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Government handles air securiNEWSBRIEF
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - On the first day the Yesterday's deadline was the first step in a nine-N LEGa.
government took responsibility for airport security,
some passengers noticed extra vigilance and felt reas-
sured by the change. Federal officials pledged yester-
day to protect travelers and treat them with courtesy.
The second major deadline in the new airline secu-
rity law passed as smoothly as the first, when airlines
last month began inspecting checked baggage for
A new federal agency now oversees aviation secu-
rity rather than the airline industry and Federal Avia-
"As of now, we will make sure we're observing the
screening and make sure it's being done properly,"
said John Magaw, undersecretary for transportation
security, after arriving at Washington Dulles Interna-
tional Airport from Miami.
With the same screeners staffing security check-
points, and even airline officials helping to oversee
the operations, Magaw said passengers at first will
not see much of a difference.
month transition from private security companies to
a better-trained, higher-paid federal work force to
screen passengers and baggage.
What passengers should notice are the chairs they
can use when they are asked to remove their shoes to
be checked for explosives. In addition, travelers
inspected with handheld wands will have their valu-.
ables in front of them.
"I hope that they'll notice a slight difference in the
courtesy," Magaw said. "Hopefully, they won't notice
anything much different than that."
Some arriving passengers at Dulles, where a plane
was hijacked Sept. 11 and crashed into the Pentagon,
said security was tighter than they had seen since the
"We commented on it," said Robin Cloninger of
Morristown, N.J., arriving from Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., with two classmates at Loyola College in Balti-
more. "A lot more people were getting their bags
searched, taken off the line."
Corpses found in sheds behind crematory
Distraught families began the wrenching task of trying to identify loved ones
yesterday in this rural community where dozens of decomposing corpses were
being removed from a crematory.
Authorities said they had recovered 97 bodies - including one infant - from
storage sheds and scattered in woods behind Tri-State Crematory in this hamlet
about 25 miles south of Chattanooga, Tenn.
The final toll is expected to be at least 200, said Dr. Kris Sperry, Georgia's
chief medical examiner. 16 people have been identified so far. The discoveries
began Friday when a woman walking her dog found a skull.
"We're just barely skimming the surface," Sperry said. "Some of the remains
Officials were requesting federal assistance and equipment to help process the
remains, a task which has overwhelmed local resources, Sperry said. Investigators
believe the crematory had stacked the corpses for up to 15 years.
"They just piled them on top and then piled more on top. And then they just
left them," Sperry said. "I wish we had a good explanation for this, but we
Palestinian attack on Israeli army base fAis
Baggage is checked through an x-ray machine at
Boston's Logan Airport yesterday.
LINIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Israeli police foiled an attack on an army base yesterday as the country's lead-
ers considered their response to recent Palestinian attacks with new elements: A
suicide bombing in a Jewish settlement, the destruction of an Israeli tank and
rocket fire at Israel.
After sunset, police stopped a suspicious car at the entrance to an army train-
ing base near the northern Israeli town of Hadera, six miles from the West Bank.
Police said one of its two occupants started shooting, and they returned fire.
One of the assailants was shot and killed, said police commander Yaakov Raz.
The other tried to escape in the car, but "saw he could not get through a roadblock
and set off a bomb he was carrying, killing himself," he said.
Six other people were wounded, including three policemen, rescue officials said.
West Bank leaders of the Al Aqsa Brigades, a militia affiliated with Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, said the group planned the attack.
They said Mohammed Hmuda, 18, planned to detonate explosives on the base,
while 22-year-old Abdeljaber Khaled was to spray the camp with bullets.
U.S. begins terrorism
training in Asia
The United States rapidly is expand-
ing military ties in Asia, where Presi-
dent Bush is visiting three countries
this week, as it fights terrorism and
tries to promote regional stability.
In the most visible example, about
600 U.S. troops over the weekend
began advising Filipino troops fighting
Muslim extremists on a southern
But U.S. military leaders and Bush
administration officials also are talk-
ing with Australia, Malaysia, Singa-
pore and Indonesia about ways to
increase military cooperation to pur-
sue possible members of Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida network or other ter-
Congress recently passed a bill that
would establish a counterterrorism
training program for officers in South-
east Asian armies.
Mother on trial for
illg five children
The fate of Andrea Yates hinges on
whether the jurors who start hearing
evidence today will believe she knew
the difference between right and
wrong when she drowned her five
young children in their bathtub, then
called 911 and told police what she
The 37-year-old woman faces two
capital murder charges in the June 20
deaths of three of her five children,
ranging in age from 7 years to 6
Defense attorneys say the former
nurse turned stay-at-home mom is
innocent by reason of insanity. They
will try to prove that she suffered from
a severe mental disease or defect which
prevented her from knowing that hold-
ing her children beneath water until
they could no longer breathe was
deadliest of rebellion
Communist rebels killed at least
129 police, soldiers and civilians in
unprecedented attacks in northwestern
Nepal yesterday, -undermirrig
prospects for peace in this poor
Himalayan kingdom still recovering
from the shock of a massacre at the
royal palace last year.
The attacks on government offices
and an airport were the deadliest since
the rebels began fighting to topple the
constitutional monarchy in 1996 from
remote mountain areas in this land of
exquisite beauty but violent politics.
The rebels, who draw their inspira-
tion from Chinese revolutionary
leader Mao Tse-tung, had abandoned
peace talks and ended a cease-fire in
November, saying negotiations had
produced no results. The governmeht
declared a state of emergency three
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