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JERUSALEM (AP) --Israel barred a
Palestinian delegation from attending a
Mideast conference in London and
decided to close three Palestinian uni-
versities yesterday - a relatively muted
response to the deadliest suicide attack
in nearly a year.
Bombings on the scale of the twin
blasts in Tel Aviv on Sunday - 22 killed
and more than 100 wounded - in the
past triggered major Israeli military
But Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
options for retaliation are increasingly
limited, with Israel's general election
only three weeks away and the United
States eager to keep a lid on Mideast
violence ahead of a possible strike
An offshoot of a militia linked to
Yasser Arafat's Fitah movement
claimed responsibility for Sunday's
bombings, prompting new Israeli
accusations that the Palestinian
leader encourages and even orders
attacks on Israelis.
The Palestinian Authority condemned
the bombings and denied any involve-
ment, while Fatah tried to distance itself
from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a
militia with ties to the bombers. A
spokesman for the Al Aqsa offshoot
responsible for the blasts said his group
has been receiving money from Iran and
would not heed demands by Palestinian
Interior Minister Hani al-Hassan to stop
attacks in Israel.
Israel's Security Cabinet, meeting
early yesterday, did not order Arafat's
expulsion, seeking to avoid friction with
Washington ahead of a possible U.S.-
Iraq war. But Finance Minister Silvan
,Shalom, a member of the security Cabi-
net, said he expected Arafat will eventu-
ally be ousted from the West Bank.
"For the time being ... we have to get
through the Iraq crisis and after that
maybe get to more far-reaching steps,"
Shalom said on Israel TV "Arafat is
mixed up in terror."
The two bombers, residents of the
West Bank city of Nablus aged 19 and
20, blew themselves up in an old area of
Tel Aviv crowded with foreign workers.
States' use of tobacco money questioned
The American Lung Association is criticizing states for using tobacco settle-
ment money to cover budget deficits instead of anti-smoking programs.
A report released yesterday found that most states spend only a fraction of
what federal health officials have recommended on measures like anti-tobacco
programs at schools and counseling to help people quit smoking.
In many cases, the association found, states have used money from the tobac-
co settlement to plug budget gaps. The sluggish economy and new anti-terror-
ism spending have opened huge deficits for many states.
In 1998, tobacco companies agreed to pay $206 billion over 25 years to
46 states to settle lawsuits. Four states later settled separately for a total of
The association gave 32 states and the District of Columbia a grade of "F"
for weak spending on anti-tobacco programs. Only six states earned an "A."
"They are raiding tobacco funds to cover budget shortfalls and denying them-
selves a sound investment in their citizens' health," said John Kirkwood, the
association's chief executive.
Joan Henneberry, director of health policy for the National Governors Asso-
ciation, pointed out states are under unprecedented fiscal pressure, much of it
brought about by skyrocketing Medicaid costs.
GOP picks New York for 2004 convention
The Republican Party yesterday chose the city that suffered the heaviest blow
on Sept. 11 to host the 2004 GOP national convention.
After an intensive monthslong courtship of GOP leaders that included a Broadway
show and breakfast at Tiffany's, New York City beat out New Orleans and Tampa, Fla.
Party strategists said the decision to come to New York City - where Democrats
outnumber Republicans 5-1 - is a clear sign President Bush and the party believe the
GOP can carry the state in 2004 and wrest its 31 electoral votes from the Democrats.
No Republican presidential candidate has won the state since Ronald Reagan in
1984. And while New York City has hosted the Democrats several times, as
recently as 1992, it has never been the site of a Republican convention.
"If the Republican Party wants to make the case that they can represent everybody,
this is the place to go and do it," Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Republican Gov. George Pataki said the selection also demonstrates New York
has recovered from the terrorist attacks that killed 2,800 people. It is "yet another
sign of the confidence people have in New York and sends a message to America
and the world that New York is back," Pataki said.
An Israeli soldier searches Palestinian men at the Israeli Sudra
checkpoint on the main road leading to the Bir Zeit University yesterday.
U.S. vows to stick with Asian allies
WASHINGTON (AP) - High-level delegations
from South Korea and Japan brought their concerns
over North Korea's nuclear program to the Bush
administration yesterday and were assured the United
States would "work shoulder to shoulder" with them to
ease the crisis.
The two Asia allies would be vulnerable to North
Korean missiles and are seeking a diplomatic solution
before Pyongyang adds to the two atom bombs it is
believed to possess. .
As the talks wound through a long day at the State
Department, President Bush again said the United
States had no intention of attacking North Korea. He
also predicted a peaceful resolution.
Bush said, "We expect North Korea to adhere to its
obligations" and permit weapons inspections.
In an exchange with reporters at the White House,
Bush said that could open the way to a resumption of
dialogue with North Korea.
At the start of two days of talks, the administration
declined to publicly evaluate a South Korean proposal
to exchange U.S. guarantees of North Korea's security
for a renewed freeze on the nuclear weapons program.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said,
"We will be listening carefully." White House press
secretary Ari Fleischer said, "We view this as an issue
that we need to work together on, and work shoulder to
A few hours before the talks opened, the U.N.
nuclear agency approved a U.S.-supported state-
ment that deplored North Korea's decision to block
international inspection of its newly energized
Saddam says U.N.
arms inspectors are
gu lty of espionage
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)-
Hussein accused U.N. arm
yesterday of conducting "i
work" instead of searching
of banned weapons and 1
United States for pushing the
to overstep their legitimate m
The inspectors are c
names of Iraqi scientist
questions to them that r
den agendas" and gathe
mation about convention
restricted by U.N. resolut
dam said in a taped speec
on Iraq's Army Day.
