Students walk off jobs as part of tour program

HARRISBURG, Pa. —Companies involved in employing foreign students who walked off their jobs in protest at a facility that serves the Hershey chocolate manufacturer on Friday developed a plan to send the students on a trip to see some of the United States' cultural and historical landmarks, but leaders of the protesting students rejected the idea flatly.

Rick Anaya, chief executive of the Council for Educational Travel USA, the San Clemente, Calif.-based nonprofit company that helped bring the students to the U.S., said the plan emerged after a conference call with representatives of the other three companies involved in their employment at a chocolate distribution center near Hershey.

Students walked off the job at an Exel Inc.-run facility on Wednesday, saying the work was so strenuous and low-paying that they were unable to see very much of the country they came to visit.

Police renew search for missing woman

ELY, Nev. —Utah police on Friday searched abandoned mine shafts dotting the rugged mountains of eastern Nevada, a renewed attempt to find evidence that would lead them to a young mother who disappeared two years ago.

Susan Cox Powell was reported missing December 2009 after she failed to show up for her stockbroker job in West Valley City, Utah.

Her husband, Joshua Powell, told police he left his wife at home about 12:30 a.m. that day to go camping in freezing temperatures with their young sons — then ages 4 and 2