his car were found near their bodies has avoided a lengthy prison term because the city sold the key evidence -- his car -- as scrap. Scott A. Weber, 25, of Independence was sentenced on Tuesday to 120 days of prison substance-abuse treatment and three years' probation. Prosecutors accepted the sentence after they learned that Weber's car, seized after the deaths, had been sold to a salvager two months after the 2004 accident and destroyed.

* RICHMOND -- A federal appeals court reinstated a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers process for granting permits for mountaintop-removal coal mining in West Virginia.

-- From News Services