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Lawmakers extend review of port deal

roof
At least 56 d
market roof ca-
under weight o
MOSCOW (AP) -
repeatedly in hopes o
vors trapped under con
beams yesterday after a
collapsed on one of M
markets, killing at least
Investigators blamed
a buildup of snow after
design flaws or poor rna
Workers used metal
lic. lifters and pick ax
rubble from the Basma
knelt down to shout in
in search of survivors. E
the search and bright s
minated the area after d
One man, a 52-year
from Azerbaijan, said h
at around 5 a.m., just be
roof gave way
"I heard a loud noise
ground and lost consci
came to, I was lying b
Ukhtai Salmanov said,
ered in dust. "There
people were screaming.
Fighting back tears,
unable to save his three

collapse
lead after worked in the huge circular building.
At least 56 people were killed and 32
ves in injured, Emergency Situations Ministry
f snow spokeswoman Natalya Lukash said.
Emergency officials said it was
Rescuers paused impossible to say how many people had
f hearing survi- been in the market at the time of the col-
ncrete and metal lapse, but survivors and witnesses said
snow-laden roof there could have been more than 100.
loscow's biggest The market, where produce, meat and
56 people. dairy products are sold along with house-
the disaster on hold goods, was closed for retail sales,
r a harsh winter, but wholesalers were getting an early
aintenance. start. Some market workers also were
cutters, hydrau- reportedly sleeping in the building.
xes to clear the Officials expressed relief the roof
inny market and hadn't collapsed later yesterday when
to the wreckage the building would have been filled
Dogs helped with with shoppers taking advantage of the
earchlights illu- first day of a three-day holiday marking
lark. Defenders of the Fatherland Day, which
r-old herb seller honors Russia's armed forces.
e left the market Virtually all the victims were believed
fore the concave to be workers from Azerbaijan and other
former Soviet republics, among the thou-
and I fell to the sands who have poured into the Russian
ousness. When I capital to fill low-paying jobs.
y the entrance," Cries and shouts rang out from the
his clothes cov- crowd of relatives gathered near the site
was smoke arid as emergency workers read the names
." of the hospitalized. One woman was
he said he was pulled away, wailing, after hearing her
sisters, who also brother was killed.

Rescuers stand in front of the wreckage of a collapsed market in Moscow
yesterday. The three-decade-old roof buckled under the weight of snow.

"I have a cousin there. I've been call-
ing him since morning but at first there
was no answer, and now the phone does
not ring," said Eshkin Mekhvaliyev, a
young Azerbaijani man.
Medical workers tried to help a man
trapped under a slab of concrete that left
only his hand visible, giving him pain-
killers through an intravenous drip.
Machines were brought in to blow
warm air into the rubble to try to
keep victims alive in the near freez-
ing temperatures.
Trapped survivors called. relatives
using cell phones, helping rescuers find
them, said Yuri Akimov, deputy head of
the Moscow department of the Emer-
gency Situations Ministry. But hours
passed with no rescues.
The Basmanny market, also known

as Bauman after the technical institute
in the neighborhood, is in an east-cen-
tral area of the Russian capital and is
not among those most popular with
foreign tourists.
Grief occasionally spilled over into
anger and accusations, fiercely rejected by
officials, of a slow response to the disaster.
"They knew we were from the Cau-
casus," Aktai Soldan said bitterly. "If
there had been Russians in the rubble,
they would have done more to help."
Emergency workers had to shift their
efforts in the afternoon to fighting a fire
started by a spark from an electric saw
on the edge of the building, sending
acrid smoke billowing into the air. But
Emergency Situations Ministry spokes-
man Viktor Beltsov said it posed no
threat to anyone in the wreckage.

