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Defiant Sharon says he won't resign NEWS IN BRIEF1

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Real estate developer
was charged on

Appel for
The indict
Sharon wi]

Wednesday for bribing further clou
Sharon with $690,000 stalled peac
ShrnA Dahaf
JERUSALEM (AP) - Ariel Sharon Yediot yest
said yesterday he will not resign as Israelis thi
prime minister, despite corruption alle- suspend hi
gations and the looming possibility he should stayF
could be indicted in the coming weeks. ple had a ma
A real estate developer was indicted The focu
Wednesday on charges of bribing called "Grc
Sharon with $690,000, and Justice Appel allc
Ministry officials said they would Gilad mon
decide within weeks or months minister, w
whether to indict the prime minister help App
for accepting bribes. Such charges Greece in 1
would only be filed if prosecutors are Oppositio
convinced Sharon had criminal intent. to resign, a
"I am not about to resign. I empha- Likud alrea
size, I am not about to resign. I am busy Sharon's
with work from morning to night, and I said Sharon
do not intend to make time for issues case becaus
that are under investigation," Sharon tion. "I can
told the Yediot Ahronot newspaper. #n indictme
Sharon's aides confirmed the remarks. There is1
At a meeting of backers of his ruling cians to res
Likud Party yesterday afternoon, There hav
Sharon said, "I plan to keep serving as despite susp
prime minister and as Likud chairman handed dow
until 2007 at least," according to the despite criti
Yediot website. A former
Eyal Arad, a close associate of ered likely
Sharon, also said that the prime minis- maintain hi
ter "does not intend to resign." until the las
Sharon said the burgeoning scandal ical analyst
would not deflect his attention from Richard Nix
what he considers to be more pressing not fight ag
issues, including a hearing at the world Justice N
court in The Hague, Netherlands, on condition o
the legality of a barrier Israel is build- to complete
ing in the West Bank. within seve
An Israeli court on Wednesday and decidee
indicted real-estate developer David Appel w
Continued from Page 1
ions to be so high that a close second is seen as a
loss, he added. In 1992 Bill Clinton became the
Democratic presidential nominee without winning
either Iowa or New Hampshire.
Kerry's Monday night win shifts the locus of
scrutiny from Dean's campaign to his.
Most notable among Kerry's New Hampshire sup-
porters are former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and Man-
chester Mayor Bob Baines.
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who fin-
ished second in Iowa, hopes to capitalize on his suc-
cess with a surge in the New Hampshire polls. He
has snagged endorsements from a handful of New
Hampshire House representatives, including that of
Minority Leader Peter Burling.
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who sat on the bench
for the Iowa caucuses, was polling a distant second to

allegedly bribing Sharon.
Ament raises the chances
ll be indicted as well and
uds hopes for a renewal of
ce efforts.
Institute poll published in
terday found 49 percent of
ink Sharon should resign or
imself; 38 percent said he
premier. The poll of 504 peo-
argin of error of 4.4 percent.
us of the scandal is the so-
eek Island Affair" in which
egedly paid Sharon's son
ey so Sharon, then foreign
would use his influence to
el promote a project in
on politicians urged Sharon
nd a leadership struggle in
dy was brewing.
spokesman, Asaf Shariv,
could not comment on the
se of the pending investiga-
guarantee there will not be
ent," he said.
precedent for Israeli politi-
sign as a result of scandal.
e also been cases where,
picion, no indictments were
,n, and leaders have held on
x general, Sharon is consid-
to wage a fierce battle to
is leadership."He will fight
t bullet," Israel Radio polit-
I Hanan Crystal said. "But
xon was a fighter. You can-
:ainst everything."
Ministry officials said on
f anonymity they expected
an investigation of Sharon
ral months, possibly sooner,
on an indictment.
as indicted in the Tel Aviv


NASA fears Mars rover may be lost
NASA's Spirit rover stopped transmitting data from Mars for more than 24 hours,
mission managers said yesterday, calling it an "extremely serious anomaly."
NASA received its last significant data from Spirit early Wednesday, its 19th
day on Mars. Since then, it has sent either random, meaningless radio noise or
simple beeps acknowledging it has received commands from Earth, said Firouz
Naderi, manager of the Mars exploration program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab-
oratory. The last such beep was received yesterday morning, Naderi said.
Initially, scientists believed weather problems on Earth caused the glitch. They
said they now believe the rover is experiencing hardware or software problems.
"This is a serious problem. This is an extremely serious anomaly," project man-
ager Pete Theisinger said.
Spirit is one half of a $820 million mission. Its twin, Opportunity, is scheduled
to land on Mars tomorrow.
NASA last heard from Spirit as it prepared to continue its work examining its
first rock, just a few yards from its lander.
Since then, Spirit has transmitted just a few beeps to Earth in response to
attempts to communicate with it. It also has skipped several scheduled communi-
cations opportunities.
U.S. soldiers, Iraqi civilians killed in attacks
A barrage of mortar fire struck a U.S. military encampment in central Iraq, killing
two American soldiers and critically wounding a third, the military said yesterday.
Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Iraqi women who worked in the laundry
at a U.S. military base, killing four of them, and the security chief of Spanish
troops was wounded during a raid south of the capital.
Also yesterday, gunmen firing from a van killed two Iraqi policemen and
wounded three others in an attack on a checkpoint between Fallujah and
Ramadi, and the 23-year-old son of a former senior official from Saddam
Hussein's Baath party was slain by an unidentified attacker in the southern
city of Basra, police said.
Maj. Josslyn Aberle, spokeswoman for the 4th Infantry Division, said insur-
gents fired mortars and rockets at a U.S. military encampment outside the town of
Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday evening, killing the two
soldiers and critically wounding another.
The three soldiers were standing outside the tactical operations center when the
barrage hit, she said. The attack also damaged vehicles.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses as he speaks to Likud
supporters in Tel Aviv yesterday. Sharon defiantly brushed off calls
to resign.

