December 3, 2008 in Nation/World

Richardson tabbed for Commerce post

 

President-elect Barack Obama will name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to head the Commerce Department at a news conference today in Chicago, according to transition sources.

The job will add to an already lengthy Washington resume for Richardson that includes stints as secretary of energy and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during President Bill Clinton’s administration, as well as nearly two decades as a congressman representing New Mexico.

Tracy, Calif.

Teen in shackle shows up at gym

A Girl Scout leader and her husband were arrested after an emaciated, terrified and nearly naked 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, saying he had just fled his captors, authorities said Tuesday.

Police were also seeking a third suspect.

The boy, who authorities said ran away from a Sacramento foster home last year, came into the In-Shape Sports Club in Tracy on Monday wearing only boxer briefs and covered in what appeared to be soot, gym manager Chuck Ellis said. Tracy is about 70 miles south of Sacramento.

Ellis said the teen was scared someone was going to come after him and asked to be hidden.

“He said, ‘Don’t let them get me, don’t let them get me,’ ” Ellis said. “He was totally terrified.”

The boy said he had been held captive for nearly a year, said Ellis, adding that he looked as if he was only 10 to 12 years old.

Authorities said they believe the boy had been chained to a car seat but picked up a dropped key, unlocked himself and fled when the car stopped.

From wire reports


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