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3 climbers missing on Mount Hood

PORTLAND — Rescue crews searched Saturday for three climbers missing on Oregon’s Mount Hood after they sent a text message.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office said the two men and one woman were experienced and well-equipped.

Sheriff’s spokesman Detective Jim Strovink said the climbers were making a technical ascent of the mountain on the west side near Reid Glacier.

The glacier ranges in elevation from about 6,000 feet to 9,800 feet. The upper extent of the glacier is known for extensive crevasses.

The three were expected back at 2 p.m. Friday. They did not have a radio beacon but they did have a cell phone, and sent a text message at 1 a.m. Saturday.

PENNSYLVANIA

Student attacks bring federal lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA — A national Asian American advocacy organization said it plans to file a federal civil rights complaint against the Philadelphia School District after a series of attacks on Asian students at South Philadelphia High School.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said it would accuse the school district of violating the equal protection rights of the students.

Dozens of students have been boycotting classes at the school. They said that the Dec. 3 assaults were racially motivated and that the school hasn’t done enough to prevent violence.

The principal has apologized to students, and the school said it was getting better security and was planning diversity programs.

UTAH

Friends, family pray for mom’s return

WEST VALLEY CITY — Friends and family of Susan Powell, 28, the mother who disappeared nearly a week ago, are fasting and praying for her safe return as volunteers post thousands of fliers with her image on it.

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