- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2000

Chinese general visits Cohen for talks

The senior Chinese general in charge of the welfare and morale of the People's Liberation Army held talks yesterday with Defense Secretary William S. Cohen in a program to boost cooperation between the two militaries.

Gen. Yu Yongbo, a member of Beijing's Central Military Commission, has visited several U.S. bases and Disney World.

Defense officials said the Pentagon talks would cover a wide range of bilateral and Asia-Pacific security issues.

Gen. Yu, whose visit to the United States began on Oct. 25, is the highest-ranking PLA officer to visit the country this year. Defense officials said he wanted to gain a better understanding of how U.S. service members live.

Police say missing boy was not kidnapped

SALT LAKE CITY A 2-year-old boy missing for nearly a week in the north Utah mountains was probably not abducted, authorities said yesterday. The boy's father faced more questioning.

Paul Wayment, 37, told authorities he left his son, Gage, strapped in a car seat in his truck last Thursday while he hunted for deer above Coalville, 30 miles east of Salt Lake City. He said he locked the doors and took the keys with him, but when he returned the boy was gone.

Robert Berry, chief investigator for the Summit County Sheriff's Department, said investigators yesterday interviewed two hunters who were in the area.

"They said there was no one else in that area at the time when the boy came up missing but the boy and his father," he said.

Mr. Wayment has been questioned twice and will be interviewed again this morning, Mr. Berry said. "We are not referring to him as a suspect yet," he said.

Police arrest 10 in shootings at park

NORCROSS, Ga. Police have arrested 10 suspected members of a Hispanic gang in shootings at a suburban Atlanta soccer complex that killed one teen-age girl and left another clinging to life.

Police said the girls thought they were going to the park for a re-initiation beating into the "Vatos Locos" gang, which they had left. "Vatos locos" means "crazy dudes."

Five persons were charged in the killing of Mechelle Torres, 18, and the wounding of Robin Rainey, 17. Five others were arrested on lesser charges. Three suspects, including two charged with murder, are 16-year-old girls, Gwinnett County police spokesman George Gilson said.

Miss Rainey was hospitalized in an undisclosed state yesterday.

Children are blamed in death of cousin

PEORIA, Ill. Two children, ages 2 and 5, are to blame for the death of their infant cousin who died when her head was smashed into a metal bed frame by the older child, prosecutors said.

The baby, 29-day-old Raquel Maddox, died of massive head injuries. Her death has been ruled a homicide, though prosecutor Kevin Lyons said Monday the children can't be charged because of their age.

The infant was staying at her grandmother's house with the two cousins and three other children because her mother was in jail, prosecutors said.

The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services took the 5-year-old into custody. The 2-year-old was not removed from the care of her parents.

Lack of success ends AIDS test

CHICAGO A weak form of the AIDS virus designed like a vaccine to boost the immune systems of HIV-infected people failed to slow the disease in a trial, and the study was aborted, researchers said yesterday.

In earlier testing HIV-1 Immunogen had shown promise by increasing the supply of immune system CD4 cells that are targeted by the virus.

But study monitors halted it last year, months before the scheduled end of the largest-ever trial, because the drug failed to slow the disease's progress.

"They recommended that the study, in fact, be halted, and that the patients released from the study so they could find other ways to receive treatment," said author James Kahn.

The report was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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