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Connecticut woman has anthrax
WASHINGTON (AP) - A letter to Sen. Patrick
Leahy was laced with billions of anthrax spores,
authorities said yesterday, and a suspected case of
the most deadly form of the disease mysteriously
appeared in Connecticut.
An elderly woman in a rural area of the state pre-
liminarily tested positive for inhalation anthrax, the
first suspected case in several weeks.
The woman, in her 90s, was hospitalized in seri-
ous condition as authorities awaited additional test
results from the federal government.
"It's difficult to explain how the person contracted
anthrax," Connecticut Gov. John Rowland said.
"There is no evidence they contracted the disease as
a result of a criminal act."
In Washington, trace amounts of anthrax were
found in the mailrooms of two congressional offices
and FBI agents and scientists began their analysis of
the Leahy letter found last week.
An FBI microbiologist, speaking only on condi-
tion of anonymity, said there were easily billions of
anthrax spores in the letter addressed to Leahy. Sci-
entists have said 8,000 to 10,000 spores are enough
to infect a person with inhalation anthrax.
An investigator who found the Leahy letter in a
bin of unopened congressional mail last Friday night
could feel powder inside the envelope, the microbiol-
ogist said. A two-minute test of the plastic garbage
bag that was used to hold the Leahy letter detected
23,000 anthrax spores, he said.
That letter was postmarked Oct. 9, around the time
a similar anthrax-tainted letter was sent to Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).
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WASHINGTON (AP) Secretary of State Colin Powell
appealed yesterday for fast action to feed, clothe, house and
educate the 25 million people of war-torn Afghanistan.
"We have a noble task before us." he said as representatives
of 21 nations and the European Union met for one day to con-
It is also an expensive, long-haul task. U.N. development
administrator Mark Malloch Brown said Monday he could not
estimate the cost, but he likened it to a rescue operation in
Mozambique that cost S6.5 billion.
The World Bank and other lending institutions will meet in
Islamabad. Pakistan, at the end of the month, and a steering
committee headed by the United States, Japan, the European
Union and Saudi Arabia will meet in Europe in December to
define projects. Foreign ministers of the 21 nations will meet
in Japan in January. The twin aims are "quick-hitting projects"
like shelter, roads and agriculture, as well as long-term pro-
jects, Undersecretary of State Alan Larson said at the end of'
the "extraordinary, significant conference."
On a hopeful note, a senior official, who briefed reporters
on condition of anonymity, said there was enough food to get
the Afghan people through the winter. lie said it would be dis-
tributed in their villages to minimize further dislocation of
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Microsoft giving $1B to poor schools
Microsoft said yesterday that it will give thousands of the nation's poorest
schools more than SI billion in cash and services to settle dozens of private class-
action antitrust lawsuits. The proposed settlement would pay for teacher training,
technical support, refurbished computers and copies of Microsoft's most popular
software, such as Windows and Office. The company said the material would be
disbursed over five years at more than 12,500 schools serving 7 million children.
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said the settlement would avoid a
long, expensive court fight while helping "some of the most disadvantaged stu-
dents in the country"
Critics of the plan, including some plaintiffs' lawyers, said it did nothing to
punish Microsoft. One clled it "pathetic."
The software giant would admit no wrongdoing under the settlement, which
must be approved by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore. A hear-
ing was scheduled for Nov. 27.
The private lawsuits allege that Microsoft abused its monopoly power in the
software market and overcharged millions of computer buyers. Most of the suits
were filed after the government filed its landmark antitrust suit against the soft-
ware company in 1998.
Plane crashed 18 seconds after hitting wake
American Airlines Flight 587 crashed just 18 seconds after hitting the second
wake from a jet that took off before it, according to data released yesterday by
the National Transportation Safety Board.
The American plane was aloft for just 103 seconds before crashing Nov. 12,
killing all 260 people on board and five on the ground, newly released NTSB
data show. Investigators are focusing on the tail, which sheared off the plane
before the crash.
Information from the cockpit and flight data recorders show the plane ran into
two wakes from a Japan Air Lines 747 that took off 105 seconds before the
American Airbus A300-600.
The second wake occurred 85 seconds after the American plane took off and
18 seconds before it crashed.
After encountering the second wake, the plane experienced some side to side
movements, which gradually got stronger and coincided with movements of the
rudder. The board is investigating the rudder movements. The rudder and the tail
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WASHINGTON - The number of
foreign citizens traveling to the Unit-
ed States appears to have dropped
across a range of categories since
Sept. 11, with fewer coming to sight-
see, learn English or even eke out a
living working illegally as a busboy
The decline may last only a few
months, but it's distressing to families
and to businesspeople who have
catered to the growing wave of for-
eigners arriving in recent decades.
