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Missing Wash. boy’s relatives to take polygraphs

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The father of a missing Washington state toddler and several of his relatives are voluntarily taking polygraph exams as hope for finding the child alive begins to fade.

But Bellevue Police Maj. Mike Johnson told a news conference Wednesday that the boy’s mother still refuses to take a lie-detector test. He called that puzzling and suspicious.

The woman, Julia Biryukova, told investigators that her 2-year-old son, Sky Metalwala, vanished Sunday in Bellevue when she left him sleeping alone in her unlocked car for an hour after it ran out of gas. Police say she told them she was on her way to a hospital because the boy didn’t feel well when the car stalled.

Dow sinks 3 percent as Europe uncertainty deepens

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 400 points Wednesday after Italy’s borrowing costs soared and talks collapsed in Greece on forming a new government.

The yield on the benchmark Italian government bond spiked above 7 percent, evidence that investors are losing faith in the country’s ability to repay its debt. Greece, Portugal and Ireland required bailouts when their bond yields rose above the same mark. Unlike those countries, Italy’s $2.6 trillion in debt is too large for other European countries to rescue

U.S. OKs winding down BP spill cleanup

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A government plan that ends most of BP’s responsibility for cleaning up oil washing onto the Gulf Coast marks a shift toward restoration efforts by the company, but many in the region are worried about who will handle the monitoring of long-term effects from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Still, a top company official said in an interview that BP is ready to respond to any oil that’s deemed its responsibility. Obama signs order to cut travel, cellphones, swag

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their work.

The ban he signed Wednesday is part of a broader executive order to cut some $4 billion in waste and make government more efficient. Some office equipment will simply be scarcer, and fewer cell phones and laptops will be issued.

Obama has been using his executive powers on modest proposals — Wednesday’s order targets trinkets like coffee cups, T-shirts and pens — to promote job creation, help homeowners or, in this case, redirect spending.

Utah drops case against polygamist 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah prosecutors dropped charges Wednesday against a polygamist sect leader serving a life sentence in Texas in a separate case.

“As a result of the conviction in Texas, we decided not to bring him back to Utah for a re-trial,” said Brian Filter, senior deputy attorney for Washington County.

Jeffs, 55, is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was sentenced to life in prison in August on charges of sexually assaulting two of his underage brides.


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