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Anthrax confirmed in New Jersey, ustice Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for
Disease Control and prevention confirmed
yesterday that a female New Jersey postal
worker has inhalation anthrax, and the Jus-
tice Department said the microbe has been
discovered at an offsite facility that process-
es its mail.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner stressed
that the incident in New Jersey, involving
the most serious form of the disease, was
not a new case but rather one that had been
listed as suspected. Lab tests confirmed the
diagnosis, he said. Three people have died
from inhaled anthrax.
At least five New Jersey postal workers
have suspected or confirmed cases bf
anthrax. Anthrax-tainted letters sent to
W shington and New York originated there.
Vests continued at postal and government
offices in the nation's capital and elsewhere.
Officials were seeking to determine whether
other tainted letters are in the mail system.
Last night, the Justice Department
revealed that several locations in a suburban
Maryland postal facility that processes its
mail tested positive for anthrax.
Spokeswoman Susan Dryden said samples
from a variety of locations within the Lan-
dover, Md., facility showed the presence of
anthrax, including locations that handle mail
for Attorney General John Ashcroft and
Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson.
Dryden said mailrooms within the Justice
Department have been tested for anthrax,
and results are expected by Tuesday.
Department employees who handle mail
or who are in frequent contact with mail
facilities in the building were contacted and
asked to get antibiotics, she said. Dryden
said mail delivery to the Justice Department
was suspended several days ago.
At the Supreme Court, spokeswoman
Kathy Arberg said about 400 court employ-
ees and others were tested for possible expo-
sure to anthrax Friday and Saturday. Those
tested were given six-day supplies of the
antibiotic doxycycline. Depending on
whether test results reveal any contamina-
tion of the court's main building, some of
those 400 may be given 60-day supplies of
the drug, she said.
Tests on the building began Friday night
and continued through the weekend. Results
were not available last night, Arberg said.
Thousands of postal workers and others
who dealt with large amounts of mail
already were being urged to Fake preventive
"There may be other letters that are stuck
in the system,"White House Chief of Staff
Andrew Card said on "Fox News Sunday."
We're asking people to be very careful."
Deputy Postmaster General John M.
Nolan said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that
there are many suppositions among investi-
gators about more letters, but I don't have
any way of knowing."
Despite the strain on the system, postal
vice president Deborah Willhite vowed the
mail will go through.
CIA tried to save guerrilla
leader with remote aircraft
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - An unmanned
aircraft operated by the CIA attacked a
Taliban convoy Friday in a desperate
attempt to save guerrilla commander
Abdul Haq, but the air strike failed to
keep Taliban forces from capturing
and executing the Pashtun leader, U.S.
officials said yesterday.
Haq had previously clashed with the
CIA, and he entered Taliban-controlled
territory in Afghanistan eight days ago
of his own accord, according to a senior
U.S. official who has been briefed on the
incident by agency officers.
Nonetheless, CIA officials
responded to a distress call on his
behalf with a RQ-1 Predator - a
remotely-controlled drone armed
with antitank missiles - after the
U.S. military reported having no
strike aircraft in the vicinity, the
senior official said. Haq's capture
provides a rare window into the
CIA's hidden role in Afghanistan,
underscoring the ambiguities and
dangers of its effort to recruit tribal
leaders against the Taliban. His
execution already has led to recrim-
inations in Washington, with the
CIA and some of Haq's influential
U.S. supporters blaming each other
for his demise.
Intelligence sources said the CIA
and U.S. military had been doubtful
about Haq's real capabilities as an
Afghan opposition leader. But the
43-year-old veteran of the war
against Soviet Union in the 1980s
possessed a cachet rivaled by few
other Pashtun exiles.
His death leaves the CIA with no
comparable figure to turn to as it
attempts to foment rebellion, particu-
larly among Pashtuns, the dominant
ethnic group in southern Afghanistan.
Regardless of whether the CIA sup-
ported his risky foray, its inability to
save him will not make persuading oth-
ers to defect any easier, U.S. officials
It remains unclear how the Tal-
iban learned that Haq had crossed
the border from Pakistan. But intel-
ligence sources said the CIA must
consider the possibility that he was
betrayed by Pakistan's Inter-Service
Intelligence Agency, which helped
create the Taliban in the mid-1990s.
If that turns out to be the case, the
CIA's ability to use Pakistan as a
staging area could be called into
Accordingto a senior Bush admin-
istration official, the only recent con-
tact between Haq and the CIA
occurred in Peshawar, close to the bor-
der, on the day before the guerrilla
commander went into Afghanistan,
when he was offered several satellite
He previously had sought - and
received - political support from
some American policynaakers,
including Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Armitage and House
Speaker Dennis Hastert'(R-Ill.),
who made at least one phone call to
the Bush administration on his
behalf, the senior official said.
