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NATION/AORLD
Barak calls off summit with Arafat

NEWS IN BRIEF'

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® Prime minister cites continuing
violence as 4 die from gunfire
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Barak yesterday called off international efforts
to arrange a summit meeting with Yasser Arafat, his
aides said, citing continuing violence on a day two
Israelis and two Palestinians were killed by gunfire.
The prime minister made the decision even though
some analysts said a summit might have helped his
bleak chances of being re-elected next Tuesday.
Barak trails challenger Ariel Sharon by a wide
margin in opinion polls and had come under pressure
to allow elder statesman Shimon Peres to run in his
place. But Barak chose to remain in the race, allow-
ing a midnight deadline to pass yesterday, after
which parties can no longer change candidates.

Meanwhile, Barak's government gave Sharon a
pre-election boost yesterday with a report analyzing
the beginning of the Palestinian unrest, clearing
Sharon of responsibility.
The violence started after Sharon visited a disputed
hilltop in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sept. 28,
declaring that the site, where the Al Aqsa Mosque
compound sits atop the ruins of the biblical Jewish
Temples, belongs to Israel. In four months of violence,
383 people have died, including 322 Palestinians, 13
Israeli Arabs, 47 other Israelis and one German doctor.
Sharon has demanded that Barak stop contacts with
the Palestinians while violence persists. Yesterday was
the first time since Jan. 15 that at least four people were
killed in a single day in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
An Israeli doctor was killed when Palestinians shot
at a car he was driving near Hebron, the military said.
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tinian towns when gunmen opened fire next to a Pales-
tinian refugee camp.
The driver was identified as Dr. Shmuel Gillis, 42, a
senior physician at a Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital
who lived at Carmei Tsur, a nearby Jewish settlement.
Also, a Palestinian was shot and killed, apparently
by other Palestinians, near his home in the village of
Salfit. Neighbors said he was suspected of collabo-
rating with Israel.
Another Israeli, Lior Atias, 23, was fatally shot as
he picked up his car from a Palestinian garage next
to Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank.
Earlier, Ahmed Mouhasim, 22, from the Jabaliya
refugee camp next to Gaza City, was killed by Israeli
gunfire at the Karni crossing point into Israel, Pales-
tinians said. They charged that Israeli soldiers were
firing indiscriminately. The Israeli military said the
soldiers were returning Palestinian gunfire.
Student
faces life
for bomb
arsenal
SAN JOSE, Calif (AP) - A com-
munity college student accused of
assembling an arsenal of guns and
explosives in his room and plotting a
mass campus killing faces 108 years in
prison if convicted.
Police found dozens of explosives
and weapons in Al DeGuzman's room
of his parents' San Jose home. He
faces 122 criminal counts of possess-
ing weapons and explosives and pos-
sessing them with the intent to injure a
person or personal property.
"Our theory is that there was going
to be a massacre," Santa Clara County
Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sin-
unu said as a criminal complaint
against DeGuzman was filed yester-
day. "And he has to be responsible for
every weapon he made."
The alleged plot to blow up De
Anza College in nearby Cupertino
unraveled Monday night when a photo
lab clerk called police after developing
pictures of DeGuzman allegedly pos-
ing with the arsenal.
Police have characterized DeGuz-
Y man as brimming with hate and fasci-
nated with the 1999 Columbine High
School massacre in Colorado.
His attorney, Craig Wormley, said
late Wednesday he had yet to see the
police reports and would not comment
on the case or his client's alleged fixa-
tion with Columbine. But Wormley
disagreed with authorities about
DeGuzman's level of hatred.
"That's an absolute falsehood. There
are many people he cared about and
loved," Wormley said. "Both his par-
ents are in an extreme state of shock."
Amid the 30 pipe bombs and 20
Molotov cocktails stashed under
clothes and in duffel bags in DeGuz-
man's messy bedroom, investigators
found magazine articles about the
Columbine killers, writings worship-
ping them and pictures of them on the
wall, Sgt. Steve Dixon said.
They also found detailed plans,
including positions and corners at the
school where bombs could be placed
and ways to distract police.
"He was going to kill as many peo-
ple as possible before he died," Dixon
said. "He seemed to think the more
people he killed, the better it'd be, the
more media attention."
Antarctic

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ice sheet
melting
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists
have worried for decades that the
Antarctic ice sheet was shrinking,
threatening a global rise in sea level.
Now, satellite studies show that about
7.5 cubic miles of ice have eroded
from a key area in just eight years.
Melting of that much ice doesn't
mean that it is time to get into boats;
said one researcher, but the finding
may be a "yellow warning flag" that
confirms long-term changes are under
way in the ice fields covering the
South Polar region.
The study, which appears today in
the journal Science, involved altitude
measurements of the West Antarctica
Ice Sheet, the smaller of two major ice
sheets. It covers 740,000 square miles
of the frozen continent.
Based on satellite measurements,
said Andrew Shepherd, a University
College London geologist and first
author of the study, it appears that
since 1992 the ice sheet has lost ice

