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Police arrest man in airport disturbance

DETROIT (MCT) ?— FBI officials have charged a 27-year-old Ohio man with violating airport security requirements after he allegedly ran past a security checkpoint at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, refused orders to stop and was shot with a Taser on Monday morning.

FBI Special Agent Michael Thomas filed the criminal complaint Monday against Kaylan Policherla in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

In the report, Thomas said Policherla walked through the checkpoint and metal detector with his hands concealed within his jacket pockets. He didn't have a ticket or identification, authorities said.

He ran past the security checkpoint at the McNamara Terminal about 7:45 a.m. and refused to stop when ordered by Transportation Security Administration officers, said Jim Fotenos, TSA spokesman.

The incident caused a partial evacuation at the airport, and passengers were required to be re-screened. Flights were delayed by nearly an hour.

Sheen charged with menacing his wife

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Actor Charlie Sheen was charged Monday with felony menacing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief stemming from a Christmas Day incident in which he allegedly held a knife to his wife's throat in their rented Aspen, Colo., home.

Colorado 9th District Court Judge James B. Boyd allowed Sheen to return to Los Angeles with his wife, Brooke Mueller, and modified a protective order that had prohibited Sheen and Mueller from seeing each other.

Sheen is scheduled to return to court March 15. He and Mueller embraced after the hearing in Aspen and left the courthouse in separate vehicles. The "Two and a Half Men" star was arrested Dec. 25 in Aspen after Mueller called police, saying she feared for her life. Sheen and Mueller had been arguing early that morning when she said she wanted a divorce, according to an affidavit.

Father's age less important in autism

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A woman's chance of having a child with autism increase substantially as she ages, but the risk may be less for older dads than previously suggested, a new study analyzing more than 5 million births found.

"Although fathers' age can contribute risk, the risk is overwhelmed by maternal age," said University of California at Davis researcher Janie Shelton, the study's lead author.

Mothers older than 40 were about 50 percent more likely to have a child with autism than those in their 20s; the risk for fathers older than 40 was 36 percent higher than for men in their 20s.

Even at that, the study suggests the risk of a woman over 40 having an autistic child was still less than four in 1,000, one expert noted.

The study was released Monday in the February issue of the journal Autism Research.

Maureen Durkin, a University of Wisconsin researcher who also has studied the influence of parents' age on autism, said it's important to note that the increased risks are small and that most babies born to older mothers do not develop autism.

Durkin said the overall low risk for autism "may be the most important take-home message," especially for prospective parents.

15 years for man who stole data for China

LOS ANGELES — A Chinese-born aerospace engineer who had access to sensitive material while working with a pair of major defense contractors in Southern California was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison for acquiring secret space shuttle data and other information for China.

U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in Santa Ana imposed a 188-month prison term on Dongfan "Greg" Chung, 73, a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Orange, Calif.

Carney declared he could not "put a price tag" on national security and sought to send a signal to China to "stop sending your spies here," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Chung, who worked at Boeing's Huntington Beach plant, denied being a spy and said he was gathering documents for a book, not for espionage. His attorneys argued much of the material was already available on the public record.

Wild-horse roundup delayed until summer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal land managers said Monday they'll delay a roundup of most of the nearly 600 wild horses in a range in eastern Nevada, at least until after the herd's spring foaling season.

Advocates fighting to stop mustang roundups in the West said they think their threat to file a lawsuit stopped the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from beginning a roundup next week of almost 500 wild horses in the Eagle Herd Management Area.

"We're pleased that the BLM has postponed another ill-conceived, illegal and inhumane wild-horse roundup," said William Spriggs, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer for In Defense of Animals based in San Rafael, Calif.

Spriggs said by telephone that he's seeking a moratorium on roundups until Congress reviews whether the government should continue removing horses from the range.

But Chris Hanefeld, spokesman for the BLM office in Ely, wouldn't link Spriggs' threat to sue in Washington with the bureau decision in Nevada to postpone the Eagle herd area gather. It had been scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

Lottery winner has few plans for money

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Retired Asheville Fire Department employee Frank Griffin is $47 million richer, but he has few grand plans for the money. He mainly wants to spend more time with his wife.

"I may get us a new house later, but I really want to spend more time with her and my grandchildren," Griffin said Monday at a news conference where he was introduced as the sole winner of the $141 million Powerball lottery jackpot. Griffin, 66, choose the $69 million cash over the $141 million annuity. That equals about $47 million after state and federal taxes are paid, said Tom Shaheen, executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery.