MISSOURI

Woman and son found slain

The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified yesterday. James Barton Horn Jr. was charged last month with keeping the woman confined in a wooden box. Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and her son, Zachary Wade Sutton, 17, were found dead early yesterday in a relative's home in Clinton. Both appeared to have been shot overnight, police said. Horn was charged with kidnapping three weeks ago. Investigators allege he kept Sandra Sutton in the box off-and-on for four months at the same home they searched yesterday in Sedalia, about 45 miles northeast of Clinton. Horn has served time in prison for a kidnapping and sexual attack.

WASHINGTONSynagogue guest: POTUS

For weeks, President Barack Obama has wrestled with his frayed relationship with key members of the American Jewish community. Today he will make his most public effort yet to repair the breach by doing something only three presidents have ever done in history: speak before an audience at a synagogue. When Obama speaks in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month at Adas Israel, Washington's most prominent conservative synagogue, his task will be to forge an emotional connection with his Jewish listeners so they feel it in their "kishkes," Yiddish for guts. Adas Israel is a synagogue that embodies the Washington Jewish elite, and Obama aims to demonstrate there that he feels their concerns in his bones.

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WASHINGTON STATETheft suspects shot by cop

Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were shot yesterday by a police officer, authorities said. Officer Ryan Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the shooting in Olympia that left Bryson Chaplin, 21, critically injured and Andre Thompson, 24, in stable condition. Both were expected to survive. They are black, and Donald is white, but Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said, "There's no indication to me that race was a factor in this case at all."