Federal judge lifts ban on horse roundup

RENO - The Bureau of Land Management can resume its roundup of dozens of wild mustangs in northern Nevada, but wranglers must limit their use of electric cattle prods and take other steps to ensure the animals are treated humanely, a federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du's formal order lifted an injunction she issued last week blocking the roundup of 50 horses near the Idaho-Nevada line.

During a hearing in her Las Vegas courtroom earlier Thursday, Du said she intended to grant the government's request to lift the injunction because opponents had failed to prove the agency lacked authority to remove the mustangs from the high desert.

South Carolina

Teacher may lose job for stomping on flag

CHAPIN - An English teacher at a South Carolina high school is facing disciplinary action after officials say he stomped on an American flag in front of his students in a bid to spur discussion.

Authorities say Scott Compton is accused of taking an American flag down from the wall and stomping on it during three of his classes last month at Chapin High School as part of a lesson. Attorney Darryl Smalls said Compton, who is on paid leave, was trying to generate discussion by using a powerful symbol his students were familiar with.

A local school superintendent has recommended that Compton be fired. The matter goes before a school board Monday.


Lottery winner's body might be exhumed

LOS ANGELES - Cook County prosecutors will seek to exhume the body of a 46-year-old Chicago lottery winner who authorities say died from cyanide poisoning, the medical examiner's office says.

Mary Paleologos, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, told the Los Angeles Times that a judge must approve the removal of Urooj Khan's remains. Then authorities must coordinate with the cemetery, she said, so the exhumation will probably not occur for several weeks.

Khan died July 20, weeks after winning a $1 million jackpot from the Illinois Lottery.


Tyler Perry offers $100K in cold cases

NAPLES - Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida.

Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous at a news conference Thursday in Naples to discuss the missing-person investigations of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. Santos and Williams disappeared three months apart in the Naples area in 2003 after crossing paths with Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins. He was never charged but was fired the next year.

Perry said the media was not paying enough attention to missing-person cases involving minorities. Williams was black and Santos was an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Wire reports