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U.S. troops pursue al-Qaida fugitives
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) - As
the war began in Iraq, U.S. soldiers
mounted one of the biggest searches in a
year for Taliban and al-Qaida fugitives
The military said the timing was coin-
cidental, adding that it was acting on
new intelligence from radio intercepts.
Anti-U.S. groups had threatened to
intensify attacks on the multinational
coalition in Afghanistan if war breaks
out in Iraq.
Operation "Valiant Strike" began at 6
a.m. yesterday (8:30 p.m. EST Wednes-
day) and involved nearly 1,000 U.S.
troops and their Afghan allies invading
the south by foot and by helicopter.
Military spokesman Col. Roger
King said the raids focused on areas
east of Kandahar, the former spiritual
headquarters of the Taliban, which is
allied with al-Qaida, Osama bin
Laden's terrorist network. He declined
to say whether bin Laden was the tar-
get of the hunt.
Khalid Pashtun, a spokesman for
the Kandahar provincial government,
said the Taliban's supreme leader,
Mullah Mohammed Omar, has tribal
links in the area.
"Operations in Afghanistan are conducted
completely independent of any operations in
- Khalid Pashtun
Kandahar provincial government spokesman
"Operations in Afghanistan are con-
ducted completely independent of any
operations in other sectors," King told
reporters at Bagram Air Base. "We have
done a series of major operations - this
is one more in a continuing series.
In Washington, officials dismissed
suggestions the offensive, coming so
soon after the start of the war in Iraq,
was intended to show the war against
Saddam Hussein was not taking away
attention from the war on terror.
'Friendly fire' charges may be dismissed
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HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD-
U.S. tightens domestic, border security
Federal agencies increased inspections at borders and of the food supply, put
nuclear plants on heightened alert and stepped up the search for possible Iraqi
terrorist "sleeper cells" in a move to war footing yesterday.
As the U.S. assault on Iraq intensified, Homeland Security Secretary Tom
Ridge told members of Congress that there had been no incidents in the United
States in retaliation.
He said the "code orange" alert status imposed this week would stay in effect.
FBI agents, in an attempt to head off possible retaliation for the war, began
fanning out across the country to interview thousands of people born in Iraq,
the agency said. The FBI also said it also wanted to try to prevent hate crimes
against people of Iraqi heritage.
The FBI's 56 bureaus were put on around-the-clock operation.
"We are running down every lead, responding to every threat," Director
Robert Mueller said.
Federal meat and poultry inspectors, in their routine inspections, began
testing for chemical or biological agents that terrorists might use, said
Jesse Majkowksi, head of the Agriculture Department's food security
Racial gaps in education cause income tiers
Educational gaps between men and women and whites and blacks have nar-
rowed in recent years, but this much has not changed: A highly educated white
man still makes much more money than anyone else.
On average, a white man with a college diploma earned about $65,000 in
2001. Similarly educated white women made about 40 percent less, while black
and Hispanic men earned 30 percent less, according to Census Bureau estimates
being released today.
Almost half of Asiah residents 25 and older have graduated from college,
nearly twice the rate of whites. Still, Asians earned about 8 percent less than
"There's a wedge between minority education gains and the payoff, and that's
discrimination and the kinds of job opportunities available," said Jared Bern-
stein, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute.
There were similar disparities between white men and women on other educa-
tional levels. Income gaps have narrowed slightly since 1991 at the high school
level and grown a bit at the college level.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -A military
hearing officer recommended yesterday
that charges be dismissed against two
U.S. pilots who mistakenly dropped a
bomb in Afghanistan last spring, killing
four Canadian soldiers conducting live-
Col. Patrick Rosenow said that
although there was enough evidence to
court-martial both pilots for the friend-
ly-fire accident, administrative punish-
ment would maintain "the interests of
good order and discipline."
Rosenow presided over the nine-
day investigative hearing in January,
and his recommendation is a key step
in determining whether Majs. Harry
Schmidt and William Umbach will
face a military trial on the involuntary
manslaughter and other charges that
could put each of them in prison for
up to 64 years.
The final decision is up to Lt. Gen.
Bruce Carlson, commander of the 8th
Air Force. There was no immediate
indication when Carlson might rule.
Capt. Denise Kerr, an Air Force
spokeswoman, said administrative pun-
ishment could include a written repri-
mand, discharge or the loss of two
Schmidt answered the door at his
home in the Springfield suburb of
Sherman, Ill., but declined to com-
ment. His mother, Joan Schmidt, said
from her home in St. Louis County,
Mo., that she was relieved. "It's
absolutely wonderful and I'm grateful
and I'm thankful," she said.
