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Mexican man denied entry to bury U.S. son

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Mexican national said he has been barred from entering the United States to bury his 10-year-old son, a U.S. citizen who died Tuesday in a house fire in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed three other people.

Attorneys for Fidelmar "Fidel" Merlos-Lopez are trying to win humanitarian parole so he can attend the funeral, but they say U.S. Customs and Border Protection rebuffed their efforts.

Damien Lopez died in a Shenandoah row house along with his cousin, aunt and 7-month-old half-brother. The funeral is set for Monday.

"I told the customs officer that all I want is a permit to see my boy for one last time. They treat me as if I am a criminal," Lopez, 34, a bus driver, said.

He entered the United States illegally in 1995 and wound up in Shenandoah. He married a U.S. citizen who gave birth to Damien in 2002. He later divorced her.

In 2007, police stopped Lopez for running a red light and turned him over to immigration authorities. He agreed to leave the United States and began applying for legal permanent residence.



Turkey seeks return of contested artifacts

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The government of Turkey has asked the J. Paul Getty Museum and several other American museums to return artifacts that it believes were looted.

The Turkish government has contacted the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection to present evidence that objects in their collections may have been illegally excavated from the country's archaeological sites, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. It has threatened to halt all loans of art to those institutions until they respond.

Turkey believes the antiquities were stolen and smuggled out of the country after the passage of a 1906 law that gave Turkey ownership of antiquities in the ground.

The Times, citing a list provided by Turkish officials, said the country is asking for 10 objects from the Getty that were acquired from dealers, auction houses or collectors for more than $1 million.



Teams searching for distance runner

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) -- Search teams intensified efforts Saturday to find renowned long-distance runner Micah True, who mysteriously vanished four days ago after heading out for a morning run in the rugged wilderness near New Mexico's Gila National Forest.

True, 58, whose extreme-distance running prowess is detailed in the book "Born to Run," set out on what -- for him -- would have been a routine 12-mile run Tuesday from the Wilderness Lodge and Hot Springs, where he was staying. True, who left his dog behind at the lodge, never returned. A search began the next day.

Though daytime temperatures in southwest New Mexico have been mild, temperatures have dipped into the mid-20s on recent nights.

True was last seen wearing shorts and a T-shirt and carrying a water bottle.