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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 6, 2001


U.S. urges
JERUSALEM (AP) - U.S. envoys would b
urged Yasser Arafat to take harsh mea- for relati
sures against Islamic militants in meet- would be
ings and a phone call hours before a More t
suicide bomber detonated explosives some of t
yesterday outside a Jerusalem hotel, fur- ered in tt
ther rattling terror-weary Israelis' nerves. yesterda
In Arafat's boldest move yet against release. S
militants, Palestinian police put Hamas ian polic
spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin fired auto
under house arrest late yesterday. The Pa
Hamas has claimed responsibility for appealed
dozens of attacks, including deadly hand-del
weekend suicide bombings in Israel. time to pr
Palestinian security officials said terrorist v
Yassin, a quadriplegic, was told he Norwe

e allowed no visitors except
ves, and his telephone lines
than 600 Hamas supporters,
them carrying weapons, gath-
the street near Yassin's home
y night, demanding his
ome threw stones at Palestin-
e outside the building. Others
matic weapons in the air.
alestinian leader, meanwhile,
to President Bush, in a letter
livered yesterday, for more
rove he really is trying to stop
violence against Israelis.
egian Prime Minister Kjell

to get t
Magne Bondevik, who met with Bush
yesterday, told reporters he gave the
president "fresh messages" from the
Middle East: Arafat's letter plus word
from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon that Israel had ended its retalia-
tory strikes on Palestinian targets.
In a telephone conversation earlier
yesterday, "Sharon said he had no inten-
tion of attacking Palestinian targets
more, and for the last 26 hours, there
has been no attack," Bondevik told jour-
nalists on the White House driveway.
As for Arafat's message to Bush,
"The main message was, 'Give me a
chance,"' said Bondevik.

Yesterday night, the Senate
approved a resolution expressing U.S.
solidarity with Israel and ratified two
United Nations treaties that would
commit countries to fighting terrorism.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres said he urged the Palestinian
leader to arrest 36 suspected terrorist
leaders, while other Israeli officials
dismissed Arafat's arrests of 151 peo-
ple in recent days as a show.
Arafat countered that he was deter-
mined to break the terror networks in
the Palestinian territories, but Israeli
military strikes and sieges were making
the job impossible.

Pashtun to lead interim government

Scientists surgically open Leahy letter
Specially trained FBI scientists yesterday surgically opened an anthrax-tainted
letter sent to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and began extracting evidence they
hope will lead them to the person who launched a bioterrorism attack by mail
more than two months ago.
The FBI believes the Leahy letter, as well as three other contaminated letters,
may have been sent by an adult male operating alone in the United States. The
attack has been blamed for five deaths and at least 13 illnesses in recent months.
An FBI hazardous materials expert close to the investigation said the experts
examining the letter believe the envelope will contain the same type of expertly
processed anthrax that was discovered in a letter sent to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)
The scientific team, which includes officials from the Atlanta-based Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, also anticipates that the enclosed letter will
bear the same anti-American message contained in other anthrax mailings,
including ones sent to Daschle, NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and the New
York Post.
FBI officials could not confirm late Wednesday if the opening of the envelope,
a delicate procedure they had been planning for weeks, had been completed.
They declined to say how long the process was expected to take.
Bush and Congress prepare to square off g
As the Senate takes up measures today to protect the nation against further ter-
rorist attacks, Democrats are stepping up efforts to capitalize on President Bush's
threat to veto homeland defense initiatives that are popular in Congress.
On the Senate floor today, Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd
(D-W.Va.) will lead a battle to nearly double the administration's $8.8 billion
allocation for homeland protection by attaching $7.5 billion for bioterrorism pre-
vention, border security and other items to the annual defense spending bill.
Republicans, under withering pressure from the White House, may use parlia-
mentary maneuvers to block the extra funding. But many Republicans are con-
cerned that their loyalty could prove politically damaging if a city, port or federal
facility falls victim to some new act of terror before the 2002 election.
For the White House, however, holding the line on homeland security spend-
ing has become more than a matter of fiscal soundness. Officials say it's a test of
the administration's authority to reshape the federal establishment for the post-
Sept. 11 world. "I think, in part, it's about who will lead in this area," said White
House Budget Director Mitchell Daniels in an interview yesterday.

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) - Amid
applause and embraces, Afghan leaders signed a
pact yesterday creating a temporary administra-
tion for their war-ravaged nation. It will be head-
ed by an ethnic Pashtun who battled the Taliban
and include two women.
The choosing of a post-Taliban government to
lead Afghanistan for the next six months was the
result of nine days of furious negotiating and enor-
mous international pressure on the four Afghan fac-
tions meeting at a secluded luxury hotel near Bonn.
Under the pact, anti-Taliban commander Hamid
Karzai and his Cabinet will take over power in
Afghanistan from the triumphant northern alliance on
Dec. 22. The deal also requests the United Nations to

authorize an international force to keep security in the
capital, Kabul, and eventually other areas.
Reaching the agreement also secures billions in
aid to reconstruct the country. The European Union
quickly promised yesterday a "significant contribu-
tion" to helping Afghanistan rebuild.
German leaders and U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi,
who shepherded the parties and won the deal, broke
into applause at the signing ceremony yesterday
morning. Brahimi then embraced the delegates.
"Nowhere is the feeling of hope greater than among
the people of Afghanistan, who during 23 years of
tragedy and loss have maintained the hope that peace
and stability could be restored one day in their coun-
try," he told the conference's closing session.

