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Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 9:32 p.m.

Three Palestinians killed in shooting, explosion

JERUSALEM - Two Palestinians threw grenades Monday at an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip and were shot dead by Israeli troops, and an Islamic Jihad activist was killed in an explosion in the West Bank - the latest incidents in escalating violence two weeks before Israel's election.
In the Gaza incident, the two attackers charged the bus as it left the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, a senior army officer said. Troops opened fire, killing the assailants. In a valley near Nablus, Islamic Jihad fugitive Raami Abu Bakr was killed and another activist, Fuad Ahmed, was wounded in an explosion.
- The Associated Press

CNN news chief leaves for post with think tank

  • NEW YORK - Walter Isaacson, the CNN chief who tried to modernize the network as it fell behind Fox News Channel in the ratings, said Monday he was quitting this spring to take a job at a think tank.
    The former Time magazine executive will head the Aspen Institute, which tries to involve world leaders in solving global problems. He will be based in Washington. Isaacson will be succeeded at CNN by Jim Walton, currently his second-in-command.
    - The Associated Press

    Algerians charged in ricin plot; 6 others arrested

    LONDON - Four Algerians accused of plotting attacks that would use the lethal toxin ricin were formally charged with terror and chemical weapons offenses in a London court Monday, and antiterror police officers arrested six more people in the English Channel city of Bournemouth, Scotland Yard said.
    The police would not comment on whether the six - five men and a woman who were arrested Sunday night - were connected to the ricin case, but they said a search of two premises in the area where the arrests took place had not turned up any chemical material.
    - The New York Times

    Raytheon admits SEC is looking at its accounting

    BOSTON - Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has begun an informal inquiry into accounting practices at its commuter aircraft division.
    The announcement came the same day Raytheon Aircraft Co. acknowledged paying nearly $4 million to settle a Defense Department claim of overbilling for insurance. Raytheon said the SEC is investigating its revenue accounting from 1997 to 2001.
    - The Associated Press

    Dog who carried pair's love letters killed

    AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian couple who kept up a secret relationship by using a dog to carry their love letters were revealed when the woman's brother discovered one of the notes, sparking an argument in which the pet was killed.
    The tale had a bittersweet ending, a friend of the couple reported Monday: The woman's father agreed to let the couple marry. The proposal came in the last letter delivered by the man's 3-year-old German shepherd, Big Joe.
    - The Associated Press
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