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FEDS ARREST 61 MOTORCYCLE GANG MEMBERS

LOS ANGELES

Dozens of burly, tattoo-covered members of the Mongol motorcycle gang were arrested Tuesday by federal agents in six states following a three-year investigation in which undercover agents infiltrated the group. The 61 members of the Southern California-based Mongol Motorcycle Club were arrested under a federal racketeering indictment that included charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, as well as gun and drug violations, said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Mike Hoffman. U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien said he believed it to be the highest number of arrests of a motorcycle gang in the nation's history.

WASHINGTON

Deaths prompt recall of cribs

A recall of nearly 1.6-million cribs, triggered by the suffocations of two 8-month-old infants, has prompted a government agency to urge parents to inspect older drop-side cribs for safety problems. Both of the suffocations involved infants who got stuck in a gap created when the movable side came off its guide track. The recall was announced Monday. The Delta Enterprises recall included 985,000 drop-side cribs manufactured in Taiwan and Indonesia and sold by major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target.com, between January 1995 and September 2007. The recall also included 600,000 cribs with spring-loaded safety pegs that were manufactured in China and sold between January 2000 and January 2007. For details on the recall, visit www.cribrecallcenter.com or www.cpsc.gov.

SAN FRANCISCO

Protester tries to handcuff Karl Rove

An antiwar protester confronted former Bush administration aide Karl Rove while he spoke at a San Francisco mortgage bankers' meeting on Tuesday. A statement by the group Code Pink identified the woman as 58-year-old Janine Boneparth, who tried to handcuff Rove in what she called a citizen's arrest for "treason." Rove, who was speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual convention, elbowed Boneparth away as she was escorted off the stage. In total, five Code Pink members were removed from the hall during Rove's appearance. The organization says none of the five women were charged.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas

Killer apologizes before execution

An inmate who murdered a sleeping man during a burglary apologized to his victim's family and sang a hymn before he was executed Tuesday evening. Joseph Ries expressed love to friends who watched through a death chamber window and urged them to stay strong because "Jesus is coming back soon." Looking toward another window, he told two daughters of his victim he was "really sorry for what I've done." Ries said he prayed that they would find peace through God. As the lethal drugs began flowing, he started to sing a hymn. "Our God is an awesome God," he sang. "Lord I lift your name on high." Ries, 29, was executed for fatally shooting Robert Ratliff after breaking into the 64-year-old's rural Hopkins County home in 1999.

Elsewhere

New York: An anti-war protester confronted former Bush administration aide Karl Rove while he spoke at a San Francisco mortgage bankers' meeting.

San Antonio, Texas: A new $15-million veterinary hospital for dogs working for the military opened Tuesday at Lackland Air Force Base.

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