Afghan delegates were jubilant after completing
the deal, which is aimed at ending more than two
decades of war and civil strife since the 1979 Soviet
"Maybe it's not perfect," said Mostapha Zaher,
grandson of the ex-king, whose supporters were one
of the four factions. "Under the circumstances it is
something honorable, something good. I think the
future of Afghanistan looks very bright."
The Taliban, battling to keep their last stronghold
in Afghanistan, denounced the interim administra-
tion as "puppets of America." "Any government
imposed on Afghans from abroad can't be accepted,"
Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban's former ambas-
sador to Pakistan, said.

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Fugitive arrested
for anthrax hoaxes

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escaped convict suspected of mailing
hundreds of anthrax hoax letters to
abortion clinics was captured yester-
day at a copy shop outside Cincinnati
after employees recognized him from
his wanted poster.
Clayton Lee Waagner - who once
testified that God told him to kill
abortion doctors - was one of the
FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives.
He had been on the run since Feb-
ruary, when he escaped from a jail in
Clinton, Ill., while awaiting sentenc-
ing for weapons offenses and auto
Federal marshals had distributed a
wanted poster to Kinko's stores after
learning Waagner was using the
stores' computers to log on to anti-
abortion websites and check e-mail.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has
called Waagner the primary suspect
behind anthrax hoaxes committed
against 280 clinics last month. The
clinics received envelopes containing


white powder and letters signed by the
"Army of God." The powder was not
Waagner claimed responsibility for
the letters when he showed up with a
gun at the Georgia home of an anti-
abortion activist last week, according
to authorities. The FBI had offered a
reward of $50,000 for information
leading to his arrest.
Waagner was arrested after employ-
ees at a Kinko's in Springdale recog-
nized him and called police, said Gary
Richards, a chief deputy with the U.S.
Marshals Service.
"My understanding is he was on a
computer, but I am not for sure,"
Richards said.
Vicki Saporta, the executive direc-
tor of the National Abortion Federa-
tion in Washington, said she is
relieved Waagner was apprehended.
"We've been very concerned that he
remained at large for so long because
he made some very specific threats,"
Saporta said.
Dow tops
10,000 for
first time
in months
NEW YORK (AP) - Technology
shares propelled the stock market
higher for a second straight session
yesterday, helping to boost the Dow
Jones industrials more than 220
points and giving the blue chips their
first close above 10,000 since Sept.
The advance also lifted the Nasdaq
composite index past 2,000 for the first
time since early August.
Investors were betting that the bat-
tered tech sector would trigger a new
bull market, and upbeat comments
from Cisco Systems and Oracle fed
the growing optimism.
Still, analysts said that while break-
ing through milestones like 10,000 or
2,000 is important to the investor's
mood, they discounted yesterday's per-
formance as an indicator that a bull
market had arrived.
The Dow surged 220.45, or 2.2 per-
cent, to finish a heavily-traded session
at 10,114.29. The Dow, which rose
129 points Tuesday, had not closed
above 10,000 since Sept. 5, when it
finished at 10,033.27.
It was also the Dow's best one-day
point win since Sept. 24, when the
blue chips rose 368 following the low
of 8,235.81 they made Sept. 21 after
the terror attacks.
Wall Street's broader stock indica-
tors also rose sharply. The Nasdaq
composite index soared 83.74, or 4.3
percent, to 2,046.84. The tech-focused
index hadn't ended above 2,000 since
Aug. 7 when it closed at 2,027.29.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index
gained 25.55, or 2.2 percent, to
Investors' enthusiasm mounted and
the marret ended nar the sesinn'

Relatives of vic s
lobby for tax -cut
Relatives of people killed in the ter-
rorist attacks converged on the Capitol
yesterday to appeal for a tax bill to help
them recover from financial losses
resulting from Sept. 11. "We come here
today with one thing in mind: We want
some assurance, we want some ease, we
want some pressure taken away from
us;' said Nikki Stern of Princeton, N.J.
Her husband, James E. Potorti, was
killed at the World Trade Center.
The relatives say many of the nearly
3,500 people killed in the attacks were
the primary providers for families that
now face uncertain financial futures
despite the nation's huge charitable out-
pouring. Both houses of Congress have
passed tax-relief measures for victims.
The relatives - 12 wives, a father, a
son and a brother-in-law of Sept. 11 vic-
tims - traveled to Washington in hopes
of forcing passage of the Senate's broad-
er version before the Christmas recess.
Democrats call for
better fuel mileage
Senate Democrats unveiled an energy
bill yesterday that stresses conservation
over production, calling for higher
miles-per-gallon gasoline standards for
SUVs and eschewing President Bush's
goal of opening up the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
The new measure is sharply differ-
ent from the Bush-backed energy bill
passed by the Republican-controlled

House earlier this year, underscoring
the tough task facing a divided Con-
gress as it attempts to craft the most
sweeping energy legislation in more
than a decade.
Still, the bill's unveiling signaled
that energy policy - which lost steam
after price shocks and supply short-
ages eased in California and elsewhere
- is moving back to center stage on
Capitol Hill.
The Senate is expected to take up the
issue early next year.
Space Shuttle lif
off after week delay
After nearly a week of delays, space
shuttle Endeavour blasted off under
heavy protection yesterday on a flight
to deliver a new crew to.the interna-
tional space station.
The shuttle left a beautiful golden
and peach contrail as it rose from its
seaside pad shortly before sunset, car-
rying seven astronauts and a load of
station supplies.
It was NASA's first mission since
the Sept. 11 attacks and received more
security than any other space shot.
Launch director Mike Leinbach
apologized to the astronauts for keep-
ing them in town a few extra days.
"Have a great flight," he said right
before liftoff.
Replied shuttle commander
Dominic Gorie: "We're all aware that
for over 200 years and certainly over
the last two months, freedom rings
loud and clear across this country.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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