Quz Azizurahaman,18, and commander Sayed Qudratullah, guard the Northern Alliances's Quazi Tomjuq command post
near the town of Lala Maidan yesterday during a second round of U.S. airstrikes on northern Afghanistan.
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ern Alliance, which is dominated by ethnic Tajiks and
Uzbeks, to take over the capital, which is inhabited
largely by Pashtuns, the country's largest ethnic group.
But Rumsfeld said suggestions that the United States
was restraining the Northern Alliance were "just factu-
ally not true."
"We have been very energetic in assisting the North-
ern Alliance forces that are arrayed against Kabul as
well as Mazar e-Sharif and, indeed, down in the Kanda-
har area," he said, referring to cities in the north and
Over the weekend, Osama Baz, a top aide to Egypt-
ian President losni Mubarak, warned that it would be
an "affront" to Muslims everywhere if the United
States continued heavy bombing during Ramadan,
which begins in mid-November. Abdelouahed Belkez-
iz, secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, also said the bombings should be suspend-
--ed -before Ramadan, when Muslims fast during day-
Yet Rumsfeld reiterated the Bush administration's
determination to press the military campaign without
"The Northern Alliance and the Taliban fought
through Ramadan year after year. There was a Middle
East war during Ramadan. There is nothing in that reli-
gion that suggests that conflicts have to stop during
Ramadan," he said.
Separately, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told
the British Broadcasting Corp. that a pause in bombing
was "being considered, but I have to say that if you
look at the history of warfare in Islamic countries ...
there have not been pauses during Ramadan." Ile cited
the 1980-88 war between Iraq and Iran, and the 1979-
89 Soviet war in Afghanistan.
Straw added that fighting could go on indefinitely.
"Indefinitely may mean a matter of weeks. It may mean
a matter of months. It may mean a bit longer," he said.
Rumsfeld accused the Taliban and al-Qaida of using
mosques, schools and hospitals as command centers
and ammunition depots.
"They're placing artillery and tanks and armored
vehicles in close proximity to hospitals and schools in
residential areas," he said, responding to a question
about civilian casualties of the U.S. bombing.
"We have to be more careful," Rumsfeld said,
adding, "but nothing's perfect."
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The victory keeps Michigan on track for a Big Ten cham-
pionship and Bowl Championship Series bid. With Ohio
State suffering its second Big Ten loss, Michigan would
have to lose two of its final four games to not capture the
conference crown and coveted BCS bid.
Going into Saturday's game, the Wolverines weren't
expecting to need any late-game heroics to escape Iowa
City with a win.
But Michigan found itself down 20-7 in the second half
and having not been able to move the ball offensively at all,
its sole touchdown coming off a Zack Kauffman blocked
punt that was recovered for a touchdown.
A Tyrece Butler 77-yard reception set up a Chris Perry
touchdown, bringing the Wolverines within six, and Walker
took it from there.
Plays like Walker's catch are often the difference
between championships and second-place finishes.
Since Woodson's departure, the Wolverines have lacked
the one player who could take over games and find a
way to make a play that ultimately wins a game, that his
team should lose.
Saturday, Michigan found that player.
"Walker made some fantastic plays," Iowa coach Kirk
Ferentz said. "And down there in the endzone. ... He had
more than that obviously, but that was a tremendous grab."
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seat. Shortly after the discovery, the dri-
ver and his passenger exited the car and
fled the scene.
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K-9 unit responded at DPS' request to
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"At first, it did feel awkward to
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"But the fact of the matter is that
my financial situation hasn't
changed and my spending habits are
the same. I don't feel pressure to
"We saw a definite drop in busi-
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come back," said Ed Davidson,
owner of Bivouac on South State
Street. "We've actually had a lot of
people coming in recently with the
Davidson said the store did not
plan to offer any incentives to bring
more students in.
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to conduct the study to gain a better understanding of the
hazards of the chemicals, especially if they were causing
neural damage, and because of the high cost of worker's
compensation and trial expenses for CSX.
"Present controversy exists as to the presence and magni-
tude of alleged occupational solvent neurotoxicity. The
uncertainty has produced substantial anxiety and fear in
exposed workers and their families," the proposal said.
In light of this investigation, research officials are taking
steps to improve required forms sent in with the initial pro-
posal to lessen the likelihood of misunderstandings and to
prevent more serious mishaps.
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