Jane Russell, star of '40s and '50s films, dies at 89

LOS ANGELES — Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western "The Outlaw," died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

Although Russell largely retired from Hollywood after her final film, 1970's "Darker Than Amber," she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield. She died at her home in Santa Maria.

Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, put her onto the path to stardom when he cast her in "The Outlaw," a film he fought with censors for nearly a decade to get into wide release.

Her only other notable film was "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," a 1953 musical co-starring Marilyn Monroe.

After experiencing problems in adopting her three children, Russell founded World Adoption International Agency, which has helped facilitate adoptions of more than 40,000 children from overseas.

ATF: Gun in agent's death traced to Texas

DALLAS — Three people suspected of smuggling guns to Mexico were arrested in a Dallas suburb on Monday after federal investigators traced the gun used in the killing of a U.S. agent in Mexico to one of them, officials said.

Agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the suspected gun smugglers in morning raids in the southern Dallas suburb of Lancaster, ATF spokesman Tom Crowley said. Crowley referred questions on other details to the U.S. Justice Department in Washington.

The ATF said the gun was used in a Feb. 15 shooting of two federal agents who were driving on a highway near the northern city of San Luis Potosi on Feb. 15. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed and agent Victor Avila was wounded.

Official: Houston day care operator has fled

HOUSTON — A Houston home day care operator left the kids she was caring for without adult supervision, while a stovetop burner was on, before a blaze that killed four children and injured three others, according to an arrest affidavit made public Monday.

Investigators believe the burner was the source of last week's fire.

Hours after the new details about the blaze were released, Houston fire department officials announced that day care operator Jessica Tata had fled the Unites States and they had asked the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston to help track her down.

Officials believe Tata, 22, has fled to her native Nigeria.