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NATION/WORLD

U.S. unleashes

Despite renewed air
offensive, explosion
from car bomb kills child
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A car
bomb exploded outside the home of a
tribal leader in a city west of the capi-
tal yesterday, killing one child in yet
another attack aimed at a U.S. ally.
The explosion in Ramadi targeted the
house of Sheik Amer Ali Suleiman,
according to his cousin, Yasser Ali.
Suleiman was not injured but at least
one child was killed, he said.
Suleiman is a leader of the
Duleim tribe, one of the largest
Sunni Muslim tribes in Iraq. He is a
member of the city council and is
close to the Americans.

A U.S. military spoke
Baghdad confirmed there w
bombing, but had no furthe
The press office of the 8:
borne Division, which ist
Ramadi, was not answering
phone.
Ramadi, 60 miles west of
capital of Baghdad, is part oft
Triangle" where anti-U.S. at
concentrated.
Rebels have repeatedly
police stations and Iraqis per
be cooperating with the occup
Meanwhile, military offic
yesterday that American jets u
some of the biggest bombs in
inventory against suspectedi
targets in central Iraq.
A new offensive agains

bombing
sman in dubbed "Operation Iron Hami
was a car began Tuesday and continued y
r details. day with sounds of firing in the
2nd Air- tal. An American general said
based in offensive was to intimidate the
its tele- rillas by "planting the seeds of d
in their minds" that they can
the Iraqi overcome U.S. power.
he "Sunni Two 2,000-pound, satellite-gu
tacks are bombs were dropped late Tuesday
Baqouba, 30 miles northeast of B
attacked dad, on "camps suspected to have
ceived to used for bomb-making," said Maj.
pation. don Tate, a spokesman for the
-ials said Infantry Division.
unleashed Jets also dropped 1,000-p
the U.S. bombs on "terrorist targets" nea
insurgent northern city of Kirkuk, he said
out elaborating.
t rebels, Elsewhere, insurgents fired on a

campaign
mer" supply convoy north of Samara yester-
ester- day, witnesses said. American troops
capi- returning fire killed two Iraqis, includ-
d the ing a teenager, the witnesses said.
guer- There was no confirmation from
doubt the U.S. military, but the sounds of
ever gunfire could be heard during a
telephone conversation with wit-
aided nesses.
near A roadside bomb exploded yes-
3agh- terday in the southern city of Basra,
been damaging a British civilian vehicle
Gor- but causing no casualties, according
4th to British spokesman Maj. Hisham
Halawi.
)und In recent days, U.S. forces have used
r the heavy artillery, battle tanks, attack heli-
with- copters, F-16 fighter-bombers and AC-
130 gunships to pound targets in central
U.S. and northern Iraq.

NEWS IN BRIEF.
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
LONDON
Bush visits Europe, seeks support for Iraq
President Bush urged Europe yesterday to put aside bitter war disagreements with
the United States and work to build democracy in Iraq or risk returning the nation to
terrorists. Anti-war demonstrators mobilized for a march of tens of thousands today.
Bush conceded in a speech that deep differences remain over Iraq, even among
staunch war allies, the United States and Britain.
But, he asserted, "we did not charge hundred of miles into the heart of
Iraq and pay a bitter cost of casualties and liberate 25 million people only to
retreat before a band of thugs and assassins."
His speech followed an elegant welcoming ceremony with Queen Eliza-
beth II at Buckingham Palace, which included a 41-gun salute and a review
of troops on foot and on horseback.
Meanwhile, anti-war protesters made preparations for huge demonstra-
tions against Bush's 3 1/2-day state visit.
There were isolated, smaller demonstrations around the city yesterday. At
one point, as the president's motorcade arrived at Banqueting House for his
speech, noisy demonstrators could be seen and easily heard just two blacks
away. The demonstrators, held back by police lines, could not be heard inside
the hall where Bush spoke.

Potential designs for
World Trade Center
memorial unveiled

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BOSTON
Legislators debate gay marriage laws
Now that Massachusetts' highest court has declared that gay couples have
the right to marry under the state constitution, the political debate begins over
how the Legislature should react.
In its 4-3 decision, the Supreme Judicial Court gave the Legislature 180 days to
rewrite the state's marriage laws for the benefit of gay couples.
"We declare that barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obliga-
tions of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same
sex violates the Massachusetts Constitution," Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote.
The seven gay couples that filed the lawsuit and their attorney argue thatthe
decision leaves state lawmakers little leeway to do anything but change state mar-
riage statutes to reflect the court's decision.
Legal experts and some opponents said the decision is ambiguous and
leaves open the possibility of civil unions, similar to those practiced in 'Ver-

NEW YORK (AP) - Eight com-
peting designs for a memorial to the
nearly 3,000 victims of Sept. 11 -
including reflecting pools, walls of
names and a tomb for the unidenti-
fied - were unveiled yesterday as
the rebuilding of the World Trade
Center entered a delicate new phase.
A 13-member panel chose the
eight finalists from a record 5,201
proposals for commemorating the
2001 terrorist attacks in New York,
Washington and Pennsylvania, as
well as the 1993 trade center bomb-
ing. The panel will settle on a final
design by the end of the year.
The designs include gardens, maple
trees, soaring light beams and private
areas for relatives of the dead. One
envisions a blue light projected upward
from a resting place for the unidenti-
fied remains of trade center victims.
"We really now are at the point
that gives the families hope," said
Monica Iken, whose husband,
Michael, was killed at the trade cen-
ter. She said each design "brings
you into a space that says this is a
sacred, spiritual, peaceful place of
reflection where we're going to
honor and remember."
But deciding on a 'final memorial
is certain to create friction and hurt
feelings.