The slowdown is clearly visible in
the Washington area, a magnet for
immigrants and tourists alike.
Spooked by the terrorist attacks or
discouraged by the slowing economy
and immigration clampdown, many
foreign visitors have stayed away,
numerous interviews show.
"September I11 is huge. The airport
was closed. Then the anthrax." said
Ana Lado, whose English-language
school here has experienced a 10 per-
cent drop in enrollment. "We definite-
ly feel it."
Celia Rivas, who runs a surburban
immigration clinic, normally sees a
different kind of traveler: recently
arrived Latin Americans seeking to
obtain legal papers. That stream 6f
laborers has dried up.
"People are scared of the condi
tions this country is living (under) at
this time," Rivas said.
The decline in foreigners cuts
across numerous categories:
There was a 11 percent drop in
U.S. visas issued to foreign tourists,
business travelers and students from
Sept. 11 to Oct. 25, compared with
the same period a year earlier. "Basi-
cally, it's fewer people applying for
visas," said a State Department offi-
cial, noting 777,498 visas were grant-
ed in the recent period.
The Immigration and Naturaliza-
tion Service reported its sharpest
monthly falloff in arrests of illegal
immigrants on the southern border,
with 43,013 in October, half as many
as a year earlier. A spokeswoman said
the figure appears to reflect a plunge
in crossings by foreign nationals
The number of foreign tourists,
initially expected to grow 4 percent
this year, is forecast instead to dive 13
percent, according to the Travel
Industry Association of America.
Even the flow of refugees has
stopped - though not by their
choice. Up to 10,000 refugees from
Africa, the Middle East and other
areas who had expected to move to
the United States since Sept. 11 have
been stymied as the U.S. government
conducts a security review of the pro-
gram, said Jana Mason, of the U.S.
Committee for Refugees. The delay
has worried the refugees' relatives
and assistance groups. "Some are in
harm's way or in desperate financial
conditions," Mason said.
Susan Martin, director of George-
town University's Institute for the
Study of International Migration, said
the decline in arrivals appears to be
fin fell off first, followed by the engines.
patch OK'd by FDA
Federal health officials approved
sale of the world's first contracep-
tive ,patch yesterday, giving women
an option considered as safe and
effective as the pill but easier for
some to use.
Ortho-Evra emits through the
skin low doses of the same hor-
mones used in birth control pills -
but requires women to remember to
use it weekly instead of daily like a
But the FDA, in approving the
matchbook-sized beige patch,
warned that Ortho-Evra may not
work as well for women who weigh
more than 198 pounds.
Pharmaceuticals said the patch
would begin selling next year, by
prescription only. The price will be
similar to birth control pills, which
cost about $40 a month.
named after RFK
President Bush named the Justice
Department headquarters after former
Attorney General Robert E Kennedy in a
ceremony yesterday attended by a pha-
lanx of Kennedys, including a daughter
of RFK who earlier in the day sharply
criticized the Bush administration.
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo has said her
father would not have approved of the
administration's efforts to give broad
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new powers for police and prosecutors
to fight terrorism because they under-
mine civil liberties. Bushedidnot men-
tion Cuomo's comments at the
dedication ceremony for Kennedy, who
would have turned 76 yesterday. The
president praised RFK's war on orga-
nized crime and'support for civil rights.
"From this day, his birthday, every-
one who enters this building or passes
by will think of Robert F. Kennedy and
what he still means to this country,"
Boy sentenced to life
for beating stepmom
A 16-year-old boy was sentenced yes-
terday to life in prison for beating his
adoptive mother to death with a baseball
bat while six young children watched.
Arnell VanDuyne had pleaded guilty
to first-degree murder in the July 5 slay-
ing of Norma Young, 41.
Young and her husband, Paul, had
taken in VanDuyne as a foster child
more than three years ago and later
VanDuyne allegedly told police he
was angry because his mother told him
to clean out his dresser and then told
him he wasn't doing it right, District
Attorney Randall Harris said. Van-
Duyne said he tied Young's hands
behind her back, tried to rape her and
then beat her, Harris said.
A day later, police arrested Van-
Duyne in Texas after a high-speed
chase. He had fled in the Youngs' car
and taken her credit cards.
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