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Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 9:39 p.m.

Suspect in ricin case fatally stabs policeman

  • LONDON - At least one suspect fatally stabbed a British policeman and wounded four others Tuesday during a raid in northern England linked to the discovery of the poison ricin, officials said.
    Three men were arrested during the Manchester raid, which police described as part of an ongoing operation with Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist police. Assistant Chief Constable Alan Green said there was no sign of the deadly poison at the site of the raid, a home in the northern part of the city.

    Tail problems may be at fault in Charlotte crash

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A jammed tail assembly may be to blame for the commuter airline crash that killed 21 people at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, a federal investigator said.
    A possible malfunction of the Air Midwest plane's elevator, a flap on the tail used to control a plane's angle of climb or descent, would have hampered the pilot's efforts to control the aircraft.

    Judge rejects effort to block relocation of oak

  • LOS ANGELES - A judge Tuesday rejected a last-ditch effort by a tree-sitting environmentalist to block the relocation of a 400-year-old oak that stands in the path of a housing construction project.
    Superior Court Judge John P. Shook denied John Quigley's request for a temporary restraining order, citing the housing development's proposed economic benefits and the developer's effort to move the tree rather than cut it down.

    Chavez's soldiers seize riot gear from police

  • CARACAS, Venezuela - Soldiers loyal to President Hugo Chavez seized riot gear - including submachine guns and shotguns - from Caracas' police department Tuesday in what the opposition mayor called a deliberate effort to undermine him.
    Federal interference in the capital's police department is one reason Venezuela's opposition has staged a strike - now in its 44th day - demanding early elections. Tuesday's raids stoked already heated tensions in this polarized nation.

    Georgia court strikes law on unmarried sex

  • ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court struck down a 170-year-old law that made it a crime for unmarried people to have sex.
    The ruling Monday came in the case of a 16-year-old boy discovered having sex with his girlfriend in the bedroom of her home. The young woman's mother made the discovery.

    U.S. peacekeeper found dead in Kosovo at base

  • PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - A U.S. peacekeeper serving in Kosovo was found dead in his room at a military base, a statement from the main U.S. Camp Bondsteel said Tuesday.
    The soldier, identified as Pfc. Justin D. Jasek, 19, from LaGrange, Texas, was found dead Monday in Camp Magrath near the town of Vitina, about 30 miles east of the capital Pristina. Jasek was deployed with NATO peacekeepers in this southern Yugoslav province.
    - Compiled from The Associated Press
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