Pa. GI getting Medal of Honor

A Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on a grenade in Iraq to save the lives of his comrades at the cost of his own will be awarded the Medal of Honor.

The nation's highest military honor will be given to Army Pfc. Ross McGinnis, 19, of Knox, Clarion County, on June 2, the White House said yesterday.

McGinnis was in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee on Dec. 4, 2006, when a grenade sailed past him and into the vehicle where four other soldiers sat. He shouted a warning, then jumped on the grenade while it was lodged near the vehicle's radio.

Fugitive in date-rape drugging

Authorities in California yesterday were searching for a man charged with giving a date-rape drug to former Russian Olympic ice-dancing gold-medalist Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk.

The two-time Olympic gold-medalist said James R. Halstead, of Santa Ana, had encouraged her to order a drink as they waited for a dinner table at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Orange County on April 12. Halstead, 61, of Santa Ana, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of administering a drug to Grishuk with the intent of having sex with her.

Grishuk had known Halstead, an insurance salesman, for two years but was not romantically involved with him, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The pair met to discuss starting a clothing and vitamin line, Amormino said.

Comcast dumps cable systems

Comcast Corp. is trying to sell 46 cable systems serving 400,000 to 500,000 subscribers as it seeks to improve efficiency by shedding outlying operations.

Most of the cable systems are in eight states - Maine, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Virginia, Georgia, West Virginia and California.

Robert Serrano, an analyst at SNL Kagan in Monterey, Calif., said Comcast could get $3,000 to $4,500 per subscriber, although the actual cost would vary depending on the asset.

Clinton regrets RFK reference

Sen. Hillary Clinton quickly apologized yesterday after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in her decision to keep running for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds.

"I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever," the former first lady said.

The episode occurred as Clinton campaigned in advance of the South Dakota primary.

Responding to a question about calls for her to drop out of the race, she said: "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don't understand it," she said.

12 sect kids, parents to reunite

State child-welfare authorities have agreed to reunite 12 children from a west Texas polygamist sect with their parents until the state Supreme Court rules on their custody case.

Teresa Kelly, a spokeswoman for the parents' lawyer, says Child Protective Services agreed yesterday to allow the parents to live with their children in the San Antonio area under state supervision.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that CPS had been wrong to seize more than 440 children from a ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The state yesterday appealed that ruling to the Texas Supreme Court. *

- Daily News wire services