Rebel flag ban upheld by judgeKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge threw out a former student’s free speech lawsuit Tuesday, saying a Tennessee school’s ban on Confederate clothing was a reasonable attempt to prevent disruptions because of racial threats at the school. Anderson County High School had banned Tommy Defoe from wearing a belt buckle and T-shirt bearing the Confederate Rebel flag. Defoe’s lawyers say the ruling likely will be appealed.
Open gas flask halts searchWASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is halting its search for World War I-era chemical weapons in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood after workers found an open glass flask containing traces of the chemical agent mustard. During World War I, mustard gas was used to cause blisters, temporary blindness, breathing problems and vomiting and could be fatal in high doses. Corps of Engineers officials said safety procedures will be reviewed before the excavation continues.
80 pit bulls seized in raidPAOLI, Ind. — Authorities have seized about 80 pit bull terriers during raids at two southern Indiana sites suspected of breeding and training dogs for illegal fighting. Adam Parascandola of the Humane Society of the United States said many dogs had scars and marks consistent with fighting. Brian E. Denny, 39, of French Lick was arrested. EUROPE
Mine victims mournedBRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia observed a day of mourning Wednesday for 20 victims of a fire and explosion in the Handlova coal mine, one of the worst accidents in the country’s history. The explosion, caused by gases released in the fire, trapped the miners in a shaft about 1,100 feet below the surface Monday.
Man arrested in jewel heistLONDON — Police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a daring daytime heist that netted $65 million worth of jewelry from a prominent London diamond merchant last week. Police said the 50-year-old man, who was subsequently released on bail, is not one of two men captured in security camera footage released by Scotland Yard.
Iran seeks way to guard nukesVIENNA, Austria — Iran wants a 150-nation conference to ban military strikes on nuclear facilities. Iran proposed the initiative Wednesday and wants it put to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference next month. Diplomats said the move is geared toward increasing pressure on Israel, which has not ruled out air attacks to cripple Iran’s nuclear program. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ONLINE "ï¿½ To read more national and international stories, go to NewsOK.com.