- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Docking port attached to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two spacewalking astronauts working with a crew mate inside shuttle Discovery attached a new docking port to the International Space Station yesterday.

The docking port will be used by space shuttle Endeavour when it delivers huge solar panels in December and by Atlantis when it carries up the American lab Destiny in January.

Two more spacewalks are planned, today and tomorrow. The astronauts will depart from the space station on Friday. If all goes well, the next crew to dock, on Nov. 1, will be the station's first residents.

Prosecutor removed from Nichols case

OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy's office yesterday was disqualified from prosecuting bombing conspirator Terry Nichols by a state judge who said Mr. Macy had violated a gag order as well as the rules of professional conduct in a broadcast interview.

The case against Nichols will be assigned to another Oklahoma prosecutor.

Nichols' lawyers argued that the district attorney was too emotionally involved in the Oklahoma City bombing case and that could prevent Nichols, already convicted in federal court, from getting a fair trial in state court.

After yesterday's hearing on a request by defense lawyers to remove Mr. Macy, District Judge Ray Dean Linder said "there was a blatant violation of the rules of professional conduct."

Suspected serial killer admits to slayings

SPOKANE, Wash. A man who was charged in the deaths of 10 women has admitted killing some of them, reaching a deal with prosecutors that will spare his life, his lawyer said yesterday.

Robert Yates agreed to tell authorities where to dig for a body in the yard of his Spokane home, public defender Richard Fasy said. Under the deal, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Yates, Mr. Fasy said. The lawyer declined to say how many killings he was admitting to.

Twin brothers charged with rape

NEW YORK Identical twin 13-year-old brothers were arrested on charges of raping a 40-year-old woman in her apartment while her 2-year-old son stood nearby.

The two face rape, assault and robbery charges and will be tried as juveniles. The attack took place in the Bronx on Sunday evening as the woman, accompanied by her son, returned home with groceries, police said.

Jury selection begins in vet deaths trial

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. A judge yesterday warned potential jurors in the trial of a former nurse accused of murdering patients at a veterans' hospital that they might have to decide whether to impose the death penalty.

Kristen Gilbert, 32, of Setauket, N.Y., is accused of four murders and three attempts at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton.

The case grew out of an unusual series of deaths in 1995 and 1996. Prosecutors say she was injecting sick veterans with adrenaline to make their hearts race out of control. They say Miss Gilbert craved the attention from co-workers when she responded to medical crises she had secretly provoked.

L.A. transit talks make some progress

LOS ANGELES Negotiations in the city's monthlong transit strike resumed yesterday but were interrupted for a half-hour after a picketing bus driver was struck by a motorist.

Union leader James Williams walked out of the talks in Pasadena to check on the apparent accident at the transit agency's headquarters. The unidentified driver was hospitalized with minor injuries. The motorist was taken into custody for questioning.

Meanwhile, the two sides reported some progress in bargaining but remained divided over work rules involving overtime and part-time workers. "The good news is we're going back and forth because there's life on both ends," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who joined the talks on Friday.

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