hSisters who survivedHolocaust are reunited
JERUSALEM -- Sisters Hannah Katz, 78, left, and Klara Blaier, 81, are sisters who survived the Holocaust and moved separately to Israel in 1948, each unaware the other had survived. They were reunited over the weekend after 61 years with the help of a high-tech data base, a spokeswoman from the Israel Holocaust memorial said Sunday.
Attacks, strike addto worries in Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Guerrilla-style attacks that killed three police officers in Acapulco and a police strike in Cancun added to worries about security for Sunday's gubernatorial elections in three vacation-oriented Mexican states -- votes that could preview next year's national presidential campaign. Voters wearing bathing suits and plastic sandals filed though open-air polling places along Acapulco's posh Costera boulevard Sunday and in the hillside slums where many tourism industry workers live. The voting -- and likely postelection feuding -- in the states of Guerrero, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur could affect the 2006 presidential campaign.
Trial to begin for nurse
NOCONA, Texas -- Many in town who saw and chatted with Vickie Dawn Jackson thought the nurse was sweet, patient and kindhearted. Her family saw it differently. Jackson goes on trial this week, charged with injecting elderly patients with lethal drug doses, killing 10 and injuring another. Jury selection begins Tuesday. The case, according to Jackson's family, offers a glimpse of a woman who had one face for the world and a very different one for those close to her. "I don't know if she did it or not, but she's perfectly capable of it," Jackson's daughter, Jennifer Carson, told The Associated Press.
Infamous outlaw is free
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho's most infamous outlaw, Claude Dallas, was released from prison Sunday morning after serving 22 years for the execution-style slayings of two state officers in 1981. Dallas, 54, gained notoriety as both a callous criminal and a modern-day mountain man at odds with the government. He was released Sunday after his 30-year term was cut by eight years for good behavior. Dallas wore a light blue shirt, prison-issue jeans and a denim jacket as he walked out of the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino at 4:55 a.m., said Teresa Jones, an Idaho Department of Correction spokeswoman. He was picked up by a relative. "He doesn't want to talk to the media or make a big deal out of his release," said prison warden Kevin Kempf. "He just wants to go live his life." He was convicted of manslaughter in 1982 for the shooting deaths of Conley Elms and Bill Pogue, officers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game who were investigating reports that Dallas was poaching bobcats in southwestern Idaho.
Preschooler problem:Drinks are too sweet
CHICAGO -- Sweet drinks -- whether Kool-Aid with sugar or all-natural apple juice -- seem to raise the risk of pudgy preschoolers getting fatter, new research suggests. That may come as a surprise to parents who pride themselves on seeking out fruit drinks with no added sugar. "Juice is definitely a part of this," said lead researcher Jean Welsh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While fruit juice does have vitamins, nutritionists say it's inferior to fresh fruit. The new U.S. dietary guidelines, for example, urge consumers away from juice, suggesting they eat whole fruit instead. The bottom line, though, is that "children need very few calories in their day," Welsh said. "Sweet drinks are a source of added sugar in the diet." She said preschoolers were better off snacking on fruit or drinking water or milk. Welsh's research, published in the current issue of Pediatrics, found that for 3- and 4-year-olds already on the heavy side, drinking something sweet once doubled their risk of becoming seriously overweight a year later.