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Ex-speaker of the
house accused of
drunk driving
The former speaker of the Mich-
igan House was arrested on suspi-
cion of drunk driving after police
said he was so inebriated that he
couldn't stand up on his own.
Witnesses called police Feb.
9 to report they saw a man, who
police later identified as former
Republican Speaker Craig DeR-
oche, drunkenly leave his car and
walk up to a store in Saline, near
e Ann Arbor, Saline police Chief Paul
Bunten said.
Officers arrived at about 5:30
p.m. to find DeRoche stumbling in
the snow, Bunten said.A breath test
showed his blood-alcohol content
was 0.249 percent, more than three
" times Michigan's legal limit for
driving of .05, police said.
"The officers were very con-
cerned because, although that's a
very high blood-alcohol level, he
couldn't stand up without being
helped," Bunten said.
Police took DeRoche to a hospi-
tal, where he was evaluated and a
blood test was administered. Test
results won't come back for a few
Two wounded in
church shooting
" Two victims wounded during
a brazen shooting inside a North-
ern California church were coop-
erating yesterday with police in
the search for a hooded gunman
and two other suspects.
The victims and several other
witnesses were initially reluctant
to aid investigators but have since
provided leads, police Sgt. Bisas
French said.
"If I knew something, I'd say
something, but others can't see
an advantage in that," said Frank
Robinson, a Richmond native who
lives near the church. "If those
guys were bold enough to shoot
up a church, who's to say they
won't come up to your front door
and shoot you?"
Police still don't know why the
man opened fire Sunday at the
New Gethsemane Church of God
in Christ in Richmond, but inves-
tigators don't believe the attack
was random.
Bayh to retire from
U.S. Senate
Yesterday's stunning announce-
ment by Sen. Evan Bayh that he's
retiring from a Congress he says he
no longer loves makes him the latest
to flee Washington as many voters
seem furious about the country's
economic malaise and poised to
take it out on incumbents.
The decisionby the Indiana Dem-
ocrat, who was in strong position to
win a third term in November, gives
Republicans a formidable chance to
capture the seat in his GOP-leaning
state. It also compounds the prob-
lems facing Senate Democrats this

fall as they cling to their majority in
the chamber, where they now hold
59 of the 100 votes.
Bayh joins a growing roster of
recent Democratic retirements
that includes Rep. Patrick Kennedy
of Rhode Island and Sens. Chris-
topher Dodd of Connecticut and
Byron Dorgan of North Dakota.
Yet the congressional casualty list
has a decidedly bipartisan flavor,
with recent retirement announce-
ments coming from Rep. Lincoln
Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and other GOP
House members from Michigan,
Indiana, Arkansas and Arizona.
Cocaine traded for
arms in West Africa
Cocaine shipped to West Africa
by Latin American drug cartels
is now being traded for arms, the
U.N.'s drug czar said yesterday -
an exchange of contraband that is
especially dangerous in a region
now home to cells of an al-Qaida-
linked terror group.
Antonio Maria Costa, execu-
tive director of the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime, says
"there is more than just spotty evi-
dence" indicating a link between
drug traffickers and terror groups.
"And before this becomes a very
serious problem, it has to be dealt
with and nipped in the bud," Costa
said in an interview with The
Associated Press, on the sidelines
of a seven-nation drug summit in
the Senegalese capital of Dakar.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Clinton: Iran could see
military dictatorship

People chant in prayer as they walk the streets of Port-au-Princess GSunday one
month after a magnitude-7.4 earthquake struck.
Fears of another
quake haunt Haiti

Sec. of State says
U.S. faces obstacles
in halting Iran's
nuclear program
ARIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton said yesterday Iran is
sliding into a military dictatorship, a
new assessmentsuggestingarockier
road ahead for U.S.-led efforts to
stop Tehran from obtaining a nucle-
ar weapon.
As the first high-level Obama
administration official to make such
an accusation, Clinton was reflect-
ing an ever-dimming outlook for
persuading Iran to negotiate limits
on its nuclear program, which it has
insisted is intended only for peace-

ful purposes. The U.S. and others
- including the two Gulf countries
Clinton visited Sunday and Monday
- believe Iran is headed for a nucle-
ar bomb capability.
Clinton also was revealing the
logic of the administration's plan
to target the Islamic Revolution-
ary Guard Corps with a new round
of international sanctions intended
to compel Iran to curb its nuclear
ambitions before it increases the
likelihood ofamilitary clash.
Clinton flew to Riyadh, the Saudi
capital, where Foreign Minister
Prince Saud al-Faisal seemed to
express doubt about the usefulness
of seeking more sanctions on Iran
over its nuclear program. In a joint
appearancewithClinton,hesaid the
threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambi-
tions demands a more immediate
solution. The Saudi foreign minis-

ter didn't identify a preferred short-
term resolution.
"Sanctions are a long-term solu-
tion. But we see the issue in the
shorter term because we are closer
to the threat," he said.
U.S. officials said privately that
they were unsure of al-Faisal's
meaning and that they were certain
Saudi Arabia was not opposed to
new sanctions. They said the Sau-
dis have some doubt that sanctions
can be effective.The officials spoke
on condition of anonymity in order
to describe diplomatically sensitive
conversations with the Saudi leader-
Clintonwasdrivenin KingAbdul-
lah' s about 65 miles northeast to
Rawdat Khurayim, a secluded royal
hunting retreat where the vacation-
ing king hosted her for lunch - and
where a large-screen TV was on.

Builders and relief
workers worry
.about large quake
(AP) - Hundreds of houses that
survived Haiti's killer quake still
stand empty even as quake vic-
tims desperate for shelter crowd
the streets. The reason is fear:
Nobody is quite sure they can
withstand another quake.
At least 54 aftershocks have
shuddered through Haiti's shat-
tered capital since a Jan.12 quake
killed more than 200,000 people.
They have toppled weakened
buildings faster than demolition
crews can get to them, sending up
new clouds of choking dust. On
yesterday, three children were
killed when a school collapsed in
the northern city of Cap-Haitien.
It wasn't clear what caused the
collapse, which occurred after
a late-night tremor and heavy

"I tried sleeping in the-house for
a night, but an aftershock came and
I ran outside," said Louise Lafonte,
36, who beds down with her family
of five in a tent beside her seeming-
ly intact concrete house. "I'm not
going inside until the ground calms
That may be awhile. Seismolo-
gists say more, damaging after-
shocks are likely and there's even
a chance of another large quake
following quickly after the initial
catastrophe in the capital of 3 mil-
lion people.
In 1751, a large quake hit the
island that Haiti shares with
the Dominican Republic. About
a month later, another one
destroyed Port-au-Prince.
A magnitude-7.4 quake that
killed more than 18,000 people
in northwestern Turkey in 1999
was followed three months later
by another of magnitude-7.2 only
100 kilometers (60 miles) from
the initial epicenter.

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