The Lower Manhattan Development
Corp., the agency overseeing the com-
petition, had issued guidelines that say
all proposals should recognize the tow-
ers' footprints and preserve a wall that
is the only remnant of the original
complex. It also said that all victims
need to be recognized, and that some
should not be made to seem more
important than others.
However, some firefighters and
their families have been pushing to
have the fallen rescue workers hon-
ored together and to have an inscrip-
tion describing their sacrifice.
Rosaleen Tallon, whose brother, fire-
fighter Sean Tallon was killed, said
yesterday her family would remove his
name from the memorial if he could
not be listed with his colleagues.
But many firefighters, dozens of
whom arrived to view the plans on dis-
play, said they were encouraged to find
at least three designs proposed listing
rescue workers' names together. Other
entries proposed alphabetical listings,
while one suggested that victims could
be grouped together along with their
relatives, friends or colleagues.
The designers, whose names were
not known to the jury who selected
them, found different ways to recog-
nize the 2,982 victims of the 1993
and 2001 attacks.

Michael Jackson thanks his audience during the Radio Music Awards in this Oct.
27 file photo at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
Warrant seeks'ng
of Pop' on charges of
chil1d molestation

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -
Authorities issued a warrant for
Michael Jackson's arrest on charges of
molesting a child and asked the pop
superstar yesterday to turn himself in
and surrender his passport. Jackson's
spokesman called the allegations
"scurrilous and totally unfounded."
The 45-year-old King of Pop was
accused of multiple counts of lewd or
lascivious acts with a child under 14. A
decade ago, Jackson was also accused
of molestation but was never charged
because the youngster refused to testify.
"I am sad that there is another vic-
tim out there. I feel bad for the family.
I feel bad for the victim. Beyond that, I
feel it is a sad thing for all those
involved," District Attorney Thomas
Sneddon Jr. said at a news conference.
Jackson was believed to be in Las
Vegas working at a recording studio.
"Get over here and get checked in,"
the prosecutor said.
Sneddon would not say when or
where the alleged crimes took place
or how old the youngster was. He
said an affidavit outlining the details
will be sealed for 45 days.
But Brian Oxman, an attorney who
has represented the Jackson family

over the years, told CBS that the case
involves the alleged molestation of a
12-year-old boy at Jackson's Neverland
Ranch, the storybook playground
where the singer has been known to
hold sleepover parties with children.
Oxman is not representing Jackson.
CBS immediately pulled a Jackson
music special planned for next
Wednesday on his greatest hits and the
impact on pop culture of the former
child star who got his start with his
brothers as a member of the singing-
and-dancing Jackson 5.
"Given the gravity of the charges
against Mr. Jackson, we believe it
would be inappropriate at this time
to broadcast an entertainment spe-
cial," the network said.
On Tuesday, as many as 70 law
enforcement officers spent 12 hours
searching the Neverland Ranch for
corroborating evidence. The $12.3 mil-
lion ranch has a mansion, its own zoo
and amusement park.
Each of the sex charges is punish-
able by three to eight years in prison.
Sneddon would not say how many
counts Jackson faces.
Bail will be set at $3 million, author-
ities said.

mont, rather than marriage. It also is
could be amended by the voters.
WASHINGTON
Investigators pinpoint
origins of blaCkout
The nation's worst blackout began
with three power line failures in Ohio
and should have been contained by
operators at FirstEnergy Corp., a three-
month government investigation con-
cluded yesterday.
The report by a U.S.-Canadian task
force said the FirstEnergy operators did
not respond properly, allowing the Aug.
14 outage to cascade, eventually cutting
off electricity to 50 million people in
eight states and Canada.
The task force also cited outdated
procedures and shortcomings at a
regional grid monitoring center in Indi-
ana that kept officials there from grasp-
ing the emerging danger and helping
FirstEnergy deal with it.
"This blackout was largely preventa-
ble," Energy Secretary Spencer Abra-
ham said. The task force said it found
"no computer viruses or any sort of
illicit cyber activities" to blame.
WASHINGTON ,
Candidates' rivals
gain financing boost
Fund-raising front-runners Presi-
dent Bush, Howard Dean and John
Kerry are giving the rest of the presi-
dlential candidates a short-term boost
in the wallet by skipping taxpayer
financing next year.

WASHINGTON
House passes tougher
mutual-fund laws

Because the three are turning avyay
the assistance from taxpayers who
check a box on their returns, the eight
candidates still participating in the pro-
gram are expected to get substantially
more federal money at the start of the
primary season.
The Federal Election Commission
initially estimated candidates would
only get 40 cents to 50 cents of every
dollar they were entitled to when the
first checks are sent in January.

based on the state Constitution, which

Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly
voted to toughen penalties for mutual
fund abuses and to make sure investors
are provided with more information..
The 418-2 vote came as mutual fRind
scandals escalate, more big-name com-
panies are cited by authorities and a
money stampede continues outof
implicated funds.
The legislation would impose
harsher penalties for abuses, make
directors on company boards more
independent from fund managers and
require companies to disclose nore
information to investors about fees
and fund operations.
The bill still needs approval in,.the
Senate, where several different versions
have been proposed but no action is
expected before next year.
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