Relatives of the victims had no com-
ment on the recommendation, said Jae
Malana, a spokesman for the Depart-
ment of National Defense and Canadian
In a statement, Canadian Lt. Gen.
Mike Jeffery, the Chief of Land Staff,
said it would be "inappropriate" to com-
ment until Carlson makes a decision.
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"-"'-" Palestinian prime
minister takeso fflce
HONG KONG (AP) - The glob-
al spread of the mysterious flu-like
illness that has killed 10 people in
the past three weeks appears to have
started with a guest in a tourist
Hong Kong health officials said
yesterday that other guests who
caught the disease then carried it to
a Hong Kong hospital, Vietnam,
Singapore and Canada.
Three of the seven people who
stayed on the ninth floor of the
Metropole Hotel died from severe
acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.
There are now 306 people sick
with the disease, according to the
World Health Organization. About
half of those are in Hong Kong, the
vast majority in Asia. There are 11
suspected cases in the United
The cause of the illness remains
unknown, but experts believe the
most likely explanation is a new
virus. There is no known treatment.
Hong Kong health officials have
traced the outbreak to a professor
from China's Guangdong province
who stayed at the Metropole Hotel
on Feb. 21-22. He died March 4.
His case bolsters the belief that
the outbreak stems from one that
began last November in the south-
ern part of Guangdong, where 300
people were sickened and five died.
During the two days the infected
Chinese professor stayed on the
ninth floor, three women from Sin-
gapore were guests on the same
After they returned home, they
became ill. Singapore's Health Min-
istry said all 34 Singapore SARS
patients had been in contact with the
An American businessman from
Shanghai also stayed on the ninth
floor of the Metropole before flying
on to Vietnam and falling ill, offi-
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we're now forced to war."
With airstrikes in Baghdad beginning
Wednesday night, Daschle and most
other critics moderated their tone. "We
may have had differences of opinion
about what brought us to this point, but
the president is the commander in chief
and today we unite behind him,"
But some of the most vocal opponents
of the war continued their criticism.
"While I support the troops, I cannot
support this mission," said Rep. Dennis
Kucinich (D-Ohio), a presidential candi-
date. "President Bush has launched an
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), said the
president "has created this disaster to
cover up his failed diplomatic, social and
economic agenda." Stark said the
Republican budget proposal, which does
not include war costs, shows how
"George Bush and his Republican
henchmen mistreat our troops."
The October resolution authorizing
war passed the House 296-133 and the
Senate 77-23. Many Democrats with
reservations about the war were reluc-
tant to oppose a popular president on
Mahmoud Abbas, a pragmatic
leader and critic of the armed upris-
ing, accepted the post of Palestinian
prime minister, raising hopes of a
way out of the bloody Israeli-Pales-
tinian deadlock after 30 months.
Yet the 67-year-old Abbas could
easily fail - he's up against a Yasser
Arafat's reluctance to share power, has
little grassroots support and will
depend to some extent on the good-
will of hawkish Israeli Prime Minister
Abbas accepted the job Wednes-
day several hours after being tapped
by the Palestinian leader, who
agreed to creating the position last
month amid intense international
Abbas and Arafat have known
each other for four decades. In the
1960s, they co-founded Fatah, the
Palestinian faction that has led the
struggle for statehood.
Koreas rouse troops
South Korea put its military on
heightened alert for any North Kore-
an attempt to raise tension on the
Korean Peninsula. Also, at the U.S.
Embassy to South Korea, about
4,000 protested the war with Iraq.
"We expect North Korea to be cau-
tious, but we have strengthened our
alert status and our early warning sta-
tus in response to possible North Kore-
an attempts to increase tensions" pres-
idential spokeswoman Song
The North said it also was boost-
ing its military readiness, saying it
feared a U.S. attack.
"We will strengthen our readiness
in every possible way to meet-what-
ever military options the U.S. impe-
rialists will take against us," said an
article from Rodong Sinmun, the
North's most prominent state news-
College pres., family
arrested for marijuana
He was a well-respected college
president earning more than
$180,000 a year. His wife arranged
studio classes at the local museum.
That picture of a serene upper
middle-class life was shattered last
week by the couple's arrests on mar-
ijuana charges - along with those
of their teenage son and 22-year-old
The allegations against Des
Moines Area Community College
President David England and his
family have embarrassed students,
angered parents and alumni and sent
shock waves through this well-
heeled suburb of Des Moines.
"Everybody is talking about it.
Just what was he thinking?" asked
Kim Hartje, a real estate agent. "It
was poor judgment."
England will be arraigned April 24.
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