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debate on
statehood
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli heli-
copters blasted a Gaza City building
with missiles yesterday, killing a sus-
pected militant, one of several violent
incidents on a day also marked by Israeli
statements about Palestinian statehood.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said
that as part of the U.S.-sponsored "road
map" for Mideast peace, Palestinians
could set up a temporary state in part
of the West Bank and much of Gaza.
But Foreign Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said that even before peace
talks, Palestinians would have to give
up their demand to relocate millions of
refugees in Israel.
In Gaza City, the pair of Israeli heli-
copters fired several missiles at a cin-
derblock hut used by security guards at
a Palestinian government complex,
killing the uniformed guard, Mustafa
Sabah, 35, Palestinians said.
According to the Israeli army, Sabah
was involved in three powerful road-
side bomb attacks against Israeli tanks
in Gaza that killed seven soldiers from
February to September of this year.
Israel has carried outdozens of tar-
geted killings against suspected Pales-
tinian militants during the past two
years of Mideast fighting.
The Israelis say the operations are
self-defense, but Palestinians and
human rights groups object to the prac-
tice. Palestinians charge the Israelis are
killing their leaders, and human rights
groups complain the operations are
summary executions without judicial
process.
In the West Bank village of Tufah,
Israeli troops searching caves for mem-
bers of the militant Islamic Jihad group
came under fire, the army said, and
soldiers shot back, killing two men.
Also, Israel said it detained an Amer-
ican doctor for two weeks on suspicion
he was linked to al-Qaida, before
releasing him without charge. The U.S.
Embassy said there was no evidence
linking him to any terror group.
Khaled Nazem Diab, 34, arrived in
Israel on Nov. 14 on a missionfor the
Qatari Red Crescent to train Palestin-
ian social workers, said Farek Hus-
sein, director for the Palestinian Red
Crescent.
Diab was detained at Ben-Gurion
International Airport by Israeli offi-
cials, detained for two weeks, and then
released last week and deported to Jor-
dan, Hussein said.
"We have no evidence that he was
involved in terrorist activity," said U.S.
Embassy spokesman Paul Patin. "He's
a qualified doctor. He's been in and out
of the (Palestinian) territories doing
humanitarian work with children."
Growth ;in
companies
infers no
recession
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. com-
panies' productivity grew more briskly
in the summer than previously thought
and orders to factories rose in October
for the first time in three months, sug-
gesting the struggling economy will
avoid falling into a new recession.
Productivity, the output per hour of
work, grew at a sizzling annual rate of

5.1 percent in the third quarter, the
Labor Department reported yesterday.
The performance was even better
than the 4 percent growth rate estimat-
ed a month ago and represented a
rebound from the tepid 1.7 percent
pace in the second quarter.
Gains in productivity are helping to
keep a lid on inflation, an important
factor for Federal Reserve policy-mak-
ers as they try to energize the economy
through low interest rates.
Separately, factory orders rose 1.5
percent in October after falling in both
August and September, the Commerce
Department said. That provided a dose
of good news for the nation's manufac-
turers, who have been trying to get
through a late-summer rough patch.
Big-ticket manufactured goods,
including cars and household appli-
ances, posted a 2.4 percent increase in
October and "nondurable" goods, such
as clothes and food, rose 0.6 percent.
"The reports show that the economy
by no means will go into a double dip
recession," said economist Clifford
Waldman of Waldman Associates.

