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Israeli minister gunned down
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's tourism minister, a.
retired general who advocated the expulsion of
Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza, was
assassinated yesterday in a hotel hallway - a killing
claimed by a radical Palestinian group.
Rehavam Zeevi was the first Cabinet minister to
be slain by Palestinians. his killing provoked out-
rage in Israel and raised the specter of a new out-
burst of violence at a time when Israel and the
Palestinians are trying to patch up a shaky U.S.-
supported truce deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged "a
war to the finish against the terrorists, their helpers
and those who sent them."
Israel swiftly reimposed travel restrictions in the
West Bank that had been eased this week as part of
the Sept. 26 cease-fire deal.
The Israeli security Cabinet was meeting yester-
day, and Sharon spokesman Arnon Perlman indicat-
ed a military strike was an option.
"What happened today requires a reassessment in
all fields military, political and international,"
Perlman said. "This reassessment will have profound
In other violence yesterday, a Palestinian suicide
bomber blew himself up next to the Gaza fence
inside Israel, killing himself and wounding two sol-
diers, the military said. The militant group Islamic
Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority denounced
the assassination of Zeevi, but Israel said that wasn't
sufficient; it demanded the arrest and extradition of
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HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE \ORLD
Bush goes ahead with visit to China
President Bush headed to a summit in China to strengthen the coalition behind
his war on terrorism yesterday and said the United States was "supported by the
conscience of the world."
"We are not alone in this struggle," said Bush, preparing'to join world leaders
at a 21-nation economic conference in Shanghai.
There, Bush will hold talks with Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Russian
President Vladimir Putin, as well as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.
The four-day trip overseas is Bush's first since the devastating Sept. I1 attacks
and, as anthrax exposure led to an unprecedented shutdown of the U.S. House,
he acknowledged: "I leave at a very difficult time."
The trip - with its trade-focused agenda -- is too important to cancel, Bush said.
"The terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and we will defeat them by
expanding and encouraging world trade," he said.
Bush made a. brief California stopover designed to rally U.S. troops, strug-
gling businesses and jittery Americans everywhere.
"The terrorists want us to stop our lives. That's what they want," Bush told
several thousand people crammed into the Sacramento convention center.
Congress sends Bush $19B spending bill
Even as angst over anthrax spread across Capitol Hill, Congress sent President
Bush the year's first spending measure yesterday and the House approved a bill
aimed at helping keep money from terrorists.
By 95-3, the Senate gave final approval to a $19.1 billion measure financing this
year's land and cultural programs. The measure - $1 billion more than Bush origi-
nally wanted and $300 million more than last year - passed the House by 380-28.
It was the first of the 13 annual spending bills to be completed by Congress for
fiscal 2002, which began Oct. 1. Perennial battles over mineral drilling and other
environmental issues usually slow the bill's progress, but lawmakers are limiting
such fights this year in an effort to complete routine business, focus on anti-ter-
rorism legislation, and adjourn.
The bill dropped House-passed language that would have blocked Bush from
allowing oil and gas exploration in 5.9 million acres of the eastern Gulf of Mexi-
co. Bowing to environmentalists and Florida lawmakers, including Bush's broth-
er, Gov. Jeb Bush, the president already agreed to scale back the available tracts
to 1.5 million acres.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Cen-
sus Bureau refused to release statisti-
cally adjusted census data to disburse
billions in federal dollars, foreshadow-
ing a possible legal battle with Democ-
rats and big-city mayors who say raw
figures undercount minorities, the poor
Explaining the bureau's decision yes-
terday, Acting Director William Barron
said agency researchers discovered
errors in census data that had been
adjusted using sampling methods.
That leaves the raw figures from last
year's national head count as the offi-
cial data on which the government will
base decisions on the distribution of
more than $185 billion to states and
local conmunities for Medicaid, foster
care and other social service programs.
Barron said the errors were so fun-
damental they prevented the use of the
sampled results "in their "current
A recommendation to Barron from
a committee of career bureau officials
was the basis of his final decision. Bar-
ron said more research would be need-
ed before determining if there will be
any public release of the adjusted data
but did not say when that decision
would be made.
Democrats immediately criticized
"This is an abysmal decision from a
bureau whose mission is to count peo-
ple accurately in this country," said
Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who
said he would consider suing to get
adjusted figures released.
