American Scene: Federal warrant issued for 1980s ‘mountain man’

MONTANA

BILLINGS — The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against one of the notorious “mountain men,” a father-and-son duo convicted of kidnapping a world-class athlete in 1984, killing a would-be rescuer and eluding authorities for months.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday says Dan Nichols and two other men were involved in a statewide marijuana distribution ring that netted nearly $1.8 million. Federal marshals are searching for Mr. Nichols.

Authorities issued a warrant for Mr. Nichols‘ arrest last month for failing to appear on state drug charges filed last summer.

His father, Don Nichols, convicted of killing a man who tried to rescue former U.S. biathlon star Kari Swenson, remains in prison for the crimes. He has a parole hearing this month.

GEORGIA

HPV causes 26,000 cancers a year, CDC reports

ATLANTA — An estimated 26,000 cancers are caused each year by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Most of the 18,000 new diseases occurred among women in the form of cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina. However, 2,900 cases of anal cancer and 1,500 cases of neck and head cancers, all caused by HPV, were also diagnosed in women, the agency said.

Men had fewer HPV-caused cancers, but in addition to 400 cases of penile cancer and 1,600 cases of anal cancer, men had 5,900 cases of HPV-caused head and neck cancers, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Cervical screenings, HPV vaccinations, condom use and limiting the number of sex partners are recommended ways to prevent HPV-caused cancers, the CDC said.

CALIFORNIA

Science teacher fired for being in porn video

OXNARD — A Southern California science teacher has been fired for performing in a pornographic video.

Oxnard School District trustees voted in closed session Wednesday night to fire Stacie Halas, who taught seventh- and eighth-graders at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School.

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