WASHINGTON
Bush says terrorism
affects global peace
In a grim update on terrorism's glob-
al reach, President Bush said yesterday
he believes Osama bin Laden's network
was involved in last week's Kenya
attacks, and he complained that terror-
ists have been able to "stop the peace
process" in the Middle East.
Pledging anew to fight terrorism
"wherever it exists," Bush sidestepped
the question of whether bin Laden's al-
Qaida organization has infiltrated the
West Bank but said terrorism in general
has left its mark on the Israeli-Palestin-
ian conflict.
"I am concerned that terrorists have

Uribe and a host of other Colombian offi-
cials and discussed ways in which the
United States might broaden its assistance
to this beleaguered country, racked by
civil war for more than three decades.
Alluding to leftist rebel groups, Pow-
ell said, "We should not try to romanti-
cize these groups into charming
freedom fighters. They are terrorists."
As part of an increasingly ambitious
plan to battle narcotraffickers, Powell
said that early next year the United
States hopes to resume anti-drug surveil-
lance flights over Peru and Colombia.
ADELPHI, Md.
Research suggests
fries cause cancer

Bomb drill shows security holes in ports
A drill on port security exposed communications problems among government
agencies and showed that if ports are closed because of terrorist activity the eco-
nomic impact would be huge.
About 70 people from the federal government, several port authorities and pri-
vate companies participated in the exercise developed with former CIA Director
James Woolsey and Dale Watson, former director of counterterrorism for the FBI.
"A lot of light bulbs went off," Peter Scrobe, vice president of the American
International Marine Agency insurance company, said yesterday.
"The bottom line is that we're not totally prepared," said Scrobe, who partici-
pated in the drill.
Participants were given three fictional scenarios to which they were supposed
to react. All the scenarios occurred on the same day, meaning participants needed
to formulate broad responses.
In one made-up case, a radioactive "dirty" bomb is smuggled into the Port of
Los Angeles. In another, a dirty bomb is unpacked in Minneapolis from a freight
container that had been shipped through Canada. Arid in the third, the Georgia
Ports Authority arrests three men - one on the FBI's terrorist watch list - in
Savannah for trying to steal cargo.
WASHINGTON
Speech, personal security rights clash in case
The Supreme Court is considering a case combining the contentious issues of
abortion, free speech and violent protest, hearing arguments yesterday on whether
federal laws intended to combat organized crime and corruption can be used to
punish anti-abortion demonstrators.
Activists like actor Martin Sheen, animal rights groups and even some organi-
zations that support abortion rights are siding with anti-abortion forces because of
concerns they too could face harsher penalties for demonstrating.
The court must decide if abortion clinic protesters can be punished for interfering
with businesses with large penalties under federal racketeering and extortion laws.
Those laws are intended to combat corruption, not punish demonstrators, the
Court was told by Roy Englert Jr., the lawyer for Operation Rescue and anti-abor-
tion leaders. He said if the high court doesn't intervene, there could be severe pun-
ishment for leaders of any movements "whose followers get out of hand."
An attorney representing abortion clinics in Delaware and Wisconsin and the
National Organization for Women said the laws protect businesses from violent
protests that drive away clients.

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srupted the ability for peace-loving peo- The longer french fries and certain
e to move a process forward," the presi- other starchy foods are fried or baked,
ent told i eprte in ibrief exchange the higher their level of a possible-can-
bout Iraq and the war on terrorism. cer-causing substance, hew federal
Bush said he understands both research suggests.
rael's need-to fight terrorism and the The substance,. called acrylamide,
alestinian people's desire to improve made headlines last spring when Swedish
eir living conditions. He pledged to scientists discovered that it forms in fries,
)ntinue working on both fronts. potato chips and other high-carbohydrate
foods cooked at high temperatures.
OGOTA, Colombia Several other European countries con-
J.S. surveillance of firmed Sweden's discovery - and now
the latest batch of tests, revealed yesterday
Colombia to resume by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
shows that acrylamide levels vary widely
Denouncing leftist guerrillas in even within the same brand of food.
rong terms, Secretary of State Colin For example, FDA scientists bought
owell praised the peace efforts of french fries at four different Popeye's
resident Alvaro Uribe yesterday and restaurants and found a three-fold dif-
aid, "The United States stands with ference between the batches with the
olombia in this struggle." highest and lowest acrylamide levels.
Powell spent five hours meeting with - Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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