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Digest

Body of burglar found in air duct on school's roof

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 26, 2007


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PHOENIX

The body of a man who apparently tried to break into an elementary school was discovered Friday in an air conditioning duct on the school's roof, police said.

The body at Sierra Vista Elementary School was found as a plumber investigated a foul odor noticed by cafeteria staff, said Roosevelt School District superintendent Mark Dowling.

Authorities think the man tried to climb through the duct, got stuck and died. It wasn't known how long the body was there. A district spokeswoman said that the school was locked down after the discovery, but that, contrary to early reports, there was never an evacuation.

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DALLAS: Two days of heavy storms and flooding have killed five people in central Texas, and bad weather was expected to continue pounding the Plains over the holiday weekend.

ALEXANDRIA, VA.: A U.S. contractor who worked at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was sentenced to 41 months in prison Friday for possessing child pornography that he obtained using the prison's computer network.

ST. GEORGE, UTAH: Warren Jeffs, the leader of a polygamous sect, is competent to stand trial on charges tied to the spiritual marriage of a 14-year-old girl to an older cousin, a judge ruled.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF.: A test of the nation's long-range missile defense system was aborted Friday when a target rocket failed to fly high enough to trigger the interceptor missile, officials said.

WASHINGTON: Col. Virgil T. Deal, a senior commander at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who was placed on leave this month, has been returned to full duty after an investigation cleared him of responsibility for leadership failures at the facility, a hospital official said Friday.

[Last modified May 26, 2007, 00:15:46]


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