Obama aids American in West Bank custody battle

An American woman fighting to get back four daughters living in the West Bank with their Palestinian father has gotten unusually high-powered help - from Barack Obama. The US presidential hopeful raised the case of the Chicago-area woman in his meeting with Palestinian leaders last week, and won a promise from the prime minister to look into the matter. Colleen Bargouthi, 36, said her husband of 14 years moved the family to the West Bank under the pretext of a vacation, and that he has refused to let the girls, ages 5-11, return to the US. Yasser Bargouthi, 38, said his wife agreed to move to the Palestinian territories for a fresh start after she took an overdose of anti-depressants.