"All or most" of these act
stitute purely intelligenceu
Saddam did not offer anys
dence of spying, and his acc
denied by Melissa Flemin
woman for the U.N. Internat
ic Energy Agency, the nuclea
"We certainly flatlyr
accusation that we wo
government or provide d
mation to any single go'
Fleming said at the agen
quarters in Vienna.
If the inspectors are gathe
gence, she said, "it's intellig
In Washington, State D
- Saddam spokesman Richard Boucher said
s inspectors Saddam's accusations were "base-
intelligence less and false" and making such
for evidence charges was tantamount to not com-
blamed the plying with U.N. Security Council-
-U.N. teams imposed obligations con-cerning
collecting "It is not the way to solve this situa-
ts, putting tion,"Boucher said: "His accusations are
mask "hid- untrue and may indicate an intentioA not
ring infor- to comply."
al arms not Under a Security Council resolution
tions, Sad- passed in November, UN. inspectors are
h televised in Iraq to establish whether it still has
chemical, biological or nuclear weapons
ivities "con- or the means to deliver them. Iraq has
work," Sad- denied having such weapons; but Ameri-
ca and Britain have accused it of hiding
specific evi- banned arms.
usation was President Bush and other U.S. offi-
ng, spokes- cials have threatened to attack Iraq and
ional Atom- topple Saddam's regime if it does not
ar arm of the eliminate all weapons of mass destruc-
tion as required by U.N. resolutions
reject any adopted after the Iraqi invasion of
rk for any Kuwait in 1990.
irect infor- In his speech, Saddam accused Amer-
vernment," ica of trying to force U.N. inspectors to
icy's head- exceed their legitimate duties. The Unit-
ed States has been the strongest advo-
ering intelli- cate of having Iraqi scientists questioned
ence for the outside their country about Baghdad's
weapons programs - a step Saddam's
Department regime has resisted.
Magnet used in new
brain surgery method
Demetrius Lopes snaked a thin wire
with a tiny magnet on its tip into an
artery in Paul Kelsey's groin and
threaded it all the way up into his brain.
Aided by a helmet-shaped magnet
hung over Kelsey's head, Lopes guided
the wire through twists and turns deep
in the brain, finally reaching swollen
blood vessels that were giving the
Chicago man double vision. A few
squirts of glue to seal off the excess
blood flow, and Lopes pulled the wires
back out - surgery done.
Normally, curing Kelsey's disorder
would require operating through a
hole drilled in his skull. But doctors
now are creating ways to, fix brains
from the inside, no drilling required.
And using magnets as a guide, while
still highly-experimental,,could let
them go into deeper, trickier areas
than ever imagined to treat
aneurysms, strokes and other serious
German plane theft
causes safety review
Officials urged a security review for
small airports yesterday after a man
stole a plane and threatened to crash it
into Frankfurt's financial center, sowing
fear of a terror attack.
Police said the man was a 31-year-
old German who is apparently men-
The man circled the city's skyscrap-
ers Sunday for about two hours before
landing safely at Frankfurt's interna-
He said he wanted to draw attention
to Judith Resnik, a U.S. astronaut
killed in the explosion of the space
shuttle Challenger. The pilot was per-
suaded to land after air traffic con-
trollers arranged a phone conversation
with the astronaut's brother, Charles
Resnik, in Baltimore.
hopes to gain users
Citing a slight dip in the number
of -its passengers last year, Amtrak
said yesterday it will cut coach fares
as much as 25 percent on many of
its. routes nationwide in an effort to.
"With this rollback in fares, we
hope to not only stimulate interest
in rail travel, but also to provide a
draw for the travel industry as a
whole," said Barbara Richardson,
Amtrak's vice president of market-
ing and sales.
Ridership was down last year -
23.4 million passengers traveled aboard
Amtrak trains in fiscal year 2002 com-
pared to 23.5 million the year before,
according to Amtrak spokeswoman
Karina Van Veen.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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Bush will ask Congress to give unem-
ployed Americans up to $3,000 to pay
for their job searches as part of a eco-
nomic revival package that will cut
taxes to 92 million Americans, offi-
cials said yesterday.
Democrats offered a rival plan and
accused Bush of favoring the rich.
"The president really is investing
$600 billion on an old, old Republican
theory of trickle down economics,"
said Rep. George Miller, (D-Calif.)
"We're saying no. Give it to the peo-
ple who need it."
With both parties jockeying for politi-
cal gain, Democratic lawmakers
unveiled their economic stimulus pack-
age one day before the president travels
to Chicago to outline his plans.
The Democratic plan would give all
workers a refundable income tax
rebate of up to $300 per person or
$600 per working couple and offer
business tax breaks.
The White House said 92 million
taxpayers would get an average tax
somebody has more of their own money,
they're likely to spend it, which creates
Word of the Bush's plans to elimi-
nate taxes on stock dividends helped
spur the Dow to an increase of more
than 170 points.
In a rare note of agreement, both
the White House and Democratic con-
gressional leaders pledged to extend
unemployment benefits. Democrats,
however, criticized Bush for not prod-
ding GOP lawmakers to extend the
benefits last year.
A senior White House official, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said
Bush wants Congress to create "re-
employment accounts" of up to $3,000.
Under the $3.6 billion plan, which
would be run through states, the unem-
ployed would be able to draw from the
accounts to pay for child care, job train-
ing, transportation, moving costs and
other expenses of finding ajob.
A person who lands a job in 13 weeks
will be able to keep any money left over
in their account, the officials said. The
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