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Published: Friday, January 3, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 9:53 p.m.
Son of '57 civil rights activist killed by police
Police said they were called after neighbors saw Erin Eckford, 26, firing an assault rifle into the air Wednesday night. Police shot him with a bean bag round, then opened fire after he pointed the rifle at them, authorities said. He was struck six times, spokesman Sgt. Terry Hastings said.
Eckford, a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was the son of Elizabeth Eckford. She was among the students who broke the color barrier at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
FAA: No deaths in 2002 on commercial flights
The Federal Aviation Administration credited new air traffic control technology, better training and vigilance by the aviation industry. Agency spokesman Greg Martin said there were more than 13 million takeoffs and landings last year without a single death.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 brought the 2001 death toll to 525.
Los Alamos lab director resigns amid charges
Oil tanker ignored warnings before crash
The 800-foot Vicky lost some fuel after the crash in the English Channel on Wednesday and was listing slightly at anchor in Belgian waters, 18 miles from the North Sea port of Ostend. Damage was limited to the Turkish ship, whose double hull offered protection. That reduced the likelihood that the accident would cause the sort of environmental disaster that happened off Spain's coast six weeks ago, when a single-hulled tanker split in two and broke up with 20 million gallons aboard.
Officials: Suspects in Yemen had bigger plan
The murder suspects, Ali al-Jarallah and Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, gave police a list of eight targets during interrogation, the officials said on condition of anonymity.
The two are among 30 people detained so far in connection with Monday's killing of three missionaries and the wounding of a fourth at a Baptist hospital in southern Yemen.
- Compiled from
The Associated Press
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