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Israeli troops raid West Bank village

ARTAS, West Bank (AP) - Israeli troops
backed by tanks raided this Palestinian village in
the West Bank early yesterday, arresting three
suspected militants. Six Palestinians were hurt in
clashes, officials and witnesses said.
The Israeli troops entered Artas, south of Beth-
lehem, and arrested a senior figure in the militant
Islamic Jihad movement, one of the groups that
has carried out suicide bomb attacks in Israeli
cities, the army said.
The wounded Palestinians including four
with bullet wounds, but their lives were not in
danger, a Palestinian hospital official said. One
was a pregnant woman hit in the leg while she
was sleeping, but her unborn baby was
unharmed, said Dr. Peter Qumri, director of the
hospital in nearby Beit Jalla. The army said its
soldiers opened fire when fired upon.
Eight cars were crushed flat by the tanks and
soldiers threw a grenade into one house, burning
furniture and smashing all the windows in the

room. The soldiers searched houses and ques-
tioned residents, before withdrawing after about
three hours, residents said.
Yesterday afternoon, Israeli troops and tanks
entered Palestinian territory in the central Gaza
Strip, occupying the municipality building in the
village of Abu Hajim, Palestinian witnesses and
security sources said. It was not clear what
prompted the Israeli action, and the military did
not immediately comment.
The army raid into the village of Artas came
two days after a Palestinian woman blew her-
self up in downtown Jerusalem, killing an
elderly Israeli.
Shortly afterward the Artas raid and a few
miles away, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on
the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo on the southern
edge of Jerusalem. Gilo is built on land captured
by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, and has come
under frequent Palestinian fire during the.16
months of Mideast fighting.

Trading unaffected by Enron collapse
While Enron's collapse has stunned investors, it has not damaged the nation's
energy trading industry or energy supplies, a top federal regulator told a Senate
hearing yesterday.
Several senators questioned why on the day after Enron's bankruptcy, long-
term energy prices - so-called forward prices traded electronically and largely
in secret by Enron - fell by nearly a third in the western power markets.
"That certainly raises questions about whether Enron was manipulating the
West Coast market," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
Such transactions are exempt from federal regulation and do not fall under
normal commodity exchanges, so they are conducted largely in secret-making
it virtually impossible to gauge whether actual manipulation occurred, witnesses
told the senators.
Because of Enron's prominence in electronic energy trading, it "had enormous
ability to swing those forward (long-term) markets" and inflate prices, said Robert
McCullough, an energy consultant whose clients include Northwest utilities.
He said the "very clear implication" of the sudden price drop in long-term
power prices in the West on Dec. 3, a day after the Enron bankruptcy, "is that
Enron may have been using its market dominance to set forward prices."
Dow drops 247, most in three months
Investors showed a growing lack of faith in corporate America's accounting
practices yesterday, sending the Dow Jones industrials tumbling nearly 250 points
on worries that more companies might be vulnerable to bookkeeping scandals.
Analysts said Wall Street, already jittery about the timing of an economic recov-
ery, was concerned that companies including the conglomerate Tyco might suffer
from the same type of balance-sheet irregularities that brought down Enron. Even
stronger-than-expected consumer confidence numbers failed to stop the selling.
The Dow closed down 247.51, or 2.5 percent, at 9,618.24. The selling snapped a
four-day winning streak and brought the blue-chip index to levels not seen since
mid-November. It was the biggest point drop in three months.
The losses were even more significant in broader indicators. The Nasdaq com-
posite index fell 50.93, or 2.6 percent, to 1,892.98. The Standard & Poor's 500
index dropped 32.42, or 2.9 percent, to 1,100.64.
"On the heels of this Enron situation, people are very concerned about
accounting practices," said Todd Clark, head of listed equity trading at Wells

An Israel border police officer monitors Jaffa street, site of
this week's bombing attack, from the rooftop of a building.

Afghans say U.S. captured loyal officials

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP)
- Afghan authorities said yesterday
the U.S. military mistakenly seized a
district police chief and other local
leaders loyal to the new government
and has now promised to free them.
Afghan officials portray last
week's raid by U.S. special forces as
a mission gone awry in which at
least 15 Afghans were killed and 27
taken prisoner. They say the police
were collecting weapons from local
The Pentagon insists that special
forces attacked a legitimate military
target in the Jan. 23 raid on an
ammunition dump that U.S. intelli-
gence analysts believed al-Qaida or
Taliban forces were using. One
American soldier was wounded in
he Office of International
Programs ad in yesterday's
edition was incorrect. Look
for the correct ad on Friday.
The 2002 Study Abroad r
on October 2, 2002.

the ankle in the raid north of Kanda-
However, the spokesman for Kan-
dahar Gov. Gul Agha said those cap-
tured in the raid included the district
police chief, his deputy and mem-
bers of the district council - all
loyal to the interim government of
Prime Minister Hamid Karzai.
Spokesman Yusuf Pashtun said
the Kandahar administration has
asked the Americans for clarifica-
tion of the detainees' status and the
reasons they are being held.
Pashtun said the Americans
promised they would begin releasing
some of the detainees within the
next few days. A spokesman for the
U.S. military at Kandahar airport,
Capt. Tony Rivers, declined com-