Magistrates Court for allegedly bribing
Sharon to use his influence to push the
Greek Island project and to help
rezone urban land near Tel Aviv. Nei-
ther project came to fruition.From
1998 to 1999, the indictment said,
Appel gave "Sharon a bribe in recogni-
tion of activities connected to the ful-
fillment of his public positions."It said
Appel sent S690,000 to Sharon's fam-
ily ranch in the Negev desert. Appel

also promised to support Sharon in
Likud primaries, the indictment said.
The indictment also charged Appel
with bribing Vice Premier Ehud
Olmert to promote the Greek project
when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem
in the late 1990s.
The indictment said Gilad Sharon,
while hired as a consultant in the
Greek project, served as a middleman
in accepting the bribes.

Dean until recently. In the latest Zogby poll, he is
now a distant third. Clark may benefit from his
extensive organization in the Granite State, where he
has nine regional offices.
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut also sat out
in Iowa, and is placing much importance on Tues-
day's contest. Lieberman received an endorse-
ment this week from New Hampshire's largest
newspaper, the Manchester Union Leader, which
could play a key role in his campaign, similar to
The Des Moines Register's endorsement of
Edwards, which helped him to a second place
finish in Iowa. The Globe poll places Edwards
seven points ahead of Lieberman with 11 percent
of potential New Hampshire primary voters.
Although Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio finished
with only 1 percent of the Iowa state delegate equiva-
lence and the Rev. Al Sharpton received even fewer
votes, both remain in the race.
New Hampshire's demographic profile may hurt
Sharpton, who finished in second place in the

informal primary in. D.C., where he garnered one
third of the vote among four participating candi-
dates. The District of Columbia held an informal
primary, which will be followed later in the year
by caucuses where delegates will be handed out.
Sharpton's success there has been credited to his
popularity among blacks.
"There are, for all intensive purposes, neither any
Latinos nor blacks in either Iowa or Vermont,"
Hutchings said. Iowa is far less urbanized than much
of America, he added.
Both Sharpton and Edwards, who share success
among black voters, are hoping for victories in the Feb.
3 South Carolina primary, in which blacks are expected
to comprise half of the Democratic electorate.
The undecided voters - 17 percent in the Zogby
poll - may make the difference in New Hampshire. In
Iowa, they helped to cement Kerry's lead as his support
base materialized in the final days before the caucuses.
Kerry hopes to pull off a similar victory in a rematch
with Dean Tuesday.
Rep. to
serve 10
days in jail
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - Bill Jan-
klow, who dominated South Dakota pol-
itics for three decades as governor and
then congressman, was sentenced to 100
days in jail yesterday for an auto acci-
dent that killed a motorcyclist and ended
Janklow's career in disgrace.
After 30 days behind bars, Janklow
will be allowed to leave jail during the
day for up to 10 hours to perform com-
munity service. After he completes his
jail term, he will be on probation for
three years, during which he will not be
allowed to drive.
The 64-year-old Republican was
found guilty Dec. 8 of second-degree
manslaughter, speeding and running a
stop sign for a collision that killed 55-
year-old motorcyclist Randy Scott at a
rural intersection on Aug. 16.
"If I could change places with him, I
would. It's easy for me to say that, but I
would," the former congressman told the
judge before hearing his sentence. "All I
can say, judge, is I'm sorry for what hap-
pened and I wish I could change it."

Congress passes $373
billion spending bill
Congress snuffed out Democratic
opposition yesterday and approved a
belated $373 billion bill financing most
federal agencies and endorsing President
Bush's policies on overtime pay, food
labeling, media ownership and guns.
Over protests by labor, some farm
groups and conservatives angered by
the measure's mountain of pork-barrel
projects, the Senate approved the 1,182-
page bill by a bipartisan 65 to 28 vote.
The House passed it in December.
The vote, on the first major bill that
Congress has approved this election-
year, completes a measure that was due
last Oct. 1, when the government's
budget year began. The passage ended a
prolonged fight in which the White
House and GOP leaders stood by their
business and gun-owner allies.
Enron scandal suspect
enters innocent plea
A former Enron Corp. accountant
described as "a principal architect" of a
scheme to mislead government regula-
tors and investors turned himself in yes-
terday and pleaded innocent to federal
fraud charges related to the energy
giant's 2001 collapse.

Speaking in a soft voice, Richard
Causey, 44, entered his plea before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy. He
was released on $1 million bond,
secured by $500,000 in cash provided
by a brother-in-law.
When asked if he was employed,
Causey replied: "I am not."
Causey, who surrendered to the
FBI before daybreak yesterday and
was taken to court in handcuffs, was
charged with securities fraud and
conspiracy to commit securities
U.S. secretary sins
oil plan forAas
Interior Secretary Gale Norton
signed off on a plan yesterday for man-
aging 8.8 million acres of Alaska's
North Slope and opening most of the
acreage to oil and gas development.
Some of the drilling could occur in
areas important for migratory birds,
whales and wildlife.
The Interior Department's Bureau
of Land Management will use the
plan to manage a northwest portion of
the government's 23.5 million-acre
National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Geologists believe the reserve may
contain 6 billion to 13 billion barrels
of oil.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.


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