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Navy accident kills 6 in Kuwait

Navy warplane mistakenly dropped a
bomb on soldiers during a training
exercise yesterday in Kuwait, killing
five Americans and one New
Zealander, Pentagon officials said.
The Navy F/A-18 Hornet was prac-
ticing "close air support" for ground
troops at the Udairi bombing range,
45 miles northwest of Kuwait City,
when it dropped explosive ordnance
on or near an observation post, the
U.S. Central Command said.
The command said in a statement the
six were confirmed dead and five

American military personnel were
taken to hospital with injuries that were
not life-threatening. Two of them were
For hours after the accident the
Pentagon made no official statement
confirming the number of casualties.
Pentagon officials who discussed
the matter only on condition of
anonymity said initially that five peo-
ple had been killed. They later raised
the figure to six, a figure confirmed
by the command in its statement.
The command said other military
personnel hurt in the accident were

treated at the scene. It did not say
how many.
Two of the Americans killed were
from the Army and two were from
the Air Force, said one official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
One Pentagon official said an estimat-
ed 10 people were injured. A second
official said no civilians were involved.
President Bush, traveling in Panama
City, Fla., opened a speech on his bud-
get proposals and military spending
with a brief mention of the accident.
"I'm reminded today of how danger-
ous service can be," Bush said.

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incredibly conservative and incredibly
hostile," he said of Engler's administra-
tion. There has been "confusing and
divisive and dishonest rhetoric from
conservatives trying to pit gays and les-
bians against the Christians and the
straight people."
Kosofsky, along with the rest of
the bills' supporters, remains cau-
tiously optimistic about the future of
the legislation. The calling of a vote,
he said, is "entirely dependent on the
priorities of the Republican legisla-
Jacobs said the legislation is consid-
ered controversial because "there are a
lot of people who are not accepting of
alternative lifestyles." A "fear of the
unknown" is prevelant she added.
Rep. Samuel "Buzz" Thomas (D-
Detroit), the fourth of the bills' current
sponsors said, "Ultimately, at the very
least, we want to ensure that there are
hearings in this term."

Ramallah rocked bymore violence
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets yesterday at hundreds
of Palestinians using a bulldozer to try to break through an Israeli army block-
ade, part of a new chokehold on Ramallah.
A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire, doctors said.
The blockade was imposed Sunday, with tanks, trenches and ramparts cutting
off all access to Ramallah, a town of about 50,000 people that is the Palestinians'.
political and commercial center. It also isolated dozens of nearby villages that,
are home to tens of thousands of residents.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon denied that the restrictions were part of a toughr
policy toward the Palestinians, saying the army had imposed the tight closure in
response to specific warnings about a terrorist attack. Sharon aides said they
believed the Ramallah closure would be eased in the coming days.
Across the West Bank, however, new roadblocks and barriers have been erect-
ed since Sharon took power last week - such as a tank parked across an access
road to Jerusalem on yesterday, tying up traffic from the West Bank.
Israeli media reports said the closure was part of a new army plan, approve
by Sharon, under which troops will cut up the West Bank and Gaza Strip into
dozens of smaller areas, and tightly control each subdivision.
Dow, Nasdaq plunge to record losses
Wall Street's slow-motion crash gave way to some panic selling yesterday, as the
blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 400 points and the Nas-
daq composite index sank to its worst bear-market loss ever.
It was a global sell-off that began with Japan's Nikkei stock index falling to a IV
year low and saw substantial losses in markets across Europe and the Americas.
U.S. investors, who for weeks had been pushed closer to the edge by mounting
bad news from the technology sector and by fear of spreading losses in the broader
stock market, dumped shares in droves.
The tech-dominated Nasdaq composite index plunged 129.40 points, or 6.3 per-
cent, to 1,923.38, putting its loss from its peak a year ago at nearly 62 percent -
and thus eclipsing the previous record decline set in 1973-74.
It was Nasdaq's first close below 2,000 since Nov. 19, 1998, and came on top of a
5 percent loss on Friday.
Significantly, the blue-chip Standard & Poor's 500 index fell officially into bear-
market territory for the first time since 1990, as yesterday' 4.3 percent drop left
down 22.7 percent from its peak a year ago.


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GOP makes case
for larger tax cuts
House Republicans want to augment
President Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut
by reducing capital gains taxes for
investors, raising incentives for people
to save for retirement and letting busi-
nesses recoup computer expenses
more quickly.
"We're going to continue to insist
we can do more," House Majority
Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) said in
a speech yesterday to the National
Association of Broadcasters. "You
have ample room for tax reductions
that are larger.'
Bush insists that the 10-year, $1.6
trillion plan anchored by across-the-
board income tax cuts has the proper
components and size.
Armey said the president's plan
doesn't do enough to encourage
investment to stave off recession
and boost individual retirement sav-
MERDARE, Yugoslavia
Attempts made to
prevent Balkan war
Former enemies NATO and
Yugoslavia agreed on a deal yesterday
that will allow them to squeeze ethnic
Albanian guerrillas from separate
flanks, while the rebels signed a cease-
fire - all moves meant to reduce the
threat of a new Balkan war.
Under the agreement, Yugoslavia
would be allowed to send better-armed
troops into the southern tip of a buffer

zone adjoining Kosovo that is now
overrun by ethnic Albanian insurgents,
who also use the region for incursions
into neighboring Macedonia.
The deal takes some pressure off
NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo, partic-
ularly the American troops involved its
trying to stop the movement of fighter
and supplies south into MacedonW
where rebel attacks last week raised
fears of a wider Balkan conflict.
NATO has increased its presence in
areas of Kosovo bordering Macedonia.
Natual Born iers
lawsuit thrown out -:
State Judge Bob Morrison yesterd&
dismissed a lawsuit against direct
Oliver Stone that claimed his movie
"Natural Born Killers" led to a young
couple's bloody crime spree.
The lawsuit was brought against the
makers of the movie, including Time
Warner Entertainment, by the family
of a Louisiana store clerk who was
shot and paralyzed in a rampaget'
Sarah Edmonson and her boyfrie
Ben Darras. Edmonson and Dady
told authorities they were inspired by
"Natural Born Killers," about a crime
spree by a young couple. Edmonsop
and Darras' spree also included the.
killing of a Mississippi man.
The clerk, Patsy Byers, died of can-
cer two years after the attack.
The makers of the movie "knew it
was violent and directed at young p-
ple," said the family's attorney, Joe
Simpson. He said he may appeal.
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