Bush administration officials opened the door yesterday to a delay in
allowing a state-owned United Arab Emirates company to assume significant
operations at six U.S. ports as lawmakers pushed for a new 45-day investiga-
tion of the deal.
The company, Dubai Ports World, signaled to Congress that it, too, would be
willing to accept a short delay while lawmakers review the deal.
"People don't need to worry about security," President Bush said shortly before
administration officials who approved the transaction told a Senate committee
their 90-day review did not turn up a single national security concern to justify
blocking it.
Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, said Bush was willing to accept
a slight delay in Dubai Ports World's purchase of terminal leases and other opera-
tions at six U.S. ports from a British company.
"There's no requirement that it close, you know, immediately after" a British
government review of the $6.8 billion purchase is completed next week, Rove said
on Fox Radio's "Tony Snow Show." "What is important is that members of Con-
gress have the time to get fully briefed on this."
LONDON
British bank robbers nab $43.5 million
A gang of armed robbers impersonating police officers tied up employees
at a southern England security company and stole the equivalent of $43.5 mil-
lion, the Bank of England said Wednesday in disclosing one of the largest bank
heists in British history.
The money, about 25 million pounds in bank notes, was stolen overnight
from a cash center at Tonbridge in Kent county, a bank spokesman said on
condition of anonymity, according to bank policy.
No one was injured in the robbery.
The bank spokesman also said it was possible that more than $43.5 million
was stolen, but the final figure will not be known until the security company
completes its accounting.
The heist at Securitas Cash Management Ltd. began when some of the
thieves, dressed as police officers, stopped the firm's manager as he drove
home Tuesday. The manager got into their car, which he believed to be a
police vehicle, and was handcuffed by the robbers, authorities said.
At the same time, another team of thieves went to the manager's house, saying
he had been in an accident. The men convinced his wife and young son to leave the
home and go with them.
BESLAN, Russia
Interrogation methods risky, FBI memos say
WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI agents repeatedly warned military interrogators
at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that their aggressive methods
were legally risky and also likely to be ineffective, according to FBI memos made
public yesterday.
A senior officer at the prison for terror suspects also "blatantly misled" his supe-
riors at the Pentagon into thinking the FBI had endorsed the "aggressive and con-
troversial interrogation plan" for one detainee, according to one of the 54 memos
released by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The memos had been previously released, but in more heavily censored form, as
part of an ACLU lawsuit under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
CORRECTIONS
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incorrectly stated that a Michigan Student Assembly resolution was voted
down 13-12 with one abstention. The resolution was not voted down, but rath-
er failed to pass, with a vote of 12-12 with one abstention. The same article
incorrectly stated that the vote was split along party lines and that represen-
tatives of the Students 4 Michigan Party unanimously voted against it. The
S4M vote was split. The article stated that Rese Fox is running for MSA vice
president with the Michigan Progressive Party. She is running for president.
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AP PHOTO
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, right, holds a copy of the Katrina
report yesterday in the Cabinet Room at the White House.
Gov't report sla-ms
Katri~na response

More than 114
deadn chaos after
shrine bombing
Iraqi government lim prayer service. Officials feared
mosques could be both a target for
imposes daytime curfew, attacks and a venue for stirring sec
U.S. military limits travel tarian feelings.
President Bush said he appreciat-
BAGHDAD (AP) - Gunmen ed the appeals for calm, and called
killed dozens of civilians yesterday the shrine bombing "an evil act"
and dumped their bodies in a ditch, aimed at creating strife.
as the government ordered a tough A Western official, speaking on
daytime curfew of Baghdad and condition of anonymity because
three provinces to stem the sectari- of the sensitivity of the subject,
an violence that has left at least 114 said discussions were under way
dead since the bombing of a Shiite to rebuild the shrine as quickly
shrine. as possible because the shattered
Seven U.S. soldiers died in a pair structure would serve as a "lasting
of roadside bombings north of the provocation" until it was recon-
capital, and American military structed. Italy announced yesterday
units in the Baghdad area were told that it was offering to rebuild the
to halt allbutaessentialitravel to dome to help battle "fanaticism."
avoid getting caught up in demon- Despite strident comments from
strations or roadblocks. various Iraqi leaders, U.S. officials
As the country careened to the said they believed mainstream poli-
brink of civil war, Iraqi state tele- ticians understood the grave danger
vision announced an unusual day- facing the country and would try to
time curfew, ordering people off prevent civil war.
the streets Friday in Baghdad and "We're not seeing civil war ignit-
the nearby flashpoint provinces ing in Iraq," Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch,
of Diyala, Babil and Salaheddin, a spokesman for the U.S. command,
wherg the shrine bombing took t6ld reporters.
place. Nevertheless, sectarian passions
Such a sweeping daytime curfew were running high.
indicated the depth of fear within A Shiite cleric was shot dead

