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Judge says return Thorpe's remains

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Judge says return Thorpe's remains

A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Friday that proceedings should begin to return the remains of Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe to Oklahoma, a major step in a decadeslong battle that Thorpe's sons and his American Indian tribe have waged to return his body to the place where he grew up.

Thorpe is buried in Jim Thorpe, Pa., a small town that renamed itself to persuade his widow to bring his body there shortly after his death in 1953 in hopes of launching a tourism industry. Patsy Thorpe and city officials signed a contract, and Thorpe's body has lain in a mausoleum in a tiny park ever since.

But the ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo rejected the city's bid to keep the namesake, ruling that the federal Native American Graves and Repatriation Act mandated that the remains be returned. The city said it had not decided whether to appeal.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Detainees on hunger strike grow at Gitmo

The number of detainees at the wartime prison at Guantanamo Bay deemed to be on a hunger strike by the military spiked again Friday, to 63. Defense lawyers contend that the overwhelming majority of the 166 prisoners have been participating in the protest.

Still, the official count of 63 was an increase from 52 on Wednesday. On April 12, the eve of a predawn and briefly violent raid by guards who forced prisoners living in communal cellblocks into lockdown in individual cells, there were 43 participating.

Lawyers for the detainees say their clients attributed the protest to a searching of Korans for contraband on Feb. 6. Military officials contend that there was nothing different about that search from previous ones.

Pakistan

Musharraf arrested, confined to home

Pakistani police arrested former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and confined him to his opulent farm house Friday in a case he has called "politically motivated," centering on his 2007 suspension of the constitution and mass firing of senior judges.

The former autocrat's arrest, after he dramatically fled from court Thursday to avoid detention, pits an increasingly assertive judiciary against a powerful military leadership that considers Musharraf one of its own, even if he is no longer well liked among the brass.

Elsewhere

Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late President Hugo Chavez, was sworn in as president Friday despite refusal by a newly confident opposition to accept defeat in a hotly contested election.

Cameroon: A French family with four children kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Cameroon was freed after two months in captivity, officials said Friday.

Times wires

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