Originally created 09/17/06

Nation briefs



Family seeks return of stolen newborn

UNION, MO. - A grandmother of a newborn girl stolen from a rural home pleaded Saturday for the baby's safe return, as authorities searched for an abductor who seriously injured the infant's mother .

"The family's in agony," Raylene Ochsenbine said at a news conference. "Just give her back."

The attacker walked into the home, told Abby Woods' mother "I'm here to take your child," then slashed the her throat and fled with the 1-week-old child.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said authorities had some leads in their search for the attacker and the baby but "nothing has headed us in a certain direction."

The child's mother said she did not know her attacker, police said. Stephanie Ochsenbine, 21, was in stable condition Saturday after surgery.

The FBI, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri National Guard were helping with the investigation, Sheriff Toelke said.

The attacker had gained entry to the home Friday by asking to use Stephanie Ochsenbine's telephone, police said.

Clinton recalls Richards' life

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Former President Clinton tearfully escorted a flag-draped casket Saturday carrying former Gov. Ann Richards into the state Capitol, where she will spend the next two days lying in state before her funeral and burial.

He delivered poignant and at times funny recollections of the woman he called "spontaneous, unedited, earthy, hilarious."

Ms. Richards, the Democrat known for her big white hair and sharp wit, died Wednesday at 73 from esophageal cancer.

A Texas Department of Public Safety honor guard rolled the casket into the Capitol rotunda, followed by Mr. Clinton and Ms. Richards' daughter, Cecile.

Mr. Clinton called Ms. Richards "Texas on parade."

"First she was big: big hair, big bright eyes, big blinding smile. She also had a big heart, big dreams, did big deeds," he said.

After Mr. Clinton spoke, the rotunda was opened to the public. Hundreds of mourners filed through. Later, some visitors left tributes to Ms. Richards in front of the Capitol.

3rd teen arrested in attack plot

GREEN BAY, WIS. - Police have arrested a third person in a foiled Columbine-style plan to bomb and shoot students at a high school, investigators said Saturday.

Two 17-year-olds were arrested Thursday at East High School after a student went to an associate principal. A detective said Friday that one boy wanted to enact the plan Thursday but the other talked him out of it.

Bradley P. Netwel, 18, was arrested Friday for conspiracy to commit homicide and conspiracy to commit arson, according to a news release Saturday.

Police learned that Mr. Netwel, a former student and a friend of the 17-year-olds, participated in the planning, police said.

William C. Cornell and Shawn R. Sturtz were arrested Thursday. Detective Tom Molitor testified at a hearing Friday that the two, who are seniors, told police they had been plotting the massacre for several years.

In other news

POLICE WARNED LAS CRUCES, N.M., residents that they've received two letters threatening random shootings if city leaders fail to hand over a "substantial" ransom.

HEWLETT-PACKARD CO. officials said Saturday that the company improperly accessed phone records of corporate spokesman Michael Moeller during its investigation into unauthorized leaks to the press.

THE DALAI LAMA URGED thousands of teens Saturday to accept all people as neighbors. "The whole globe is becoming one body," he said at PeaceJam in Denver. "In these circumstances ... destruction of your neighbor is actually destruction of yourself."

ATLANTIS' SIX ASTRONAUTS relaxed Saturday after a week of work putting a 17-ton addition on the international space station. NASA even let the crew sleep an extra hour.