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Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Shawn Baxter waits to advise the media at the Yearning for Zion Ranch, Thursday, April 17, 2014, near Eldorado, Texas. State agents have seized the property, which belonged to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and was where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations. The group's leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving life in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides. The state sought to seize the property over allegations of mismanagement by Jeffs. (AP Photo/San Angelo Standard-Times, Jennifer Rios)ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex abuse allegations.


South Korea ferry death toll rises, hopes fade for hundreds missing

A family member of a passenger onboard the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol cries while praying during a Buddhist ritual in JindoBy Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry rose to 25 on Friday as parents of missing schoolchildren blamed the ship's captain for the tragedy after he and shipping company officials made emotional apologies for the loss of life. Song paid tribute to Park Ji-young, one of the crew members who died after escorting children to safety and helping them don life jackets.


4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.


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