NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A mother whose newborn was kidnapped by a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent was briefly reunited with her baby Saturday, then saw him and her three other children taken from her and put into state custody.
Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, said the children were taken from their mother, Maria Gurrolla, “purely for safety reasons,” though he would not detail why the state deemed they were in danger.
Gurrolla, 30, was stabbed in her home Tuesday, just four days after giving birth to Yair Anthony Carillo.
Nashville police said the baby was found in good health Friday night at a home in Ardmore, Ala., and a woman there was arrested in the case.
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Arizona wildfire slows, but still threatens homes
PHOENIX — Some residents of the scenic northern Arizona city of Williams spent Saturday away from their homes as a prescribed burn that grew out of control threatened the town known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon.”
Punky Moore, a Kaibab National Forest spokeswoman, said the Twin Fire had scorched about 1,000 acres, or more than 1 1/2 square miles, by Saturday evening and was still burning forest undergrowth and Ponderosa Pines on Bill Williams Mountain.
Parts of Williams, about 120 miles north of Phoenix, were still threatened because of strong winds. Moore said the conditions could compromise how much the aircraft can be used today.
Remote part of eastern Calif. shaken by temblors
LONE PINE, Calif. — More earthquakes struck a remote area of eastern California that has been shaken by a sequence of tremors since Thursday.
The U.S. Geological Survey says four quakes — magnitude 3.0, 4.5, 3.0 and 3.1 — hit between about midnight and Saturday morning. An Inyo County sheriff’s dispatcher says no damage or injuries have been reported.
SCLC narrows finalists for president to two
ATLANTA — The civil rights group co-founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. narrowed the list of finalists for its next president Saturday to his youngest daughter and an Arkansas judge.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s board of directors will consider the Rev. Bernice King and Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen for the organization’s top spot. They will succeed the Rev. Byron Clay, who has served as interim president since February, when Charles Steele resigned after five years in the position.
The SCLC will hold elections to select the next president Oct. 29.
T. rex still looking for home after Las Vegas auction
LAS VEGAS — A fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex is still looking for a home after bidders failed to meet the minimum price Saturday at a Las Vegas auction.
But auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is in negotiations with a number of institutions and individuals, and Tom Lindgren, the company’s natural history director, said he’s confident a sale will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
The auctioneer had hoped bids would top $6 million for the T. rex dubbed “Samson.” The highest bid at Saturday’s auction at the Venetian hotel-casino was $3.7 million.
Mormon church to build five new temples
SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson announced plans to build five new temples in the United States and abroad.
Temples will be built in Brigham City, Utah; Fort Lauderdale; Concepcion, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; and Sapporo, Japan, Monson said Saturday.
Seven guests fall ill at wedding reception
MEREDITH, N.H. — Seven wedding guests have been taken to the hospital after fainting or feeling sick Saturday afternoon at a New Hampshire reception, and safety officials are investigating possible carbon monoxide exposure.
Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones says the victims appeared to be doing well after being treated at a hospital in the town about 40 miles north of Concord.
Texas golfer dies trying to retrieve stray ball
RICHARDSON, Texas — A Texas golfer died after he fell over an embankment while trying to retrieve his golf ball.
Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich says 61-year-old William Michael Grant of Garland was playing in a golf tournament Friday at Sherrill Park Golf Course when he overshot a green.
Police say Grant was trying to get his ball when witnesses saw him slip and fall about 10 feet. Perlich says it appears Grant broke his neck.
— Herald wire services