- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 17, 2009

Abducted tot found in Mexico

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. | A 3-year-old boy abducted from his family home in San Bernardino nearly two weeks ago by two armed men was reunited with his mother Saturday after police found him wandering a Mexican border town’s streets, sheriff’s officials said.

The reunion took place in the California border city of Calexico, a day after detectives and FBI agents received a call from officials in the neighboring Mexican city of Mexicali saying they found a boy who could be Briant Rodriguez, San Bernardino County sheriff’s Lt. Rick Ells said.

Lt. Ells said a municipal police officer in Mexicali found the boy walking the streets by himself late Thursday. Mexican authorities did not realize who the child was and didn’t issue an Amber Alert until Friday afternoon, he said.

Lt. Ells said Briant’s mother, Maria Rosalina Millan, and investigators boarded a plane to Calexico Friday night. An FBI agent crossed the border and handled immigration paperwork for the boy, who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, he said.

Mrs. Millan said two men burst into her home on May 3, tied up the family, stole money and other property, then left with her youngest child.

Swine flu virus continues spread

NEW YORK | The swine flu virus continues spreading in New York City - closing more schools and showing up in a jail - while the disease also reached farther into Asia among travelers returning from the United States.

An assistant school principal in New York remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday, and an inmate who entered the city’s jail complex on Rikers Island about a month ago was confirmed to have swine flu on Friday.

The city Department of Correction said that the flu hadn’t spread to other prisoners in the 13,200-inmate system.

The Rikers Island inmate, whose name or reason for being in custody wasn’t released, was improving since his hospitalization on Wednesday and wasn’t in serious condition, Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said.

Mr. Morello said the inmate came into contact with about 70 other prisoners in two housing units at the center, and all had been examined and none came down with the flu.

The jail canceled weekend visits for those inmates and advised any other inmates’ family members who were feeling ill not to come, he said. Surgical masks were passed out to those inmates and officers on the two housing units; hand sanitizer was given to everyone in the jails, he said.

Palin’s daughter graduates high school

WASILLA, Alaska | Gov. Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter is now a high school graduate.

Palin family spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said Bristol Palin, 18, received her Wasilla High School diploma Thursday night at a ceremony with her fellow classmates at the Wasilla Sports Complex.

The teenager gave birth in December to son Tripp, but has since separated from Levi Johnston, the boy’s father.

She is now a Teen Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation, an organization devoted to educating teenagers about the consequences of teen pregnancy.

Sarah Palin in August was picked as the Republican nominee for vice president and shortly after announced her daughter was pregnant.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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