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Poor communication,
delays delivering supplies
plagued relief efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) - Flawed
government planning for major
disasters led to rampant confusion
during the slow federal response to
Hurricane Katrina, the White House
concluded yesterday in a report
focusing more on fixing shortfalls
before the next storm season than on
assigning blame.
The review described poor com-
munications systems, delays in deliv-
ering supplies and overall tumult
within the Bush administration, but
revealed little new about the plod-
ding federal effort in the days just
before and after the storm socked
the Gulf Coast last Aug. 29.
The 228-page document, including
125 recommendations for improve-
ment, adopted a far softer tone than
a scathing House report issued last

week and offered scant criticism of
President Bush, Homeland Secu-
rity Secretary Michael Chertoff
and then-FEMA Director Michael
Brown.
That House review, written by a
Republican-led committee, blamed
all levels of government for the lack-
luster response that it said contrib-
uted to the deaths and suffering of
thousands of the region's residents.
"The magnitude of Hurricane
Katrina does not excuse our inad-
equate preparedness and response,
but rather it must serve as a catalyst
for far-reaching reform and trans-
formation," the White House report
concluded.
It added: "Similar to the images
of grief and destruction on Sept. 11,
2001, the images of suffering and
despair from Hurricane Katrina are
forever seared into the hearts and
memories of all Americans. Those
painful images must be the catalyst
for change."'

the government
that the crisis
could touch off a
Sunni-Shiite civil
war. "This is the
first time that I
have heard poli-
ticians say they
are worried about
the outbreak of
civil war," Kurd-
ish elder states-
man Mahmoud
Othman told The
Associated Press.
The biggest
Sunni Arab bloc
announced it was

"It is illogical
to negotiate
with parties
that are trying
to damage the
political process."
- Tariq al-Hashimi
Iraqi Accordance Front leader

yesterday night
in Tuz Khormato,
a mostly Kurd-
ish city 130 miles
north of. Bagh-
dad, and another
Sunni pieacher
was killed the
mostly Shiite
city of Hillah 60
miles south of
the capital.
Two Sunni
mosques were
burned yesterday
in Baghdad and

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a

in parliament
pulling out of

talks on a new government until
the national leadership apologizes
for damage to Sunni mosques from
reprisal attacks.
"It is illogical to negotiate with
parties that are trying to damage
the political process," said Tariq
al-Hashimi, a leader of the Iraqi
Accordance Front.
Most of the bloodshed has been
concentrated in the capital, its sur-
rounding provinces and the prov-
ince of Basra, 340 miles to the
southeast.
Among the victims was Atwar
Bahjat, a widely known Sunni cor-
respondent for the Arab satellite
television station AI-Arabiya.
Gunmen in a pickup truck shout-
ing "We want the correspondent!"
killed Bajhat along with her cam-
eraman and engineer while they
were interviewing Iraqis about
Wednesday's destruction of the

another in Mussayib to the south,
police said. A Sunni was killed
when gunmen fired on a mosque
in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of
Baghdad.
Dozens of bodies were found yes-
terday dumped at sites in Baghdad
and the Shiite heartland in southern
Iraq, many of them with their hands
bound and shot execution-style.
They were believed to have been
killed Wednesday night.
Although the violence appeared
to be waning yesterday, the brutal-
ity did not.
The bodies of the 47 civilians,
mostly men between ages 20 and
50, were found early Thursday in a
ditch near Baqouba. Police said the
victims - both Sunnis and Shiites
- had apparently been stopped by
gunmen, hauled from their cars and
shot.
Fighting erupted in Mahmoudiya,
20 miles south of Baghdad, between
Sunni gunmen and militiamen loyal

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