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U.S. prepares to revise proposal NEWS IN BRIEF


WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is The political effect would be that President Bush
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preparing to revise its proposed U.N. resolution on
Iraqi weapons inspections in a move certain to delay
Security Council action past the midterm elections.
A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press
yesterday that the changes would reflect the views of
Russia and France without altering the tough
approach demanded by the United States and Britain.
Russia and France object to threatening Iraq with
"serious consequences" if it fails to disarm.
Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the U.S.
strategy by telephone yesterday with Foreign Minis-
ters Igor Ivanov of Russia and Dominique de
Villepin of France. Revising the resolution could take
a day or two after which diplomats who have been
negotiating at the United Nations for seven weeks
would consult their capitals, said the official, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity.
That means consideration of a resolution would
spill over into next week with a vote probably not
until mid-week or even later.

will be able to hold back on announcing whether he
intends to go to war with Iraq - a potentially explo-
sive issue - until after Tuesday's elections.
Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations,
Gennady Gatilov, said Wednesday his government
still had "quite a lot of problems" with the U.S.-
British draft.
On the campaign trail yesterday, Bush said it was
the United Nations' job to force Iraq to disarm and if
it refuses to act, "we will lead a coalition of nations
and disarm Saddam Hussein."
"You need to do your job," Bush said while stump-
ing for Republican candidates in South Dakota.
His lecture paralleled his earlier suggestions that
the 191-nation world organization would risk irrele-
vance if the Security Council did not take a strong
stand on Iraq.
"If you won't act, and if Saddam Hussein won't
disarm, for the sake of peace, for the sake of a future
for our children, we will lead a coalition of nations

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and disarm Saddam Hussein," Bush said.
In urging the council to act, Bush said he wanted
the United Nations to succeed and its resolutions
carried out.
In New York, however, the U.S. demand for a
strong resolution that threatens Iraq with "serious
consequences" if it defies weapons inspectors again
continued to encounter stiff resistance.
Russia, France and China, all of whom could sink
a joint U.S.-British resolution with a veto, support
new inspections but not threats.
In response, State Department spokesman Richard
Boucher said "our bottom line has not changed."
"There needs to be a clear statement of Iraq's fail-
ure to comply, there has to be a tough inspection
regime and there have to be consequences in the
event of new Iraqi violations," Boucher said.
Another U.S. official declined to confirm reports
the United States had begun identifying sites in
Iraq believed to have hidden caches of chemical
and biological weapons.
last Senate But the GOP contended that a mas-
L1 schedule, sive re-mailing of absentee ballots
d off from could actually disenfranchise support-
funeral for ers of other candidates, by leaving
in the crash them too little tinfe to file their new
ballot. Almost 4.5 percent of Min-
e Supreme nesotans voting cast absentee ballots
a Democ- in 1998, the last non-presidential elec-
d to make tion year.
led out to Mondale was seen as Democrats'
o vote for best shot at keeping Wellstone's seat,
o decision and more than 800 party representa-
tives approved his candidacy Wednes-
ney for the day with an exuberant "YEA!" There
'arty, urged were no dissenters.
o rule that "I think given the circumstances,
should be he's absolutely the strongest candidate
rs who cast we could field," said delegate Buzz
ote. Snyder, a postmaster in St. Cloud.

