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Sixteen killed in
Israeli retaliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -
Israel sent warplanes and tanks against
Palestinian targets yesterday, killing
the wife and three children of a Hamas
militant in what the military said was a
mistake. In all, 16 Palestinians died in
retaliatory raids.
The multiple strikes in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip followed a
Cabinet decision Sunday to intensify
military action after Israel was left
reeling from Palestinian bombing and
shooting attacks that killed 22 Israelis
over the weekend.
After nightfall, Israeli F-16 war-
planes bombed Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat's headquarters com-
pound in Bethlehem, Palestinian
officials said. Four Palestinians

passing by the compound were
wounded, doctors said. The building
had been evacuated for days in
expectation of an Israeli attack.
Witnesses said the warplanes set two
security buildings on fire. Palestinian
security official Ahmed Abdel Rah-
man condemned the attack, calling it
"dangerous escalation."
The Israeli military said the attacks
were a "response to murderous attacks
of the past few days."
"We are in a war over our home
and the war is horrible," Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon told parlia-
ment, vowing Israel will not suc-
cumb to what he has described as a
relentless campaign of Palestinian

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian as they check his identity following an
exchange of fire between troops in the West Bank yesterday.

"I am sure in the end that we will
win and peace will come to this
home,' he said.
Sharon said the Palestinians must
absorb punishment to learn that terror-
ism does not pay.
In Washington, Secretary of State
Colin Powell praised a proposal by

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to
host a summit meeting between Sharon
and Arafat. Mubarak, who is in Wash-
ington, said he hoped such a meeting
might "change the atmosphere."
It's an interesting idea," said Powell.
But he said a decision ultimately was
up to Sharon and Arafat.

Jusicesdeny free access to power grids
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld federal rules intended to give people
choices for electricity service, but rejected arguments by Enron Corp., for even
freer access to the nation's power grids.
The justices, in a case involving states' rights and federal authority over
electricity markets, also turned back an argument by nine states that the gov-
ernment had overstepped its authority when it directed utilities to open
power lines to competitors.
Enron, which before its bankruptcy was one of the nation's top electricity
traders, had maintained that federal regulators had not given power marketers the
same access to electricity grids as held by traditional, state-regulated utilities.
The states in presentations before the court Oct. 3, before the severity of
Enron's troubles was publicly known, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Com-
mission had usurped the states' traditional authority to regulate retail prices when
it opened the wholesale power grids to competition in 1996.
But the Justice Department, speaking on behalf of the commission, had argued
that the commission pursued a balanced approach that allowed competitors access
to power lines, but left retail market issues to states.
Lake in Georgia drained in hunt for bodies *
Authorities began draining a three-acre lake yesterday in their search for bodies
near a crematory where more than 300 corpses have already been discovered.
Pipes drew enough water out to drop the lake level by 6 inches, authorities said.
They estimate the lake outside Tri-State Crematory is 8 feet deep at its deepest point.
Authorities said they will probably spend more than a week dredging the dry lake
bed for human remains. A skull and a torso were discovered in the lake last month.
So far, 339 rotting corpses have been discovered dumped in pits, left in sheds
and stacked in vaults at the facility.
Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh is in jail on 118 charges of theft by decep-
tion for allegedly taking payment to cremate the dead and instead passing-off
cement powder and dirt as ashes.
Investigators have said Marsh told them the incinerator was broken.
But yesterday, authorities disclosed for the first time that the incinerator is
working properly. State emergency agency spokeswoman Lisp Ray said the
machine's manufacturer successfully tested it last week.

Leave a Lasting


P ISTINA, Yugos'av'a
Kosovo lawmakers
approve president
Amid thunderous applause, moderate
ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova
became Kosovo's first president yester-
day, claiming the right to govern beside
the United Nations and NATO and
promising to push for independence.
In one round of open balloting, the
province's lawmakers overwhelming-
ly approved a power-sharingsdeal
that sealed the election of president
and government in the southern
Yugoslav province after a months-
long deadlock.
Clutching a bouquet after the vote,
Rugova joined hands with the newly
elected prime minister, Bajram Rexhepi,
a senior official of a rival party whose
chief led the ethnic Albanian rebel group
that fought Serb forces in the late 1990s.
"We will jointly work for a free,
democratic, peaceful, prosperous and
independent Kosovo," Rugova said.
ZW, Afghanlstan
Mghan earthquake
leaves hundreds dead
A powerful earthquake sent a cliff
tumbling onto a village in northern
Afghanistan, crushing houses and
killing at least 100 people, officials
said yesterday.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck Sun-
day afternoon, rattling buildings across
six countries of Central and South Asia.
Dozens were injured in Afghanistan and.

Pakistan but early reports had put the
death toll at only one - in Kabul.
However, communications in
northern Afghanistan are primitive
and it can take days for reports to
Survivors in this remote community
in the Hindu Kush mountains north of
Kabul pointed to the sheered-off cliff
that had roared down on their valley
minutes after the earth stopped rocking.
The landslide buried some 100 homes
and blocked a river.
Author drops out of
Pulitzer judging post
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin,
who recently admitted copying pas-
sages from other works in one of her
best-selling books, has withdrawn from
judging the Pulitzer Prizes next month.
Pulitzer board administrator Sey-
mour Topping said yesterday that
Goodwin "decided not to participate"
when the board meets April 4 and 5 to
choose the 21 prizes for arts and jour-
nalism work done last year.
In a March 3 letter to board chairman
John Carroll, the historian said
"because I am so distracted by the
media focus on my work, I do not feel
capable of giving the considerable time
needed to make the proper judgments."
The Pulitzers, journalism's highest
honor, are awarded by Columbia Uni-
versity on the recommendation of the
18-member board, which considers
nominations from Pulitzer juries.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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