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with White House; Dems unsure
about next move to prevent
renewal of the legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) - A band of Senate Republi-
can holdouts reached agreement yesterday with the White
House on minor changes in the Patriot Act, hoping to
clear the way for passage of anti-terror legislation stalled
in a dispute over protection of civil liberties.
Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and three other GOP
lawmakers - all of whom joined with Democrats last
year to block a long-term extension of the law - were to
announce the accord later yesterday.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan pre-
empted them, saying the changes "continue to build upon
the civil liberties protections that are in place but do so
in a way that doesn't compromise our national security
"We're pleased that this important legislation is mov-
ing forward," he said.
There was no immediate reaction from House Repub-
licans, although several GOP officials said key lawmakers
were informed of the proposed changes.
One GOP official, who spoke on condition of anonym-
ity, said the legislation was rewritten to make clear that
an individual receiving a National Security Letter was not
letters are secret requests for phone, business and Internet
This official said a second proposed change would
clarify that only libraries that are "electronic service pro-
viders" could be required to provide information to gov-
ernment agents as part of a terrorist investigation.
A GOP agreement would put Senate Democrats in a
politically difficult position of deciding whether to renew
their filibuster on an issue of national security - an area
where polling shows them trailing President Bush and the
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said
the agreement was "a step in the right direction."
But two other Democrats swiftly denounced it as short
of what was needed.
"The few minor changes that the White House agreed
to do not address the major problems with the Patriot Act
that a bipartisan coalition has been trying to fix," said Sen.
Russell Feingold of Wisconsin.
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat
on the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused the White
House of "naysaying and partisanship."
Still, Leahy's statement stopped short of having the
senator join in Feingold's threat to renew a filibuster that
stalled the legislation last year.
The law originally was passed within days of the
attacks of Sept. 11,2001, and the administration says it has
tracking suspected terrorists. W
Renewal of the law was blocked last year when critics
said its provisions shortchanged civil liberties, particularly
in the cases of individuals who were not suspected of ter-
rorist activities themselves, but might have had innocent
dealings with suspects.
Also at issue was concern over the government's ability
to demand information from libraries.
As a result of the deadlock, lawmakers decided to
extend the old law temporarily, a short-term solution that
left the administration and many in Congress unhappy.
The current extension expires March 10.
Republicans said that with the changes, the chance
would be remote that any library would have to turn over
But Democrats said the same provision made explicit
that some libraries could be forced to turn over informa-
tion, adding that existing law is vague on the subject.
Other than Sununu, the Republicans who had
defied the president's wishes on the Patriot Act
last December were Sens. Larry Craig of Idaho,
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Chuck Hagel of
The changes were worked out over several weeks
in discussions that involved the lawmakers and White
House counsel Harriet Miers, according to one
Republican familiar with the compromise efforts.
reveal hocky legend
talking about wife's
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Wayne
Gretzky was recorded on a wiretap
talking to the alleged financier of a
gambling ring, discussing how the
hockey great's wife could avoid being
implicated, a person with knowledge of
the investigation told The Associated
Gretzky, coach and part-owner of the
Phoenix Coyotes, can be heard on wire-
taps made within the past month talking
about his wife with assistant coach Rick
Tocchet, the person said, speaking on
the condition of anonymity because
the investigation was ongoing.
Gretzky's wife, actress Janet
Jones, allegedly bet at least $100,000
on football games over the course of
the investigation by state authorities,
the person said.
There is no evidence that Gretzky
placed any bets, according to the
Authorities say from Dec. 29
through Feb. 5 - the day of the Super
Bowl - bettors placed a total of $1.7
million in wagers with the ring run by
a New Jersey state trooper, Tocchet and
a South Jersey man. All face charges of
promoting gambling, money laundering
and conspiracy and are scheduled to be
arraigned in Superior Court in Mount
Holly on Feb. 21, the state Attorney
General's office said yesterday.
WASH ING TON
FDA urges special warning on Ritalin
Ritalin and other stimulant drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
should carry the strongest warning that they may be linked to an increased risk of
death and injury, federal health advisers said yesterday.
The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted in favor of the "black
box" warning after hearing about the deaths of 25 people,,including 19 children,
who had taken the drugs. The vote was 8-7, with one abstention.
