Rear-facing car seats urged for kids till age 2

CHICAGO

rear-facing car seats urged for kids till 2

Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1, according to updated advice from a medical group and a federal agency. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued separate but consistent new recommendations today. Both say older children who've outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them. Booster seats help position adult seat belts properly on children's frames. Children usually can graduate from a booster seat when their height reaches 4 feet 9 inches. Children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat, the guidelines say.

FOND DU LAC, Wis.

One officer killed, another wounded

A Wisconsin man opened fire on police during a six-hour standoff at a house, killing one officer and critically wounding another, authorities said. Police in Fond du Lac were called to the house around 6:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate a sexual assault. Shortly after they arrived, the suspect started shooting at the officers, a news release said. SWAT teams surrounded the house during the standoff. Hours later, the suspect, James Cruckson, 30, was found dead inside the house from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

HOUSTON

Woman in day care fire is returning

A woman accused of fleeing the country after a fire at her Texas day care center killed four children began her trip back to the United States on Sunday to face manslaughter and other charges, a congresswoman said. Jessica Tata, 22, departed Lagos, Nigeria, and officials hoped she would be back in Houston within 24 hours, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston said. Authorities believe Tata fled to Nigeria two days after a Feb. 24 fire at her home day care center in Houston killed four children and hurt three others. Tata has been charged with manslaughter amid accusations that she left the youngsters alone at her home day care center while she shopped at a nearby store.

Seattle

Photos of Afghan killings published

A photograph of a U.S. soldier smiling as he posed with the bloodied and partially naked corpse of an Afghan civilian was among those published digitally Sunday by the German news organization Der Spiegel, despite attempts by Army officials to keep them under wraps as part of a war crimes inquiry. The photos were among several seized by Army investigators looking into the deaths of three unarmed Afghans last year. Five soldiers based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Seattle, have been charged with murder.

Associated Press

Rear-facing car seats urged for kids till age 2

03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 12:34am]

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