In the Nation

Posted: November 14, 2011

Search resumes after Ohio blast

FAIRBORN, Ohio - Police say they have resumed the search for a 75-year-old man missing after a house explosion in western Ohio injured six others and damaged neighboring homes. Fairborn Fire Marshal Carl Day said it was unlikely the unidentified man survived Saturday's blast.

He said four children and two men were injured.

Day says the explosion may have happened after someone working at the home ruptured an underground gas line. - AP

Top court weighs Calif. animal law

FRESNO, Calif. - The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to strike down California's 2009 ban on slaughtering sick animals for food, but 30 more new laws will still be on the state's books protecting animals.

The Humane Society of the United States has been working with the state's legislators to change policy governing the treatment of everything from dairy cattle to sharks. Policy changes in recent years have made the Golden State a U.S. leader in animal-welfare legislation.

The Humane Society says the landslide victory for Proposition 2, which gave laying chickens more room in cages, awakened lawmakers to citizens' passion for animals. Critics say the group uses scare tactics and videos to trick consumers into thinking that deplorable practices are widespread. - AP

Police intensify search for boy, 2

SEATTLE - Police in Bellevue, Wash., set up a kind of roadblock Sunday to talk to people passing the site where a missing toddler was last seen. Police Maj. Mike Johnson said at a news conference that officers talked to more than 20 people and gathered about a dozen new tips Sunday morning.

It's been a week since Julia Biryukova says her 2-year-old son, Sky Metalwala, disappeared from her car.

Police say Biryukova told them she was taking Sky to a hospital when the car stopped, so she left him alone in the unlocked vehicle and took his 4-year-old sister to go for gas. When she returned an hour later, she says, the boy was gone. - AP

Problem deputies got L.A. jail duty

LOS ANGELES - A report finds Los Angeles sheriff's officials routinely transferred problem deputies to the county jail as a way of keeping them from the public.

A Sunday story in the Los Angeles Times says some deputies were allowed to remain working in the county's lockups after being convicted of crimes or found guilty of serious misconduct. Documents obtained by the Times show that among those sent to work in the jails was a deputy accused of fraud, loan sharking, and threatening to kill somebody.

The background and conduct of deputies have come under increased scrutiny as federal investigators probe misconduct and brutality against inmates in the nation's largest jail network.

Elsewhere:

Macy's at Atlanta's Lenox Mall must cut down a new Christmas tree after the 60-foot white pine selected for the holidays snapped Sunday morning while being hoisted atop the department store. A backup is to arrive this week.

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