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Missing woman's sons in care of her parents

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The children of a Utah woman who's been missing since late 2009 have been placed in the care of her parents.

Sherry Hill, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Children's Administration, said Tuesday that the department's legal counsel had confirmed in court that the 4- and 6-year-old sons of Susan and Josh Powell would remain with Susan's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, pending future court orders.

The boys had been living with Josh Powell and his father, Steve, in Puyallup, but the children were taken out of the home last week after Steve was arrested on charges of voyeurism and possessing child pornography. John Long, the assistant attorney general representing the Children's Administration, told a judge Tuesday that Josh Powell is also a subject in that investigation -- prompting Josh to quickly deny any such activity.

"I have had nothing to do with any kind of illegal pornography," he said.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer has said that everyone in Steve Powell's house is a person of interest in Susan's disappearance.



Satellite debris falls in remote south Pacific

WASHINGTON (AP) -- That dead NASA satellite fell into what might be the ideal spot -- part of the south Pacific Ocean about as far from large land masses as you can get, U.S. space officials said Tuesday.

New U.S. Air Force calculations put the 6-ton satellite's death plunge early Saturday thousands of miles from northwestern North America, where there were reports of sightings. Instead, it plunged into areas where remote islands dot a vast ocean.

NASA says those new calculations show the 20-year-old climate research satellite entered Earth's atmosphere generally above American Samoa. But falling debris as it broke apart didn't start hitting the water for another 300 miles to the northeast, southwest of Christmas Island, just after midnight EDT Saturday. Experts believe about two dozen metal pieces from the bus-sized satellite fell over a 500-mile span. "It's a relatively uninhabited portion of the world, very remote," NASA orbital debris scientist Mark Matney said.

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