KENTUCKY / Bodies found of 3 kids swept up by creek
Authorities found the bodies of three Amish children early Friday who were swept away in a creek swollen by heavy rains in rural southwestern Kentucky and continued searching for another child. A married couple along with seven children were trying to cross the creek Thursday in their horse-drawn buggy when the buggy overturned knocking them into the water, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said. The couple and three children escaped, but four other children were swept away. The bodies of three of the four, including a 6-month-old, were found Friday around 12:30 a.m., Redmon said. Authorities continued searching for an 11-year-old girl, he said. About 75 to 100 law enforcers, firefighters and volunteers were taking part in the search Friday.
WASHINGTON / Key surveillance rules of Patriot Act extended
President Barack Obama on Friday signed a three-month extension of key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act. The law extends two areas of the 2001 act. One provision allows law enforcement officials to set roving wiretaps to monitor multiple communication devices. The other allows them to ask a special court for access to business and library records that could be relevant to a terrorist threat. A third provision gives the FBI court-approved rights for surveillance of non-American "lone wolf" suspects - those not known to be tied to specific terrorist groups. They were to expire Monday.
WASHINGTON / U.S. airport officials fear EU plan to allow liquids
U.S. airport officials say they worry that a European Union plan to partially lift a ban on passengers carrying liquids onto planes will create a security gap and may confuse passengers traveling to the United States. Beginning April 29, the EU plans to allow passengers carrying wine, perfume and other liquids purchased at airports outside Europe to take those items into airline cabins on connecting flights at European airports to other European destinations and the United States. Christopher Bidwell of Airports Council International-North America said the effectiveness of technologies European airports will use to screen liquids for explosives is unclear.
GEORGIA / Lawmaker blasts question on shooting Obama
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Friday he didn't immediately condemn a constituent who asked about shooting President Barack Obama because he was stunned by the question and didn't want to dignify it with a response. Broun confirmed that at a town hall event Tuesday in Oglethorpe County, a man asked, "Who's going to shoot Obama?" After the exchange was reported by the Athens Banner-Herald, Broun issued a statement Friday, saying: "I condemn all statements - made in sincerity or jest - that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the president of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated." His office said he later alerted the Secret Service. Ed Donovan, an agency spokesman, said the man who made the comment was questioned and is not considered a threat.
CALIFORNIA / Court asked uphold 'don't ask, don't tell' for now
The Obama administration may have concluded that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is presumably unconstitutional, but it still wants a federal appeals court to refrain for now from striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Justice Department lawyers asked a court in San Francisco on Friday to give the Pentagon time to train troops and take other steps Congress outlined in December.