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Ecuadorean plane crashes in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A jetliner chartered for Quito, the Ecuadorean capital, civil aviation
by Air France with 53 people aboard slammed into a
fog-draped mountain just after takeoff from the
Colombian capital yesterday. Rescuers found no signs
At least four bodies were immediately recovered from
debris of the plane, which was scattered in the under-
brush and eucalyptus trees that cover the side of the
10,000-foot mountain near Bogota's airport, rescuers
The plane crashed into the peak three minutes after
taking off at 4:47 p.m. The aircraft, leased to Air
France by the Ecuadorian airline TAME, was bound
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spokesperson Martin Gonzalez said.
"I saw the plane crash into the top of the mountain
and flip over. A few seconds later it blew up and our
windows shook from the explosive wave," Yesid
Gonzalez, who witnessed the crash from his office
window, told the Radionet network. He said the jet
broke into three pieces.
The Boeing 727 was carrying 43 passengers and a
crew of 10, Air France spokesperson Jose Maria
Robayo told The Associated Press. Most of those
aboard Flight 422 were French and Ecuadorian citi-
zens who had arrived on an earlier flight from Paris,
he said. Robayo said there were other Europeans
aboard but he did not have their nationalities.
Police said they recovered many body parts but just
four bodies. Plane debris, burned clothing and seats
were also strewn across the mountainside.
"There are hands, feet and legs. Most of what we
have recovered are very small body parts," said a
police officer at the scene, Fernando Molino.
Scattered in the rubble were baby clothes, purses
with women's makeup, wallets with documents and
money, and a child's miniature football. A postcard
from Paris picturing the Eiffel Tower and written in
Spanish, addressed to Quito.
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Attempts to close clinics violate laws
ClIICAGO --A jury found yesterday that leading anti-abortion groups violat-
ed federal racketeering laws initially designed to prosecute mobsters by directing
protesters to use extortion and threats of violence in attempts to shut down two
The unanimous decision followed seven weeks of testimony in the class-action
lawsuit filed on behalf of two women's health clinics in Wilmington, Del.
Milwaukee, and opens the door for similar claims by the nearly 1,000 facilities t t
provide abortion services nationwide.
Calling the decision "a major victory for women's rights," the National
Organization for Women, which originally brought the suit 12 years ago, said in a
statement it now would "win a permanent injunction against the defendants' block-
ades, extortion and other use of force or violence at clinics" U.S. District Judge
David Coar scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to discuss the order.
Jurors ordered the defendants to pay nearly $86,000 to the two clinics to cover
expenses they incurred in providing additional security precautions. A federal judge
can order that award tripled under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO).
The case marked the first time the civil provisions of the RICO statute had 1>
used in a class-action lawsuit against the anti-abortion movement.
new ways to curb gangs
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WASH INGTON - The Supreme
Court, warned by cities that street gang
warfare is mounting across the United
States, agreed yesterday to weigh local
governments' power to use anti-loitering
laws to break up gatherings of suspect-
ed gang members.
Frustrated by difficulty in catching
gangs committing crimes, city officials
backed by police departments are
pressing the notion that curbs on loiter-
ing can at least disperse gangs when
they take over streets as their "turf."
Anti-loitering laws, however, have
often been struck down - in the
Supreme Court, as well as in lower
courts. But the city of Chicago per-
suaded the justices yesterday to rethink
the constitutionality of such ordinances.
Justice Department figures show
there are 23,000 youth gangs in the
United States, with more than 650,000
members. Chicago alone has 125 street
gangs; just four of those gangs are so
powerful that they include more than
half the city's gang members and have
established ties to gangs in 35 other
Tax funds won't go
to needle programs
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton
administration refused yesterday to use
federal tax dollars to buy clean needles
for drug addicts, even though it said nee-
dle exchanges fight AIDS without
encouraging illegal drug use.
Health and I luman Services
Secretary Donna Shalala said her scien-
tific endorsement should encourage
more communities to start their own
But Shalala, under orders from the
White house, sidestepped a political
fight with conservatives and stopped
short of providing communities with
federal money to let addicts swap dirty
needles for clean ones. Half of all people
who catch HIV are infected by needles
or by sex with injecting drug users, or
are children of infected addicts.
The decision bitterly disappointed
AIDS activists, who said they couldn't
recall another medical program the gov-
ernment had declared lifesaving but
refused to try to pay for.
"They've now said we know how to
save lives and we don't want to do what's
necessary to save the lives," said Scott
Hitt, chair of President Clinton's AIDS
may be sued
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court yesterday allowed the publisher of
a murder manual used to help carry out a
grisly triple homicide to be sued for civil
damages. "the First Amendment case
was brought by the relatives of the vic-
tims - a Silver Spring, Md., woman, her
quadriplegic son and his nurse - who
were murdered five years ago by a
tract killer who meticulously followed
the manual's instructions on how tc
become a professional killer.
The case has been watched by lawyers
around the country who feared that, if
the dispute were allowed to go forward
newspapers, book publishers, movie pro-
ducers and others could be held respon-
sible for crimes said to have beer
inspired by their works.
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hope to boost talks
JERUSALEM - Israeli and
Palestinian leaders have agreed to hold
separate meetings with US. Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright in London
in early May to try to break their year-
long peace talks impasse.
The meetings, to be hosted by Prime
Minister Tony Blair, were proposed by
the United States and announced on the
British leader's visit to the region, his
first attempt at Middle East peacemak-
Blair, who recently helped broker the
historic Northern Ireland accord, said
in Gaza City yesterday that he hopes a
new round of Israeli-Palestinian talks
will yield "actual, practical progress."
But the plan for the May 4 meetings,
for now, does not include a summit
between Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
Authority President Yasser Arafat. And
with no indications of substantive
change in the Israeli and Palestinian
positions that have stymied progress
since March 1997, it was far from cer-
tain that a breakthrough could be
Still, "talks are better than no talks:' an
official close to the negotiations saidyes-
terday. "We'll see how far we can g4
In Washington, State Departmen
spokesperson James Rubin said thi
United States was "looking for sub-
stantive decisions from the leaders."
Mexico mourns loss
of poet Octavio Paz
MEXICO CITY - From gov
ment leaders and billionaire busin#
men to jeans-clad students and work
ers, this nation yesterday mourned the
death of Octavio Paz, its Nobel Prize
winning poet and philosopher who diet
over the weekend at age 84.
"Octavio Paz is a teacher of Mexicc
and the world. He will forever forn
part of the consciousness of our coun
try and our era," a somber Presiden
Ernesto Zedillo told scores of black
suited mourners, including much ofA
country's political and intellectual ee
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