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Boy, 13, charged with killing infant
CLEVELAND A 13-year-old boy was charged with murder and child endangering yesterday in the beating death of his 8-week-old daughter.
Brandon Miller entered denials to the charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Denials are the equivalent of not guilty pleas in adult court.
He was arrested Monday in the death of Diamond Miller, who died from massive head injuries and internal bleeding at a hospital a day earlier.

Congressman freed after 3 days in jail

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez left federal prison yesterday, three days after his arrest for trespassing during U.S. Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
The Illinois Democrat posted the required $900 of his $3,000 bail and was released from a federal detention center outside San Juan. More than 160 protesters have been arrested and charged with trespassing on federal property since Friday, when the Navy resumed bombing exercises on the island.

First Hispanic to lead ACLU

NEW YORK A New York public interest lawyer was named yesterday to lead the American Civil Liberties Union, becoming the first Hispanic and openly homosexual man to do so.
Anthony D. Romero, 35, currently serves as a director of the Ford Foundations program for human rights and international cooperation.

Space shuttle lands in California

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. Shooed from rainy Florida, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-man crew landed in California yesterday morning after installing a billion-dollar robot arm for the International Space Station.
Mission Control waved Endeavour off two chances to return to Cape Canaveral, Fla., because of rain, wind and clouds.

Christian groups stall anti-bullying bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. A bill designed to stop bullying in schools has stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from Christian conservatives who say it is really a homosexual-rights measure.
Teachers, police, Gov. Gary Locke and Attorney General Christine Gregoire said the legislation is needed to protect picked-on children. But the states chapter of the Christian Coalition said it could be seen as trying to prevent some students from condemning homosexuality.

Gene causes babies with sex anomalies

The presence of an extra copy of a human sex gene can transform an embryo from boy to girl and produce genitalia that doctors cannot determine to be male or female, researchers said yesterday.
Researchers at UCLA, who conducted a study appearing in the American Journal of Human Genetics, said the problem of babies born with this condition was relatively common. They said they hoped their findings would help doctors accurately ascertain the sex of these babies and perhaps lead to ways of correcting the defect before birth.
Eric Vilain and colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles pinpointed WNT-4, a signaling gene, as one of a handful of genes known to be responsible for human sex determination.
Mild cases of malformed genitalia are seen in 1 percent of all births. Severe cases occur in one out of 3,000 births.

Florida restricts suits against gun makers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida became the 26th state to restrict lawsuits against gun makers yesterday when Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law a measure preventing local governments from suing manufacturers for gun-related injuries and deaths.
Flanked by state lawmakers and a past president of the National Rifle Association, Mr. Bush said the law would protect companies that manufacture legal products from taxpayer-financed lawsuits.

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