GREENSBURG, Pa. - A couple and their three teenage children held a woman captive for six months, referring to her as their "slave" as they beat her, forced her to do chores and threatened her life and the lives of her relatives, police said Wednesday. All five members of the family, ranging in age from 43 to 16, were arrested on charges of kidnapping and making terroristic threats. They had not entered pleas Wednesday but denied wrongdoing. The accuser, Emily Nicely, 19, said she went to live with the family voluntarily but alleges she had been forced to stay with them since September, authorities said. Police were called March 10 after a man whose newspaper was delivered by the family reported seeing bruises on the young woman. "She had injuries on every part of her body," police Capt. George Seranko said. A hospital examination also revealed that she had a concussion. Nicely told police her own family had moved out of Greensburg, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, and that she moved in with Mark and Cynthia Pollard's family last summer so she could finish high school in the same district. However, officials said she was last enrolled in the 2004-05 school year.
Iranian leader says nation may pursue â€˜illegal' steps
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TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's top leader warned Wednesday his country will pursue "illegal actions" if the U.N. Security Council insists it halt uranium enrichment, an apparent reference to nuclear activities outside international regulations. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned the United States that Iran would fight back with "all its capacities" if attacked. "Until today, what we have done has been in accordance with international regulations," Khamenei said. "But if they take illegal actions, we too can take illegal actions and will do so." He did not elaborate on what the "illegal actions" could be, but Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the agreement under which the U.N. inspections are held. Iran says it will never give up its right under the treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel. But it has offered to provide guarantees that its nuclear program won't be diverted toward weapons.
Boy Scout recovering from dehydration, cold
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 12-year-old Boy Scout rescued after spending four days lost in the rugged North Carolina mountains remained hospitalized Wednesday, recovering from severe dehydration and exposure to cold. Michael Auberry had lost feeling in his fingers and toes by the time rescue workers found him Tuesday morning. But his father, who said his son was experiencing "frost nip," said feeling was returning to his son's fingers and doctors expected the same for his toes. Kent Auberry said his son was even cracking a few jokes. "Just the difference between yesterday and today, Michael is coming back to us," Auberry said. "This was a pretty traumatic experience for him."