Body of Hudson's nephew believed found
CHICAGO, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A young boy's body found on Chicago's West Side Monday was thought to be that of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson's nephew, an FBI official said.
However, while the unnamed federal law enforcement official told ABC News the body of a black boy discovered in a sport utility was believed to be that of Julian King, 7, the network said official confirmation of the victim's identity was still pending.
The child's body was found about 3 a.m., several miles from where Hudson's mother and brother were slain, by a neighbor who looked inside the vehicle's window, WBBM-AM in Chicago reported.
WBBM and WLS-AM reported the body was in a white Chevrolet Suburban registered to Hudson's dead brother, Jason, and located just blocks from where police picked up William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister. While Balfour had not been charged in the killings, he was being held by police on a parole violation, the stations said.
The Chicago Tribune said the boy found in the back seat had been shot in the vehicle multiple times.
King has been missing since Hudson's brother and mother, Darnell Donerson, were discovered shot to death Friday in the family home on Chicago's South Side.
The Chicago Tribune quoted a family friend as saying Balfour had threatened to take Julian away from his mother.
Although police have yet to confirm the victim's identity, the Tribune said Hudson's family was on its way to the medical examiner's office to identify the child's remains.
TMZ also noted the Amber Alert for King has been called off.
Hudson Sunday offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the return of her nephew, who is the son of her sister Julia.
Obama urges voters to give country change
CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama returned to his message of change Monday as he spoke at a rally in Canton, Ohio.
"In one week, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need," Obama said.
He reiterated his positions on energy, national security, retirement protections, the financial meltdown, the two-front war and veterans affairs and the housing crisis. Obama also took on Republican candidate John McCain, saying "the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old Bush-McCain policies that have failed us for the last eight years."
He also took on those who called his economic plans socialistic.
"That's how we've always grown the American economy -- from the bottom-up," Obama said. "John McCain calls this socialism. I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that."
His vision of change "isn't just about new programs and policies," the Illinois senator said. "It's also about a new politics -- a politics that calls on our better angels instead of encouraging our worst instincts ... ."
Americans have a right to be fed up with their leaders in Washington, he said.
"But despite all of this," Obama said. "I ask you to believe -- not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours."
He said his campaign would work "like our future depends on it in this last week, because it does."
Before exhorting the audience to door-knock, make calls and "give me your vote," Obama said, "In one week, we can come together as one nation, and one people, and once more choose our better history."
McCain attacks Obama civil rights remarks
DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential contender John McCain Monday attacked Democrat Barack Obama's comments about redistributing wealth.
At a rally in Dayton, Ohio, McCain in prepared remarks hammered Obama for saying one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that it failed to "bring about redistributive change."
"That is what change means for Barack the Redistributor: It means taking your money and giving it to someone else," McCain railed. "He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs. He is more interested in controlling wealth than in creating it, in redistributing money instead of spreading opportunity."
McCain, who is running behind Obama in a number of polls, was on the attack in what is considered a must-win state for both candidates. McCain charged Obama wants to soak the rich and that his tax proposals would make a bad economy even worse.
"This is the fundamental difference between Senator Obama and me. We both disagree with President Bush on economic policy. The difference is that he thinks taxes have been too low, and I think that spending has been too high," McCain said.
No comment on alleged U.S. Syria raid
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The Bush administration Monday refused comment on reports U.S. troops conducted a raid into Syria from Iraq.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino and State Department spokesman Sean McCormack deflected questions about the alleged raid but McCormack acknowledged Syria had lodged a protest with Maura Connelly, the U.S. charge d'affaires.
The United States acknowledged a Special Operations mission involving four helicopters in the border area Sunday but did not release details, The New York Times reported. Syria, long considered a staging area for insurgent activity in Iraq, claimed eight people were killed.
Perino said she could not comment on whether the alleged mission was successful or even if it took place.
The Syrians said the raid was conducted in Abu Kamal, near the Iraqi border.
U.S. drone attack kills 20 in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. drone aircraft attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan region left two Taliban commanders and 18 other people dead, an official and a local resident say.
The unnamed sources said Taliban leaders killed in the Sunday night attack included Eida Khan, wanted for cross-border attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and Wahweed Ullah, who allegedly worked with al-Qaida in the region, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper said the drone fired missiles Sunday night at a compound in the village of Manduta, which is near Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, about 20 miles from the border with Afghanistan.
The Pakistani official said Khan and Ullah worked with the Jalaluddin Haqqani, an Islamic militant network based in South Waziristan. The Times said the attack was the 19th known strike in Pakistan's remote tribal regions by a remotely piloted Predator aircraft since August.