OHIO: 16 Amish face sentencing
More than 50 Amish children could lose one parent to prison, and most of the youngest could lose both, when 16 men and women are sentenced Friday in beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith. Most of the defendants could face as long as 10 years in prison and are asking for leniency so they can return to their homes and farms, teaching their sons a trade and their daughters how to sew, cook and keep house. Victims of the 2011 attacks, which the government called a hate crime and an attempt by a splinter group to shame members who left or denounced it, say justice is needed, especially for ringleader Sam Mullet Sr.
INDIANA: Mobile home fire kills 5
A fire swept through a mobile home early Thursday, killing two children and three adults. It took firefighters two hours to put out the blaze that gutted the home near Sulphur, about 30 miles west of Louisville, Ky. Authorities suspected the fire was sparked by a wood stove that served as the source of heat. The mobile home's owner, John Denton, 32, died, along with his 8-year-old daughter Kara Denton, and Denton's half-brother, Bill Turben, 35, relatives said. John Denton's girlfriend and her 3-year-old son also died in the blaze.
WASHINGTON: Commerce choice reported
President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary, according to people familiar with the matter. Pritzker, 53, whose family built the Hyatt Hotels Corp. chain, would replace acting commerce secretary Rebecca Blank, an economist who took over for John Bryson after he resigned last June for health reasons.