At the U.S. military's Central
Command headquarters in Tampa,
Fla., spokesman Gunnery Sgt.
Charles Portman said "we have no
additional information" beyond
what the Pentagon has said in recent
Local Afghans say Taliban fight-
ers were handing over weapons at
the site and that some of the pro-
government figures collecting the
arms were killed in the U.S. raid.
The raid occurred in Uruzgan
province, where Karzai organized
resistance to the Taliban before the
Islamic militia collapsed last year
following intense American bomb-
ing and attacks by the U.S.-backed
northern alliance.

After meeting Monday with Presi-
dent Bush in Washington, Karzai
told The Associated Press that he
has sent a delegation to investigate
last week's raid.
U.S. officials acknowledge the
difficulties of obtaining reliable
intelligence in Afghanistan, where
local warlords with a tradition of
shifting loyalties still wield power
more than a month after Karzai's
interim government was installed in
the capital, Kabul.
Also yesterday, Pakistan denied a
report by CBS News that Osama bin
Laden received kidney dialysis in a
Pakistani military hospital the night
before the Sept. 11 terror attacks in
the United States. Bin Laden is the
chief suspect in the attacks.

Ypsilanti girls' disappearance
may be connected to Longo

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A miss-
ing Michigan girl who police think is in
Oregon met Christian Longo, the man
accused of killing his family and dump-
ing them in the Pacific Ocean, over the
Internet, the girl's stepmother said yes-
Kala Haller, 13, and her 16-year-old
sister Elizabeth have been missing from
their Ypsilanti home since Sept. 26,
when they left their bedroom in the mid-
dle of the night through an open win-
dow and stole the family's car, said

Donna Haller, the girls' stepmother.
Longo, who owned a construction
cleaning business in Ypsilanti, moved
with his family to the Newport area
about three months before the bodies of
his wife and children were found in
coastal inlets in Waldport, Ore. and
Newport, Ore., between Dec. 19 and
Dec. 27.
Longo, 28, was arrested in Mexico
earlier this month following an interna-
tional manhunt. He is charged with
seven counts of aggravated murder and

is lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
Kala Haller called an Oregon emer-
gency dispatcher late Sunday, whisper-
ing into a cell phone that she had been
kidnapped, The Oregonian reported.
Kala gaid she was speaking on an
abductor's cell phone in a blue Honda
parked in a McDonald's parking lot in
east Portland.
A police search of the area turned up
no Honda, said Angela Blanchard, a
spokeswoman for the Clackamas Coun-
ty sheriff's office.

Fargo Securities.
AIHA BRA, Calif.
Robber holds ba
employees hostage
A man demanding $50,000 and
claiming to have a gun took nine
employees hostage at a suburban Los
Angeles bank yesterday, police said.
All were released or escaped before
the suspect surrendered..
The man had been negotiating his
surrender when his last few hostages
slipped out the front door or a bath-
room window, Sgt. David Nater said.
"He was on the phone, kind of
looked around, and realized he had no
hostages," Nater said. The other
employees had been released earlier.
The man, believed to be in his 30s,
walked into the Cathay Bank branch.
shortly before 9:30 a.m., told employ-
ees he was armed and demanded the
money, Nater said. No customers
were inside.
Bank employees gave him an
undisclosed amount of money and
triggered a silent alarm.
LAGOS, Nigeria
Nigerian resident
declares disaster
Nigeria's president declared a
national disaster yesterday after a
series of explosions at an army
weapons depot in Lagos left at least
600 dead, most of them women and
children who drowned in a canal while
trying to run away.
In a radio broadcast, President*
Olusegun Obasanjo said "over 600
bodies had been recovered," including

many from the Oke Afa canal in the
northern Isolo neighborhood of this
city of 12 million. He said the dead
were mostly women, young people
and children.
"What happened in Lagos was a
monumental tragedy," Obasanjo said,
calling the deaths a "national disaster."
Lagos Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu
blamed the deaths on military negli-
gence, radio stations said. The Vanguard
newspaper of Lagos estimated that more
than 2,000 people were killed.
President's niece
arrested for fraud
Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida's
governor and niece of President Bush,
was arrested early yesterday as she
allegedly tried to buy an anti-anxiety
drug with a fake prescription.
After being detained at the drive-up
window of a pharmacy in Tallahassee,
Florida's capital, the 24-year-old
woman, who appeared "very shaky" to
police, was taken to jail for booking on
a third-degree felony charge. She was
released on $1,000 bond, Tallahassee
police spokesman Scott Hunt said.
In a terse statement later in the day,
Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife tacitly
admitted the second-oldest of their
three children had developed a drug
problem, and asked for public under-
"Columba and I are deeply saddened
over an incident that occurred last night
involving our daughter Noelle," the
couple said.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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