The bureau faced a similar decision
in March, when it recommended
against adjusted data as the basis for
redrawing congressional, state and
local political districts.
There were too many discrepancies
among adjusted data, the actual count
and a third survey used to measure
accuracy, and not enough time for fur-
ther analysis, Barron said at the time.
Rep. Dan Miller (R-Fla.), chairman
of the House census subcommittee and
a vigorous opponent of sampling, sup-
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not the only antibiotic that fends off
anthrax. Two other drugs are widely
available, have fewer side effects and
are much cheaper, a message the gov-
ernment is struggling to get out.
The American Medical Association
urged physicians yesterday to quit pre-
scribing unnecessary Cipro. Pediatric
specialists warned that it is especially
dangerous for parents to stockpile
because Cipro is not approved for chil-
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention will produce a special web-
cast today to teach thousands of local
doctors how to recognize anthrax and
properly treat people exposed to the
And the Food and Drug Administra-
tion announced it is about to issue spe-
cific instructions on how to use two
other widely available antibiotics -
doxycycline and penicillin - to pre-
vent anthrax infection.
"It seems as if in the minds of
some people, that's the only drug,"
FDA drug chief Janet Woodcock said,
speaking of Cipro. "That actually
isn't the case."
Only people who have been exposed
to anthrax are supposed to take the 60-
day course of antibiotics to prevent
infection. Doctors should not give
patients any antibiotic to keep in case
they're exposed, the AMA stressed
There is a "real risk that symptoms
not related to anthrax will prompt
people to initiate unnecessary treat-
ment," said AMA chairman Timothy
A person who takes antibiotics for
a cold will suffer needless side
effects for no benefit. Taking antibi-
otics unnecessarily can spur germs
to mutate so that people's future
infections may be untreatable.
Worse, people with actual anthrax
symptoms need immediate medical
care, not self-treatment, anthrax
Yet panicked Americans who
haven't come close to anthrax-tainted
letters circulating the East Coast are
buying up Cipro. Internet sites sell
Cipro packages that let people buy
without seeing a doctor -- at more
than $7 a pill, and some don't even
contain the proper dose.
"One pediatrician called me and
said, Look, I'm going to do this,
United stock dips
A warning by United Airlines'
chief executive that the carrier is in
danger of going out of business
prompted criticism yesterday from
its labor unions and sent the stock
plunging to its lowest price in more
than a decade.
United shares fell 10 percent after
James Goodwin said in a letter to
employees that it will stop flying
sometime next year if it doesn't stop
"hemorrhaging" cash at the current
pace, which accelerated after the Sept.
Aviation industry experts are divid-
ed on whether United could fail that
quickly, with some calling it unlikely
and others possible. They say such car-
riers as US Airways, America West
and perhaps Continental are in more
dire situations, although troubled Unit-
ed is going through its cash alarmingly
Russia to close its
spy center in Cuba
President Vladimir Putin
announced yesterday that Russia will
close its major eavesdropping center
in Cuba, a significant concession to
the United States that will save the
cash-strapped Russian military $200
million a year.
In withdrawing from the Lourdes
base, Putin is putting to rest one of the
major relics of the Cold War still in
The Bush administration yesterday
endorsed an overhaul of farm programs
that would phase out crop subsidies, dou-
ble spending on conservation and pay
farmers'to act to reduce their financial risk.
The plan by Sen. Richard Lugar, the
senior Republican on the Senate Agri-
culture Committee, would reduce assis-
tance to grain and cotton growers and
give money to farms that raise fruit,
vegetables and livestock. Those opera-
tions now get little, if any, subsidies.
Instead of crop subsidies, farmers could
get money to buy insurance policies that
protect them against drops in revenue.
"This is a thoughtful piece of legisla-
tion and is consistent with the presi-
dent's principles," Agriculture Secretary
Ann Veneman said.
The administration says existing pro-
grams encourage excess production and
primarily benefit big farms that need
help the least.
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operation in Cuba. The base, built by
the Soviet Union in 1964, continues
to house an estimated 1,500 Russian
military personnel, and its role as a
sigificant electronic intelligence cen-
ter has been a major point of con-
tention with the United States in
Congress passed a bill last year
seeking to prevent the United States
from rescheduling hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in Russian debt unless
Lourdes were closed.
Bush gives go-ahead
on farm aid program
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