National & World Briefs

Published: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 10:00 p.m.

U.N. inspectors block off area, angering citizens

  • BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.N. weapons inspectors blocked off a huge complex on the edge of Baghdad Sunday, angering men, women and children who were kept from leaving the area as arms experts visited a facility inside.
    A high-ranking Iraqi diplomat, who was caught up with the angry group, called the action "unacceptable."
    The inspectors arrived in a convoy of white vans to check one of about 10 government buildings within a gated area, which includes apartment blocks. Following their usual practice of "freezing" the area, the arms experts wound up blocking hundreds of people from leaving for hours.

    Man steals aircraft to call attention to cause

  • FRANKFURT, Germany - A man stole a small aircraft at gunpoint Sunday and flew it over downtown Frankfurt, circling skyscrapers and threatening to crash into the European Central Bank. He landed safely after about two hours and was arrested.
    The man told a television station he wanted to call attention to Judith Resnik, a U.S. astronaut killed in the 1986 post-launch explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

    Democrats still critical of Bush economic plan

  • WASHINGTON - Even before President Bush details his economic plan, Senate Democrats on Sunday sharpened their criticism, previewing the battle ahead in Congress on how best to promote growth and jobs.
    Democrats said they wanted to help the middle class while the president's proposal, to be made public in a speech Tuesday in Chicago, would benefit the wealthy and corporations. The White House says Bush was assembling a plan to strengthen growth, create jobs and help people who are in need.

    Report: Journalist tried to sell cloning exclusive

  • NEW YORK - The former ABC News science editor who said he would verify claims that the first human clone had been born tried months ago to sell exclusive coverage of the cloning to the major broadcast networks, according to a report published Sunday.
    CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO and Fox Entertainment all were approached by freelance television journalist Michael Guillen, The New York Times reported.
    At Fox, Guillen proposed a reality-based show on the cloning process, starting before the births, the Times said. He even offered to produce it and be the on-air host, but Fox rejected the proposal.

    Man captured, charged with killing wife, 3 kids

  • PORTLAND, Ore. - As Linda and Thom Martin cruised through desolate eastern Oregon, something about the gray van in front of them on Interstate-84 clicked.
    "We see this van, we saw it at the same time, and we said, 'Oh, is that it? Is that the number?' " said Linda Martin, 58. At the wheel was Edward Morris, who had eluded police for two weeks before he was captured Saturday and charged with killing his pregnant wife and three children along a snowy side road in the Tillamook State Forest.

    Former prime minister wins Lithuanian runoff

  • VILNIUS, Lithuania - Rolandas Paksas, a former prime minister who flew a stunt plane to promote his candidacy, won Lithuania's presidential runoff Sunday, unofficial returns showed. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Lithuania's Central Election Commission said Paksas had 54.9 percent of the ballots cast, compared with President Valdas Adamkus' 45 percent. Official results will be announced Jan. 10.
    - Compiled from The Associated Press
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