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Interim senator stays independent NEWS IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON (AP) - Interim Minnesota Sen. the resulting 50-50 tie. the lame-duck session, since Congress will have MCLAN, Va



Dean Barkley announced yesterday he will be an
independent during his brief stay in Congress,
enabling Democrats to remain in control when the
Senate begins a postelection session this week.
As a result of Barkley's decision, Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) will. continue in that
post when the Senate is gaveled into session today.
That means Daschle can decide what bills the Senate
debates during the so-called lame-duck meetings of
the current Congress, which are expected to run for
at least a week.
Democrats currently have a 50-49 edge, including
the support they get from the Senate's other inde-
pendent, Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont. Had
Barkley decided to sit with Republicans, they would
have become the majority because Vice President
Dick Cheney would have been able to vote to break

Barkley's press secretary, David Ruth, disclosed
the interim senator's decision in an interview with
The Associated Press.
"I am an independent, the governor who
appointed me is an independent, and I believe
the best way to served the people of Minnesota
is to remain independent," Barkley said later in a
written statement.
Barkley was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Jesse
Ventura, an independent, to fill the unexpired term of
Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) who was killed in a
plane crash on Oct. 25. Ten days later, Republican
Norm Coleman was elected to the seat for the new
Congress that convenes Jan. 7.
Both Daschle and Senate GOP leader Trent
Lott of Mississippi have said it makes little dif-
ference which of them is majority leader during

a limited agenda during what will be an abbrevi-
ated meeting.
Even so, Barkley, 52, Minnesota's planning
director and founder of Ver-tura's Independence
Party, had been wooed by GOP and Democratic
leaders and telephoned by President Bush in
efforts to win his support.
White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said
the administration "will continue to work with him
and other members of Congress to enact our priori-
ties in the lame-duck session."
Topping Congress' lame-duck agenda is Bush's
plan to create a new Department of Homeland Secu-
rity. Yesterday, White House and congressional aides
studied a staff-level proposal for ending an impasse
over the proposal, which Bush has called the top pri-
ority for Congress' postelection session.

Deadly twisters tear
across southern states

Sniper suspect confession in question
Lawyers for the sniper suspects criticized the police interrogation of 17-year-
old John Lee Malvo and said they would seek to bar his alleged confession from
Malvo reportedly confessed to being the triggerman in several of the Washing-
ton-area sniper shootings, including the Virginia slaying in which his alleged
accomplice, 41-year-old John Allen Muhammad, is charged with murder.
Malvo's lawyer, Michael Arif, criticized police for questioning Malvo without
his court-appointed guardian or attorney and for leaking the alleged confession to
The Washington Post.
"The police-are flooding the media and poisoning the jury pool with their own
paraphrasing and subjective interpretations of statements made during an uncon-
stitutional interrogation," Arif said.
He said the leak "suggests an insecurity on the part of the commonwealth with
the admissibility of these statements."
Malvo talked to investigators for seven hours after he and Muhammad were
handed over to Virginia authorities Thursday for prosecution on death-penalty
murder charges. Sources told the Post that Malvo was talkative and even bragged
in some of his responses, but kept quiet about Muhammad.
Infant killed in Israeli retaliatory strike
Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded two others in Gaza yes-
terday, hospital officials and witnesses said. The shooting came as Israeli leaders
weighed a military response to a Palestinian shooting rampage that killed five
people, including a mother and her two young sons.
In the second straight day of violence to take children's lives, the 2-year-
old boy was killed shortly after 7 p.m. while he played ball in Rafah.
Israel's army said forces had returned fire and knew of no casualties, while
the boy's uncle said there had been no fighting in the area.
Meanwhile, expectation mounted of an Israeli operation in the West Bank city of
Nablus, where Israeli officials said Sunday's shooting rampage in Kibbutz Metzer -
a community that symbolized Jewish-Arab coexistence - had been planned.
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which are allied with Yasser Arafat's Fatah
group, claimed responsibility for the kibbutz attack. Israel said it showed
the insincerity of the Palestinian leader's recent condemnations of attacks
on civilians, but Palestinians maintained the shooting was carried out by
rogues and Arafat promised an investigation.

MOSSY GROVE, Tenn. (AP) - Searchers
and dazed survivors went from one shattered
home to another yesterday, picking through
splintered lumber and torn sheet metal for any
sign of the missing, after twisters and thunder-
storms killed at least 35 people in five states.
More than 70 reported tornadoes cut a path of
destruction from Louisiana to Pennsylvania over
the weekend and into yesterday. Sixteen deaths
were reported in Tennessee, 12 in Alabama, five
in Ohio and one each in Mississippi and Penn-
sylvania. More than 200 people were injured.
"Yesterday, we had a nice brick house and
four vehicles. Today, we don't own a tooth-
brush," said Susan Henry of Mossy Grove,
where seven people were killed and at least 40
were still unaccounted for as of midafternoon.
The tiny community 40 miles west of
Knoxville was nearly wiped off the map, with
about a dozen of the 20 or so homes reduced to
concrete foundations and piles of rubble a few
feet high.
Henry, her husband and two children survived
after taking shelter in the basement of a neigh-
bor's home that collapsed around them.
"It was just deafening it was so loud," said 17-

