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Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 10:15 p.m.

Family rescued after trip to play in snow

TROUT LAKE, Wash. - A couple and their two young children were rescued Monday nearly two days after they failed to return from a day trip to play in the snow in the Mount St. Helens area.
Billy Buzzini, 24, his wife, Sarah, 23 and daughters Kaleigh, 4, and Madison, 1, were in good condition, said a dispatcher with the Skamania County Sheriff's Office who would not give his name.

Janitor faces charges in death of therapist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An elementary school janitor is accused of killing an occupational therapist who police say struggled with her killer in her bloodstained classroom.
Martin Saiz, 20, was arrested Saturday at his home in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque, and immediately requested an attorney, police said. He was being held in the Bernalillo County Detention Center on charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

Scorpions save deadly venom until needed

WASHINGTON - Scorpions don't bother to waste venom killing a victim if they don't have to. Instead they use a prevenom that causes extreme pain, resorting to the deadlier version only when necessary, researchers have discovered.
A team led by entomologist Bruce D. Hammock of the University of California, Davis, was researching the possibility of an anti-venom for scorpions when they discovered that the stinging creatures produced two kinds of venom. When first confronted by a threat the scorpion produces a clear liquid on its stinger, Hammock said. The more deadly venom, a thick liquid, "like a milkshake," is produced later, if the threat continues.

Serbia's ex-president will face tribunal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Serbia's former president surrendered to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal Monday to face charges that he was complicit in a crackdown on ethnic Albanians and possibly to testify in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic.
Within hours of his arrival in the Netherlands, Milutinovic was summoned from the prison in a suburb of The Hague to the tribunal's courthouse for an hour-long meeting with the chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte.

Vaccine for anthrax washes up on beach

LONDON - Several boxes of anthrax vaccines from the Ministry of Defense were found washed up on a southern British beach Monday, officials said.
Investigators were checking if the boxes were from a ship that was headed to the Persian Gulf as part of a U.S. and British military buildup for possible war against Iraq, a Ministry of Defense spokeswoman said.

Carter tries hand at solving Chavez crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela - Former President Jimmy Carter renewed efforts to mediate Venezuela's political crisis Monday even as violence surged again between supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez. Gunfire during a protest march left one dead and 15 wounded, officials said.
Miranda state Gov. Enrique Mendoza, a Chavez opponent, said Chavez supporters attacked an opposition march in Charavalle, about 20 miles south of Caracas, on the 50th day of a strike against Chavez.

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