One committee member, Curt Furberg, a professor of public health sciences at
the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said it would be "inappropri-
ate, unethical behavior".not to disclose that there was uncertainty about the safety
of the drugs.
The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory commit-
tees but typically does.
"The committee plainly wanted to tell us certain things ought to be in labeling
in a more forceful way," Robert Temple, director of the FDA's Office of Medical
Policy, told reporters after the meeting.
NA LCH IK, Russia
Mothers protest trial of Beslan attacker
Seven mothers of children killed in the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis began a
hunger strike yesterday to protest what they said were efforts to end the trial of an alleged
The lead prosecutor, meanwhile, demanded the death penalty for Nur-Pashi Kulayev,
the man alleged to be the sole surviving Beslan attacker. More than 330 people died in
the attack, nearly half of them children.
A verdict in the trial, now in its ninth month, could be delivered by the end of the
month, a prosecutor's spokesman said.
The Sept. 1-3, 2004, raid on Beslan's School No. 1 by 32 heavily armed militants
stunned Russia and prompted President Vladimir Putin to push sweeping political
changes. Subsequent investigations have exposed a deep vein of corruption, particularly
among regional law enforcement officials, and showed how turbulent Russia's North
Caucasus region remains.
Preval on track to be Haiti's next president
Rene Preval, a former president seen as a champion of Haiti's poor,
appeared headed yesterday to a first-round election victory, even before offi-
cial results were announced.
Preval, a former protege and one-time ally of ousted President Jean-Ber-
trand Aristide, was characteristically low-key as reports of election returns
landed at his party headquarters in Port-au-Prince. A campaign official said
Preval had won almost 68 percent of the 359,000 votes counted so far.
Leslie Manigat, believed to be Preval's strongest rival in the field of nearly
three dozen candidates, said early returns showed Preval has surged ahead.
"There is a tiny chance that we will have a second round, but I fear Preval
has made a clean sweep of the votes," Manigat said.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Sectarian violence kills 32 on Shiite holy day
A suicide bomber struck yesterday in Pakistan on the holiest festival for Shite Mus-
lims, triggering a riot that left a provincial town in flames and at least 27 people dead
and more than 50 wounded.
In neighboring Afghanistan, hundreds of Shiites and Sunnis clashed in the western
city of Herat, hurling grenades and burning mosques. At least five people were killed
and 51 wounded.
Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky grimaces after the Coyotes give up a second period goal to the Chi-
cago Blackhawks in NHL action at Glendale Arena in Glendale, Arizona yesterday.
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Jones has not been charged.
Investigators say about a half-dozen
current NHL players placed bets with
the ring and are looking into whether
anyone involved in the 5-year-old opera-
tion, which authorities say had a connec-
tion to organized crime in Philadelphia
and southern New Jersey, wagered on
NHL games. Gretzky is not the main
focus of the probe, the person said.
The Star-Ledger of Newark, citing
unidentified law enforcement sources,
first reported of a wiretap involving
Gretzky in yesterday's newspapers.
The newspaper also reported that Jones
bet $500,000 during the investigation,
including $75,000 on the Super Bowl.
Earlier in the week, Gretzky denied
any involvement in the ring.
"My love for her (Jones) is deeper
than anything. The reality is, I'm not
involved, I wasn't involved and I'm not
going to be involved. Ain I concerned
for both of them? Sure there's concern
from me. I'm more worried about them
than me. I'm like you guys, I'm trying to
figure it all out," Gretzky said Tuesday.
Gretzky did not attend the Coyotes
practice in Phoenix yesterday. He would
not be available until after Thursday
night's game against the Dallas Stars in
Phoenix and the team would not com-
ment, said Coyotes spokesman Rich
Lawyers involved in the case said
details of the three-month investigation
should not be made public.
"I have never been involved in
a case where the prosecution has
engaged in such inappropriate con-
duct in terms of making investiga-
tors available to the press, appearing
on nationally syndicated television,"
said Kevin Marino, a lawyer for Toc-
chet, who was granted an indefinite
leave from the NHL Wednesday. "It's
improper, it's unwarranted and I will
not tolerate it."
"We are not going to try this case
in the press and we're not going to let
them either," he said.
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