year-old Tabatha Henry. "You could hear the
wood pop in the house, and that was it. Then all
you could hear was the screaming and praying."
Daylight brought a picture of destruction.
In Mossy Grove, clothes fluttered from tree
limbs. Power lines dangled from poles. Cars
lay crumpled after being tossed like toys.
About the only sound was the bleating of a
battery-operated smoke alarm buried deep in
the rubble.
Searchers believed that most of the missing in
and around Mossy Grove were OK and had sim-
ply been unable to get in touch with family
members, said Steven Hamby, Morgan County
director of emergency medical services. The
storm knocked out telephone service and
blocked roads.
No bodies had been found since early yester-
day, but Hamby said digging out could take
"We're hoping that we're past the bad stuff,"
he said.
In Carbon Hill, Ala., 70 miles northwest of
Birmingham, seven people were killed by night-
time storms that sent giant hardwood trees
crashing down on houses and mobile homes.


Only rubble remained of this house after a series of violent
tornadoes ripped through Mossy Grove, Tenn. yesterday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head
of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops
pleaded for unity within the church
yesterday as he and his fellow prelates
prepared to adopt a sex abuse policy
that they promised will get offending
clergy out of public ministry.
Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish-
ops, opened a gathering of the Ameri-
can hierarchy with a speech focusing
on the church's future following a year
of scandal. Fellow prelates stressed that
the new policy - a reworked version
of a plan they first approved in June -
still bars guilty priests from all church
work, including saying Mass publicly.
"We will eradicate this plague, this
horror from our midst," said Bishop
Thomas Doran of Rockford, Ill., who
helped draft the plan.
At the bishops' meeting last June,
Gregory set the tone with an address
about the abuse crisis in which he
repeatedly apologized for the church's
mishandling of molestation claims.
Victim advocates noted the new focus
yesterday and accused bishops of aban-
doning their commitment to reform.
Gregory denied there was any
change. But he also said the crisis that
erupted in January with the case of a
pedophile in the Boston Archdiocese
has "fractured" relations among
prelates, priests and rank-and-file
Catholics. He acknowledged clergy
feel "unfairly judged" by the misdeeds
of a few.
"We cannot and must never allow
the particular positions that we have
taken on such a serious issue, or even
the mistakes that we have made in
understanding and addressing it, to
destroy our communion with one
another in the Lord," Gregory said.
Critics inside and outside of the
church have tried to capitalize on the
scandals to undermine Catholic teach-
ing, Gregory said. He urged bishops to
challenge them.
Thousands of Catholics angry
about how bishops have dealt with
errant priests have joined reform
movements. While many support
Catholicteaching, some want the
church to ordain women and allow
priests to marry.
"One cannot fail to hear in the dis-
tance-andnEmetimnes verv nearhv

Some foreign press
blocked in China
China invited international news
organizations, set up a website and mod-
ern press center, solicited interview
requests, even welcomed journalists with
a lavish cocktail party. At first blush, it
looked like a political media event any-
where else in the world.
But the surface openness at China's
Communist Party congress this week in
Beijing has, in many ways, proven to be
an illusion.
At least one foreign reporter has
been detained by police. Overseas
television broadcasters have had
outgoing stories cut by censors. And
the world has been denied any real
glimpse into the inner workings of
the weeklong meeting, expected to
produce the next leaders of the
world's most populous country.
While China has adopted some of the
glossy trappings of modern public rela-
tions, its political system remains as
opaque and unwelcoming as ever.
Al Qaida operatives
move to Pakistan
U.S. intelligence believes most of al-
Qaida's surviving leaders have relocated
to Pakistan, although a few have slipped
away to countries in Asia and North
Africa, defense and counterterrorism
officials say.
Last week's CIA strike on al Qaida's

chief operative in Yemen crossed one
"top 20" target off U.S. lists. But several
key members of the terror group's leader-
ship remain alive and free, although U.S.
officials believe many are laying low in
Pakistan to avoid the worldwide dragnet.
Pakistan was the obvious rallying site
once US. and anti-Taliban forces overran
Afghanistan last year: It is easy to reach
but difficult to police. Because of con-
cerns that a U.S. military presence would
anger the Pakistani populace, U.S. forces
cannot operate with the impunity they
enjoy in Afghanistan.
Putin demands world
support to fight rebels
Russia's defense minister vowed
yesterday to keep battling rebels
until they are flushed of. out the
mountains of southern Chechnya,
where heavy fighting had broken out
hours before he spoke.
"We will continue these targeted oper-
ations until there are no bandits left in the
mountains," Defense Minister Sergei
Ivanov said. Ivanov spoke at a Moscow
news conference with his visiting coun-
terpart from South Korea. Also yester-
day, President Vladimir Putin met with
European Union leaders and demanded
world support to fight the rebels, whom
he called international terrorists. Ivanov
said Russian forces had killed five rebels
after surrounding a group of about 30
overnight in wooded mountains near the
village of Kharsenoi.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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