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Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 1:07 a.m.

Oregon man charged in killing family captured

BAKER CITY, Ore. - A fugitive charged with killing his wife and three children and dumping their bodies in a forest was captured Saturday after a two week manhunt, prosecutors said.
Edward Morris, 37, was arrested without incident in a drug store parking lot here, said Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.
The bodies of Renee Morris, 31, Bryant, 10, Alexis, 8, and Jonathan, 4, were found by hunters Dec. 21 on an isolated road in the Tillamook State Forest.

Ivory Coast rebels agree to peace talks

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast's main rebel movement Saturday agreed to Paris peace talks with the government after mediation by the French foreign minister in a French diplomatic push to end the crippling war in its former West African colony.
"We are anxious to spare the lives of our people," said rebel leader Guillaume Soro after a two-hour meeting with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. Soro also promised his forces would respect a repeatedly violated cease-fire with government forces.

Six wounded during clashes in West Bank

JERUSALEM - Israeli troops were fired upon while patrolling the West Bank town of Jenin early Saturday, and five soldiers and one Palestinian were wounded in the ensuing gunfight, the army and witnesses said.
Four soldiers were injured slightly while the fifth suffered "moderate" injuries after being shot at during a routine patrol, the army statement said. The troops returned fire and wounded one of the attackers, the statement said.
But a Jenin resident disputed the army account.

ELF claims it set fire at auto dealership

PITTSBURGH - In the latest in a string of vandalism carried out in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, members of the radical environmental group are claiming responsibility for a fire at a Pennsylvania auto dealership.
A posting on the group's Web site said the "attack" targeted SUVs in a fight "to remove the profit motive from the killing of the natural environment."
Jugs of gasoline were set ablaze under three vehicles, engulfing them and a nearby car in flames Wednesday at a dealership in Girard, about 110 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Supporters of Chavez resume street protest

CARACAS, Venezuela - Supporters of President Hugo Chavez returned to the streets for another round of demonstrations Saturday, a day after two people were killed in clashes with police and he threatened to implement martial law.
Chavez's opponents, meanwhile, proposed raising money for a referendum on his rule.
Chavez supporters staged the march to demand an end to an opposition strike that has paralyzed the country's oil industry and to show support for the state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.
"This is a march to defend what belongs to all Venezuelans," said Guillermo Garcia Ponce, one of Chavez's closest political allies. "We aren't going to allow conspirators to destroy PDVSA as part of a plan to overthrow a popularly elected government."

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