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NEWS BRIEFS
DETROIT
Red Wings win
23rd in a row at
Joe Louis Arena
The Detroit Red Wings are
losing track of how many games
in a row they've won at home.
Detroit won its 23rd straight
at Joe Louis Arena, setting an
NHL multiple-season mark for
home dominance by holding on
to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2
yesterday.
"Where are we at with the
streak?" asked Drew Miller, who
scored for the Red Wings. "The
streak is cool, but we're more
concerned with how we're play-
ing and to keep our spot in the
race."
The Red Wings won their
sixth straight game, all in a
homestand, and have an NHL-
high 84 points.
Detroit, which broke the
league's single-season record of
20 on Tuesday, surpassed the 22
wins in a row the Boston Bruins
had over two seasons more than
eight decades ago.
LONG BEACH, Calif.
ICE agent fights
for gun, shoots,
kills supervisor
A federal agent accused of
shooting a supervisor engaged
" in a serious struggle for his gun
with another colleague who sub-
sequently shot and killed him, an
official said.
The shooting occurred after
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agent Ezequiel Gar-
cia discussed his job performance
with the agency's second-in-com-
mand in the Los Angeles region,
ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice
said Saturday.
Another agent who attended
the discussion and had just left
the office rushed back and burst
in to disarm Garcia after the shots
rang out.
"There was avery, very intense
struggle," Kice said. "They were
physically struggling over the
gun."
The agent eventually drew his
own gun and shot Garcia, Kice
said. ICE is not releasing the
agent's name.
RIGA, Latvia
Latvian voters
reject Russian as
national language
Latvian voters resoundingly
rejected a proposal to give offi-
cial status to Russian, the moth-
er tongue of their former Soviet
occupiers, though the defeated
referendum Saturday is expect-
ed to leave scars on an already
divided society.
Russian is the first language
* for about one-third of the Bal-
tic country's 2.1 million people,
and many of them would like to
accord official status to the Ian-

guage to reverse what they claim
has been 20 years of discrimina-
tion.
But for ethnic Latvians,
the referendum was a brazen
attempt to encroach on Lat-
via's independence, which was
restored two decades ago after
a half-century of occupation
by the Soviet Union following
World War II.
MONTERREY, Mexico
44 dead in Mexico
prison riot
A fight among inmates led to
a prison riot in northern Mexico
that killed 44 people yesterday, a
security official said.
Nuevo Leon state public secu-
rity spokesman Jorge Domene
Zambrano said the riot broke out
at about 2 a.m. in a high-security
section of a prison in the city of
Apodaca outside the northern
industrial city of Monterrey.
Several inmates attacked
others, and the fighting then
spread and blew up into a riot,
Domene said. Forty-four people
died before authorities regained
control of the prison a couple of
hours later, he said.
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Iran halts crude oil
exports to Great
Britain and France

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King County Sheriff's officers and other emergency officials work along Highway 2 near Stevens Pass ski resort in
Skykomish, Wash., near where three skiers were killed in an avalanche yesterday.
Wash. avalanche kls
3 skiers,1 other saved

Moves comes after
EU imposed tough
sanctions last
month
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran
has halted oil shipments to Brit-
ain and France, the Oil Ministry
said yesterday, in an apparent
pre-emptive blow against the
European Union after the bloc
imposed sanctions on Iran's cru-
cial fuel exports.
The EU imposed tough sanc-
tions against Iran last month,
which included a freeze of the
country's central bank assets
and an oil embargo set to begin
in July. Iran's Oil Minister Ros-
tam Qassemi had warned earlier
this month that Tehran could
cut off oil exports to "hostile"
European nations. The 27-nation
EU accounts for about18 percent
of Iran's oil exports.
However, the Iranian action
was not likely to have any signif-
icant direct impact on European
supplies because both Britain
and France had already moved
last year to sharply curtail oil
purchases from Tehran to less
than 3 percent of their daily
needs.
The EU sanctions, along

with other punitive measures
imposed by the U.S., are part of
Western efforts to derail Iran's
disputed nuclear program,
which the West fears is aimed
at developing atomic weapons.
Iran denies the charges, and
says its program is for peaceful
purposes.
The spokesman for Iran's
Oil Ministry, Ali Reza Nikzad-
Rahbar, said on the ministry's
website yesterday that "crude
oil exports to British and French
companies have been halted."
"We have our own customers
and have no problem to sell and
export our crude oil to new cus-
tomers," he said.
Britain's Foreign Office
declined comment, and there
was no immediate response
from French officials.
The semiofficial Mehr news
agency said exports were sus-
pended to the two countries
yesterday. It also said the
National Iranian Oil Company
has sent letters to some Euro-
pean refineries with an ulti-
matum to either sign long-term
contracts of two to five years or
be cut off.
Mehr did not specify which
countries were sent the ulti-
matum, but Spain, Italy and
Greece are among Europe's big-
gest buyers of Iranian oil.

