NIPTON, Calif. --
A controversial war memorial cross has been stolen from its longtime home in the Mojave Desert, authorities said Tuesday.The cross had been challenged by critics who argued that a religious symbol shouldn't be allowed on public land, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to order it removed last month.
Officials said the thieves cut the bolts holding the metal-pipe cross down and took it either late Sunday or early Monday.
The cross was erected in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor World War I casualties.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.