Supai, Ariz.Flooding forces canyon evacuation

Days of heavy rains around the Grand Canyon created flooding that breached an earthen dam Sunday and forced helicopters to pluck scores of residents and campers from the gorge. No injuries were reported.

The weather and dam breach caused flooding in a side canyon containing a village where about 400 members of the Havasupai tribe live, said Gerry Blair, a spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Department.

There were no confirmed reports of damage in the village, Supai, which is on high ground, Blair said. Many residents and campers chose to stay there, Blair said.

"We're not as concerned about it as we initially were," he said.

About 150 people had fled by helicopter, and evacuations were to continue until dark for those who wanted to leave, Blair said.

San Angelo, Texas

Officials want 8 kids taken from sect

More than two months after being forced to return children from a polygamist sect to their parents, Texas child welfare authorities want eight of the youngsters back in foster care.

Individual hearings for the four mothers of the children, ranging in age from 5 to 17, are set to begin today.

Child Protective Services has asked Texas District Judge Barbara Walther to return the children to foster care because their mothers allegedly have refused to limit their contact with men accused of being involved in underage marriages.

Authorities swept roughly 440 children living at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado into foster care in April. Officials said the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was forcing girls into underage marriages and grooming boys to be adult abusers.

Six weeks later, the Texas Supreme Court forced CPS to return them to their parents.

Elsewhere

DALLAS: A body found in a remote area was identified as the clerk whose abduction from a store in a small North Texas town was recorded by security cameras, authorities said Sunday. A man suspected in the abduction led investigators to the body Saturday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday night after a nagging injury prompted him to clear his schedule and cancel a weekend appearance in Lake Tahoe.

SONORA, Calif.: A man was rescued from an abandoned gold mine Sunday after tumbling more than 100 feet and spending two nights at the bottom of the shaft, authorities said.

Campaign 2008: Democrat Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail Sunday after a weeklong vacation in Hawaii and claimed that he is the candidate who can fix the nation's economic woes. Republican John McCain visited the Orange County Emergency Operations Center near Orlando.

Times wires

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