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:i group swept The men who died were
believed to be in their 30s and
down resort 40s.
"From what I'm told, they
mountain were all very knowledgeable,
expert skiers," Larson said.
VENS PASS, Wash. (AP) The initial reports of the
re skiers were killed yes- avalanche reached the sheriff's
when an avalanche swept office just after noon, and for
ar down an out-of-bounds some time it wasn't clear wheth-
at a popular resort, but er the other skiers had also been
h skier caught up in the swept up in the slide.
was saved by a safety The Northwest Weather and
authorities said. Avalanche Center yesterday
four were among three issued a warning for high ava-
of skiers - about a dozen lanche danger for areas above
in all - making their 5,000 feet, saying warmer
rough a foot and a half weather could loosen surface
,h snow on the back side snow and trigger a slide on
ens Pass, in the Cascade steeper slopes. The elevation of
sins northeast of Seattle, the avalanche wasn't immedi-
he avalanche hit. ately clear.
were buried to some At mid-afternoon, the tem-
but the men who died perature at the base of the Ste-
wept about 1,500 feet vens Pass ski resort was 24
a chute in the Tunnel degrees, with light winds and
Canyon area, King Coun- good visibility. The tempera-
riff's Sgt. Katie Larson ture at the top of the mountain
was 22 degrees, according to the
t of the other skiers, all resort's website.
luipped, were able to John Gifford, the ski area's
emselves and rushed to general manager, said yester-
the victims. They per- day that the resort had received
CPR on the three men to 19 inches of snow in the past 24
il, Larson said. hours. However, it wasn't snow-
fourth skier who was ing there yesterday afternoon.
far down the mountain, Stevens Pass is one of the
an, appeared to avoid a most popular outdoor recre-
fate because of the ava- ation areas in the state, with
safety device she was visitors flocking to the scenic
g, Larson said. Larson site to go cross-country, back-
immediately have other country and downhill skiing, as
about the device. well as snowshoeing and back-

packing.
It's been a deadly winter in
Washington's mountains. Four
people disappeared in vicious
storms while camping and
climbing on Mount Rainier last
month. The four remain miss-
ing, and authorities have said
they're hoping to find their bod-
ies when the snow melts this
summer.
Across the West, there had
been 13 avalanche deaths this
season as of Thursday, accord-
ing to the Colorado Avalanche
Information Center, which
tracks avalanche deaths in the
U.S.
Experts have said the risk of
additional slides could remain
high all season. They attribute
the dangers in part to a weak
base layer of snow caused by a
dry winter.
Avalanche deaths are more
common in the backcoun-
try than at ski resorts. Out of
about 900 avalanche deaths
nationwide since the winter of
1950-51, 32 were within terrain
that was open for riding at ski
resorts, according to the Utah
Avalanche Center.
Also yesterday, King County
Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said
a snowboarder was killed in a
separate incident at the Alpen-
tal ski area east of Seattle. The
snowboarder, a man, went over
a cliff.with its national identity
and is unlikely to make any con-
cessions without huge incen-
tives.

British fugitive caught
hiding in rural Missouri

Suspect of
laundering $1.5M
on run since 1993
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
On the surface, Edward Maher
and his wife appeared to enjoy
a comfortable middle-class life.
They had homes in quiet neigh-
borhoods, drove late-model
cars and took occasional week-
end trips. They raised two sons.
But beneath that veneer lay
a darker past: Maher was an
international fugitive - wanted
in Britain on allegations that he
stole a fortune worth $1.5 mil-
lion back in 1993 while work-
ing as a security guard for an
armored truck company.

When he was captured in
rural Missouri, the suspect
dubbed "Fast Eddie" by the
British media had managed
to evade arrest for nearly two
decades. Public records and
interviews with neighbors sug-
gest he did so mostly by living
an inconspicuous life of unre-
markable jobs and making
frequent, sometimes abrupt
cross-country moves.
Maher's adult son, Lee,
claims his parents did not tell
him anything about their real
identities until shortly before
his father was arrested Feb. 8.
"I had just found out that
my life is ... not anything that I
thought it was," the 23-year-old
Maher said in a phone inter-
view.

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