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Details emerge regarding
alleged bomber's routine
ADEN, Yemen (AP) - A man sought in the bombing of
the USS Cole regularly visited a tiny hilltop apartment with
an excellent view of the harbor where the U.S. warship
stopped to refuel, security officials said yesterday. A pair of
binoculars was found at the apartment.
The bearded and bespectacled man and a colleague also
spent a lot of time with local fishermen, questioning them in
detail about the comings and goings of ships in the harbor and
asking how far fishing boats are allowed to go into its waters.
Those details from witnesses and investigators helped fill
in gaps about the men's activities before the Oct. 12 bomb-
ing that killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 39, but investiga-
tors appeared no closer to determining their identities.
U.S. officials believe the blast was a suicide attack. Two
men were seen standing on a rubber boat seconds before the
explosion. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said a
12-year-old boy told investigators a bearded man in glasses
gave him change to watch his car near the port on the day of
the bombing. The boy, according to Saleh, said the man
went to sea in a small boat taken from the roof of his car
and did not return.
A senior U.S. official government official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said yesterday in Aden that the
probe continued to expand. The official said it was too early
A pair of binoculars were
found near the suspected
bomber's hilltop view of the
to reach a conclusion, although it was clear the act was
something that had been planned irqadvance.
Authorities have been searching at least five houses and
other locations they believe the attackers used. At least 68
people, including members of the army and police, have been
rounded up by Yemeni authorities in connection with the blast.
Yemeni officials said the hilltop apartment in the Tawahi
neighborhood was used as a reconnaissance base. Along
with the binoculars, they said Islamic publications were
found in the apartment in a two-story brown building over-
looking the sea.
The lease was in the name of Abdullah Ahmed Khaled
al-Musawah, said the officials, who also spoke on condition
they not be named. A fake ID card in that name apparently
was issued to one of the two men.
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A protester burns a tire as other hold a banner that reads "Dictatorship No" in Lima yesterday after Peru's feared former spy
chief Vladimiro Montesinos abandoned Panama and returned home.
Fate of Peruvian government
uncertain as spy chief returns
LIMA, Peru (AP) - Peru's feared
former spy chief Vladimiro Mon-
tesinos abandoned Panama and
returned home yesterday, deepening a
political crisis and further endangering
President Alberto Fujimori's already
shaky hold on power.
First Vice President Francisco
Tudela, one of Fujimori's strongest
backers, resigned in protest over Mon-
tesinos' return and moves to give the
military widespread amnesty. "It caus-
es me indignation," he said.
Tudela said he continued to hold
Fujimori in high regard but said the
president "is the victim of forces that
have overwhelmed him."
Calls from the opposition grew for
Fujimori to step down immediately
and turn over power to a transition
government that would force out the
military high command, which is loyal
Fujimori had already announced lie
was cutting his third five-year term to
one year and stepping down in July
. "There is no longer any doubt that
there has been, in reality, a coup
d'etat," said independent Congressman
Rafael Rey. "The military didn't take
control of the palace. But the high
command, in conjunction with Mon-
tesinos, is trying to run the country,
and that merits the rejection of all
Riot police used tear gas last night
to disperse scores of anti-government
protesters, mostly students, who hurled
rocks, trash and plants pulled up from
the roots in Lima's main plaza in front
of the Government Palace.
In Washington, State Department
spokesman Philip Reeker said the
United States regretted Montesinos'
decision to return to Peru and said it
would complicate efforts to move for-
ward on reforms and new elections.
Retired army Gen, Daniel Mora
warned that if Fujimori failed to take
immediate action, either by ordering
Montesinos' detention or throwing
him out of the country, "the situation
could spin out of his control."
"The president is a hostage of Mon-
tesinos and the military high com-
After an emergency Cabinet meet-
ing yesterday, Fujimori traveled in a
six-vehicle convoy to half a dozen mil-
itary installations. Photographers and
cameramen were allowed to film and
photograph him from barricades as he
talked with army officers at the build-
ings that housed the National Intelli-
Olympic Games ends today
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Today could be the last
chance to get front row seats to the 2002 Olympics.
Midnight today is the deadline for early ticket purchases,
which get preferential treatment for seat assignments.
Regular ordering will be open until December 12, but
after today, all tickets will be on a first-come, first-served
basis. During the first two weeks of ordering, which started
Oct. 10, all ticket buyers have an equal chance of getting
into the front row.
"My advice is, get in early," said Mitt Romney, head of
the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. ie said the tickets are
already going faster than the committee expected.
More than S40 million worth of tickets has been sold to
U.S. buyers, nearly 60 percent of the overall in-country goal
of S68 million, according to the SLOC. More than 20,000
orders had been placed by Friday and an additional 17,000
potential buyers had downloaded the online ticket forms.
More than half of the seats for freestyle skiing, figure
skating, giant slalom, snowboarding and skeleton, a type of
headfirst luge, have been snapped up.
Not everything has been rosy, however.
Customers have complained about ticket prices, which
run as high as S885 a seat for the opening ceremony, attd
large families have struggled with the SLOC's limit of four
tickets per order for some events. And the time-consuming
ordering process has drawn complaints, as well.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)_-
Maryse and Pierre Wicker had no trou-
ble getting American citizenship when
they arrived from France in 1 984.
Their autistic son, however, was turned
reciting the oath. disability, or a child, who is unable to
"I have this great relief from my understand or communicate an under-
shoulders," Maryse Wicker said yester- standing of the meaning of the oath."
day. "We just know he is going to be Relatives of the disabled said the cit-
able to stay here. We're all going to be izenship law would give them the
American citizens." peace of mind of knowing that the