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Search for Mich. boys continues

MORENCI, Mich. —A small southern Michigan town has been humbled by tragedy but its people are determined to find three young brothers missing for nearly a week, the mayor said Thursday.

Morenci Mayor Keith Pennington said he is still hopeful the boys are alive, although police have said they don't expect a positive outcome. It's been a week since Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner Skelton, 5, were last seen.

"We will not be satisfied until our boys are home," Pennington said.

Their father, John Skelton, 39, is fighting extradition from Ohio to Michigan, where he faces three kidnapping charges.

Volunteers and authorities searched along roads and in rivers, lakes and a gravel pit in Ohio, just miles from the town where the boys lived and were last seen on Thanksgiving. Morenci, a community of about 2,000 residents, is 75 miles southwest of Detroit.

Judge rejects request from Terry Nichols

DENVER — A federal judge isn't changing her ruling dismissing a lawsuit Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols filed over his prison diet.

Nichols is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado for his role in the 1995 bombing of the federal building that killed 168 people. He had alleged religious discrimination because the prison won't give him high-fiber whole foods that he says he needs as a Christian.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello dismissed his lawsuit in August, but Nichols challenged that. Arguello this week affirmed her ruling. She says Nichols can't claim religious discrimination over the nutritional content of his meals and that the right to practice one's religion while in prison isn't absolute.

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