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SACRAMENTO, Calif,.
Calif approves plan
to ease blackouts
State lawmakers approved a $10
billion plan yesterday aimed at
keeping California's lights on while
they try to fix the state's spiraling
energy crisis.
Gov. Gray Davis was expected to
sign the measure that allows the state
to sign long-term contracts for up to a
decade to buy power and sell it to cus-
tomers of cash-strapped Southern Cal-
ifornia Edison and Pacific Gas and
Electric Co.
The Assembly's 54-25 vote -- cast
after legislative leaders and Davis won
over a Democratic holdout and two
Republicans - came despite GOP
protests that the bill will result in high-
er electricity rates. The bill failed to
pass earlier yesterday.
The two utilities are California's
largest and together serve nearly 9
million residential and business
customers.
WASHINGTON
Bush unveils plan to
aid disabled citizens
President Bush sought yesterday to
show the compassion behind his brand
of conservatism, unveiling a multimil-
lion dollar plan to aid disabled Ameri-
cans and promising to stop
government from "discriminating
against religious institutions" that help
the needy..
In separate events, Bush capped a
weeklong campaign designed to reach

BHUJ, India
Searches for quake survivors called off
Some international rescue teams made the wrenching decision yesterday to aban-
don the search for possible survivors of last weeks earthquake in India, as a lack of
coordination appeared to hamper the other task - feeding and housing the hvi
and treating their wounds. W
Aid was reaching many, but bundles of blankets, bags of rice and lentils, cartons of
mineral water and other supplies were heaped outside the railway freight office in
Ahmedabad, the main staging point for the relief effort and the commercial center of
the western state of Gujarat, where the epicenter of the Jan. 26 quake was located.
So far, 14,241 bodies have been recovered, Gujarat officials said yesterday, esti-
mating the final toll would reach 35,000. The full toll may never be known, because
many of the dead may have been cremated in remote villages or remain buried under
flattened towns and cities. In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard
Boucher said a fourth American died in the quake but declined to give details.
More than 60,000 people were injured as chunks of concrete and stone rained
down from collapsing buildings. About 600,000 people were left homelesn
Although it has released no official damage estimate, the central governmeW
announced a 2 percent income tax hike yesterday to help pay for relief and
rebuilding after India's worst earthquake in 50 years.
WASHINGTON
2000 was worst on record for flight delays
The government confirmed yesterday that last year was the worst on record for
air travel delays, and the head of the nation's largest business group immediately
demanded improvements.
Department of Transportation statistics showed that airlines had an overall
time record of 72.6 percent in 2000-- the lowest since 1995, when the government
began collecting such data. That means about three of every 10 flights were delayed.
Meanwhile, travelers' complaints filed with the government rose by 14 percent
to 23,381. Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
declared that problems in the air traffic system have reached the point where they
threaten the economy.
The Federal Aviation Administration released figures yesterday which indicate
that gridlock is largely concentrated at major airports on the East Coast, contrary to
the widely held perception that the entire air travel system is mired in slowdowns.
Chicago's O'Hare International had the highest number of delays - 49,202 -
but New Jersey's Newark International had the highest rate of delays when th
volume of flights was taken into account.

out to moderate voters. Advisers say the
president will turn next week to another.
challenge: promoting tax cuts by trying
to show they would benefit families,
small businesses, the high-tech industry
and the sluggish economy.
His day began with the National
Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering
of lawmakers, foreign heads of st4
arid spiritual leaders. Bush promised to
respect the separation of church from
state even as he tries to funnel more
government money to church groups.
CHESAPEAKE, Va.
Dad 'ailed for puttin
daug ter in doghouse
A father was ordered yesterday.
spend 30 days in jail for forcing his
year-old daughter to sleep in a dog-
house to show her how she could end
up if living with him didn't work out.
Christian Williams, 33, also must
pay a $500 fine and take a parenting
class for pleading guilty to felony
abuse and neglect charges.
He told a judge he kept the child
outside for two nights because less
severe punishments had not deters
her bad behavior. He wanted her to
understand that she could end up
homeless if living with him didn't
work out, he said. Prosecutors said the
punishment lasted two weeks.
Williams and the girl's stepmother
were arrested Aug. 13 after a neighbor
told police she heard the girl scream,
"Please, Daddy, let me in." The step-
mother pleaded guilty to the same
charges and is to be sentenced today.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

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