Five children killed in Italy earthquake
An earthquake brought down the roof of a nursery school in Italy yesterday,
trapping dozens of children as they were having a Halloween party. Firefighters
said at least five children were killed, along with a woman who lived nearby.
More than eight hours after the quake struck, rescue teams pulled out three,
dust-covered children from the rubble, but dozens remained inside, residents said.
Earlier in the day about 20 of the children and two of their teachers were pulled
out, said firefighters in Rome, who were coordinating the rescue effort in San
Giuliano di Puglia, a village about 50 miles northeast of Naples.
RAI state television said eight of the children rescued have critical injuries.
Long after nightfall, rescue workers continued to climb over the rubble of the
collapsed yellow schoolhouse searching for survivors. From behind police tape,
parents shouted out the names of children inside as they and other residents, some
with their faces painted for Halloween, awaited information.
"They were all together in the school because they were having a Hal-
loween party," said Tonino Scarlatelli, an official in the Molise regional
president's office.
"Many buildings have collapsed throughout the village, we fear there might be
other victims outside of the school," he added.
Russian officials present crisis evidence
Russian officials played scratchy audiotapes of intercepted telephone conversa-
tions for journalists yesterday, part of a Kremlin effort to prove that Chechen sepa-
ratist leader Aslan Maskhadov was behind last week's hostage crisis at a Moscow
theater - and cannot be trusted as a partner for peace talks.
In one of the Chechen-language calls, played with a voiced-over Russian trans-
lation, a man identified as the hostage-takers' leader, Movsar Barayev, said that
"Shamil," meaning Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, was present during prepara-
tions for the hostage-taking raid. "Shamil was acting on Aslan's instructions," the
voice said.
Kremlin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said Maskhadov had been discredit-
ed, leaving Moscow with no one to negotiate with over Chechnya.
"There was other clear evidence that Mr. Maskhadov was fully aware of
the developments and the people in the auditorium acted with his knowl-
edge," Yastrzhembsky said, though he offered no further proof of
Maskhadov's involvement in the standoff in which 119 people, not including
the assailants, died.



stressing experience and the other his
relative youth, former Vice President
Walter Mondale and Republican Norm
Coleman started up full-time cam-
paigning in earnest yesterday, and their
parties squared off before the state
Supreme Court over the possibly cru-
cial question of absentee ballots.
The campaign to determine who
would succeed the late Sen. Paul Well-
stone - a race that could tip the bal-
ance of power in the Senate - fired up
yesterday, the day after Mondale for-
mally accepted the nomination.
Mondale told reporters he intends
to serve a full six-year term, and said
his background as senator, vice presi-
dent and ambassador means he can

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walk into the Senate and immediately
be a leader.
"I don't apologize for my experi-
ence. It's an asset," Mondale said at a
news conference.
Earlier in the day, Mondale remind-
ed voters of the same thing. "I think I
can help on the first day to attack those
problems that must be dealt with,"
Mondale said on WCCO-AM. "Educa-
tion, environment, the economy is
stumbling. We've got some very severe
challenges internationally."
Coleman, meanwhile, was spending
a second day crisscrossing the state,
campaigning yesterday morning at a
restaurant in Moorhead. He had halted
his campaign last week after Wellstone
died in a plane crash.
Senator Dang Quang Minh
of the National Lib-
eration Front, North
Vietnam's ambassador to
the Soviet Union and a
member of the Politburo,
described his feelings
about the American pro-
testors: "When a person
is not good for his own
country, he is useless
for the universe." Page
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run, Mondale also had a ful
with several hours blocke
campaigning to attend a i
one of the people who died i
with Wellstone.
Also yesterday, the stat
Court heard arguments in,
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sure new ballots are mai
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was issued.
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existing absentee ballots
considered "spoiled" if vote]
them want to change their v

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Police search for ties anti-missile rockets

to sniper across U.S.


Police are taking another look at
unsolved murders around the nation
for any ties to the Washington, D.C.-
area sniper attacks, as they explore the
full breadth of the singular crime wave.
Authorities have already laid charges
in Alabama and linked two shooting
cases in Washington state, all with bal-
listics evidence. In at least three other
states, police have identified specific
murder cases they believe could be
linked - but with little real evidence so
far. The task has been daunting.
The two men accused in the capital-
area sniper shootings, John Muham-
mad and John Lee Malvo, have lived in
or drifted through many states and
spent time in the Caribbean.
Beyond charges in the Alabama rob-
bery-murder, police have linked
Muhammad to other seemingly dis-
parate crimes - an apparent rage killing
at a home and an attack on a synagogue,
both in Washington state. The capital-
area sniper demanded $10 million - a
twist that further expands the range of
possible criminal methods and motives.

