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Skier sent to
EAGLE, Colo (AP) - A skier was sentenced to 90
days in jail yesterday for a deadly collision on the
slopes at Vail four years ago that prompted a crack-
down on reckless skiing.
Nathan Hall, 21, who was convicted of negligent
homicide, wept in court as he apologized to the family
of Alan Cobb, the 33-year-old Denver man who was
killed in the collision.
"I stand before you guys knowing I've taken a
human life, a life obviously very special and valued by
a lot of people, said Hall, who stopped several times
to compose himself. "I in no way feel I've suffered
even a small fraction of what I've put you guys

)jail, barred
through. Now that I've had a chance to explain my
feelings and express my apologies I feel like I can
finally start a new beginning with my life."
Hall, who had faced up to six years in prison,
remained free on $15,000 bond.
Hall also must perform 240 hours of public service
- about a month's worth of eight-hour days - and is
barred from drinking alcohol and recreational skiing as
part of a probationary term.
Hall's lawyer promised to appeal, saying the judge
should have given jurors the option of convicting his
client of a misdemeanor.
"I was absolutely appalled and shocked at their deci-


rom slopes
sion to appeal," said Christi Neville, Cobb's fiancee. "I
was very satisfied with the sentence of 90 days and
probation but their decision to file an appeal negates
everything they said today."
The case has been closely watched by the ski indus-
try. Ski safety experts said Hall was the first person to
be convicted at trial of killing another skier. In 1989,
Texas skier Howard Hidle hit and killed an 11-year-old
girl at Colorado's Winter Park resort. Hidle, who
pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide,
later committed suicide.
Vail earlier settled a lawsuit by Cobb's family for
about $300,000.

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CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands
Libyan convicted in Lockerbie triaL
A Scottish court, in a verdict that linked Libya to terrorism, yesterday gave a
life sentence to a Libyan intelligence agent for the murder of 270 people-in the
bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 but allowed a second Libyan to walk free.
Tears and jubilation from victims' relatives greeted the guilty verdict read out
by presiding judge Lord Ranald Sutherland. The three-judge court convicted*
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 48, and sentenced him to a minimum of 20 yeas,
in a Scottish prison before he would be eligible for parole.
The court found that al-Megrahi "was serving a foreign government." The
statement bolstered claims of victims' relatives that Libyan Col. Moammar Gad-,
hafi and his government are responsible for the bombing of the New York-bound.
flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988. The conviction could also give
impetus to civil actions that the relatives have filed against Libya.
The verdict was the climax of an $80 million trial and nearly nine months of
hearings at a special court in the Netherlands. The White House said U.N. and U.S.
sanctions on Libya would remain in place, and U.S. and British officials said they
will keep investigating the bombing. President Bush said at a Cabinet Room meet-
ing with members of Congress that Libya should remain isolated until Gadha*
agrees to "accept responsibility for this act and to compensate the families."
Bush meets with black lawmaker caucus
Black lawmakers aired a list of grievances to President Bush yesterday, reiter-
ating their deep opposition to John Ashcroft as attorney general and reminding
Bush of the wounds inflicted by the Florida election deadlock.
Thirty-one members of the Congressional Black Caucus discussed more than
20 issues with the Republican president, including racial profiling, electio9
reform, AIDS, Africa, education and civil rights. The meeting, which Bush
spokesman Ari Fleischer described as "cordial," lasted 90 minutes - twice as
long as scheduled. Bush pledged a high level of sensitivity on civil rights, and
promised to make Africa a high priority, Fleischer and participants said.
Bush opened the meeting by telling his visitors, "I will remind you all that I
understand the difference between the executive branch and the legislative
branch. I only get to suggest, and you all pass the laws."
The Republican president told the caucus that he saw the gathering as "the
beginning of hopefully a lot of meetings."
No single issue dominated the meeting, said Fleischer, who attended. But Rep. Eli-
jah Cummings (D-Md.) said the Ashcroft nomination took up "quite a bit of time."


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U e confirmed to
ave killed 12,000
Rescue workers pulled out more
survivors yesterday from the rubble of
the 7.9-magnitude quake that hit the
western state of Gujarat on Friday.
Bulldozers began breaking down the
walls of wrecked buildings, raising
fears that people buried alive by a dev-
astating earthquake could be killed by
machines and explosives. The con-
firmed death count reached 12,000.
State officials said they believe
13,000 additional dead are buried in
the rubble. Much of the relief effort
now has turned to caring for the living,
with volunteers setting up a huge Red
Cross field hospital. At least 29,000
people were injured in the 7.9-magni-
tude quake that hit the western state of
Gujarat on Friday.
Haren Pandya, the Gujarat home min-
ister, said his toll of 25,000 dead was
based on reports gathered from govern-
ment agencies of bodies recovered, peo-
Federal Reserve
cuts interest rates
The Federal Reserve, pledging a
"rapid and forceful" response to the
economy's dramatic slowdown, cut
interest rates on yesterday by another
half percentage point.
It was the second rate reduction this
month and was viewed as a strong sig-
nal the central bank plans to move as
aggressively as it can to fight the
growing threat of a recession.

The widely expected rate cut drew a
far more muted response on Wall
Street than the Fed's surprise
announcement of its first half-point
reduction on Jan. 3. That move had
triggered the biggest one-day rally in
Nasdaq's history. The Fed said it was
lowering its target for the federal funds
rate, the interest that banks charge each
other, to 5.5 percent. It had been at
percent at the beginning of this mont"
reflecting six rate increases from June
1999 to May 2000.
Boy suspended for
chicken finger 'gun'
An 8-year-old boy was suspended
from school for three days after pointing
a breaded chicken finger at a teache.
and saying, "Pow, pow, pow"
The incident apparently violated the
Jonesboro School District's zero-toler-
ance policy against weapons. The-boy
was suspended last week.
Kelli Kissinger, mother of first-graler
Christopher, said she believed the pun-
ishment was too severe. "I think a chick-
en strip is something insignificant,".she
said. "It's just a piece of chicken. Ho
could you play like it's a gun?"
Principal Dan Sullivan said he was
prevented by law from discussing
Christopher's suspension. Sullivan said
the school has zero-tolerance rules
because the public wants them.,
In March 1998, four students apd,a
teacher were killed and 10 others
wounded when two youths opened fire
on a schoolyard in Jonesboro.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

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