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"It's difficult because he could rea-
sonably be a suspect in just about any-
thing," said Stanton Samenow, a
psychologist who evaluates violent
criminals for the courts and wrote
"Inside the Criminal Mind."
Spurred by a national advisory from
the Maryland-based sniper task force,
police in many states have reopened
old files to check for elements com-
mon with the sniper case. That three-
week killing field left 10 dead and
three wounded and brought charges
from Virginia, Maryland and federal
prosecutors. State and local police
have reported checks for any related
cases at least in Washington state, Ore-
gon, California, Arizona, Louisiana,
Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and
In Michigan, Lansing police were
following up with the sniper task force
to check on any connection to the
shooting death of a woman named
Bernita White at a zoo entrance in June
2001. She was shot by someone hiding
behind a fence about 200 yards away.
U.S. attack
on Iraq
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP)
- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
warned yesterday against any U.S.
strike on Iraq, saying it would have
catastrophic consequences in the
Middle East and urged resolving the
conflict through the United Nations.
In a joint interview with Associ-
ated Press Television News and an
Israeli TV station, Arafat also pre-
dicted the Israel-Palestinian conflict
will worsen now that Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon depends on
far-right and religious parties to
cling to power.
Warning against a U.S. strike on
Iraq, Arafat said, "I hope that this
war will not take place because this
will lead to a catastrophe in the
whole area of the Middle East."
"I hope that such conflicts will be
resolved in the United Nations since
the Iraqis have accepted (U.N.
weapons) inspectors back," he said.
Arafat also said he remains com-
mitted to achieving peace with
Israel despite two years of fighting
and said he considers suicide,
attacks against Israeli civilians to be
"I say to the Israelis, come tomor-
row and sit at the negotiation table,"
said the beleaguered Palestinian

The Pentagon needs more anti-mis-
sile rockets as it prepares for possible
military action against Iraq, the head
of the Missile Defense Agency said
Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish said the
United States has only about 40 of its
most advanced Patriot missiles to
defend against short-range ballistic and
cruise missiles. Experts suspect Iraq
alone has several times that many Scud
and other short-range missiles, which
could be topped with chemical or bio-
logical warheads.
Kadish said he would like to have
many more of the advanced Patriots to
counter threats from North Korea, Iran
and Libya as well as Iraq.
The main contractors on the latest
Patriot, known as Patriot Advanced
Capability 3, can make two of the rock-
ets per month, Kadish said. The Penta-
gon hopes to speed up that process, but
doing so will take time, he said.
CAIRO, Egypt
FBI takes on discreet
role in terrorism war
As the fighting winds down in
Afghanistan, the focus of the war against
terrorism is shifting from the battlefield
to a shadowy world where wiretaps,
informants, surveillance and forensic evi-
dence have replaced bombs and bullets.
With those changes, the FBI is taking
a leading role in the war, bringing high-

tech investigative techniques to the
search for terrorists far from America's
shores. The work can be tedious: sifting
through the wreckage of a car bombin
Karachi, screening records of Middle
East students at Asian flight schools,
persuading local police to follow some-
one suspected of terrorist links or track-
ing down leads that don't pay off.
FBI agents in Jordan have also joined
the hunt for the killers of American
diplomat Laurence Foley, who was
gunned down Monday.
Election may shift
power in Congress
Look for the Democrats to steer away
from President Bush's economic poli-
cies if they win the House on Tuesday.
And expect the Republicans, if they
retake the Senate, to move vigorously
on judicial nominaticps the Democrats
have bottled up. A lot more could
change on Capitol Hill than who sits in
the speaker's or majority leader's office.
To make much difference from the
current Congress - Republicans control
the House by seven seats, Democrats the
Senate by one - one of the parties prob-
ably would have to win both chambers.
That's very much up in the air as Election
Day nears.
History suggests the president's party
will lose seats in a midterm election, but
"it's an unusual time, and I don't think
normal patterns apply," said Ron
Faucheux, editor of Campaigns & Elec-
tions, a magazine for politicians.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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