- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 4, 2001

Official toll brings terror deaths down
NEW YORK A total of 3,465 persons are dead or missing from the September 11 terror attacks, according to new but still provisional figures issued yesterday.
In New York, 3,232 persons are dead or missing as a result of two fuel-laden jetliners slamming into the World Trade Center's towers, according to a spokesman for the city's emergency services.
Near Washington, 189 persons are dead or missing as a result of a third hijacked plane crashing into the Pentagon.
Another 44 persons were killed when a fourth airliner crashed in a field in Pennsylvania the same day.
The New York figures have gradually dropped as authorities double-check the lists and eliminate names erroneously listed more than once.

Boat with Haitians runs aground
MIAMI An overloaded sailboat carrying 184 Haitians ran aground in shallow water 10 miles off the Florida coast yesterday after being at sea for 10 days.
The Haitians were to be taken to the Coast Guard station in Miami. The U.S. government almost always sends illegal Haitian immigrants back to their homeland; as of September, 1,453 had been sent back this year.
The Haitians were given water and life jackets as they waited to be taken off the 31-foot wooden boat, which was stuck in 3 feet of water.
About 20 Haitians fled the boat and made it to nearby uninhabited islands, but they were found, Coast Guard Petty Officer Gene Smith said.

Hearing held for teen in massacre plot
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. A 17-year-old accused of plotting a massacre at his high school told police he wanted the event to be "bigger than Columbine" but doubted it would happen, according to an audio tape played in court yesterday.
The sometimes-inaudible tape was played at a bail hearing for Eric McKeehan, who has been held after pleading not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.
There was no immediate bail ruling
On the tape, the accused said he believed other students looked down on him and that he planned to target specific groups including "preps" and Puerto Ricans.

One to plead guilty in professors' murders
CONCORD, N.H. One of the two teen-agers charged with killing two Dartmouth College professors has agreed to plead guilty as an accomplice in one of the deaths, prosecutors said yesterday.
James Parker, 17, will admit he was an accomplice to second-degree murder in the death of Susanne Zantop, the attorney general's office said. In exchange, a first-degree murder charge will be dropped.
The Parker youth and Robert Tulloch, 18, were both charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 27 stabbing deaths of Mrs. Zantop and her husband, Half, in their Hanover home.
Last week, the attorney for Mr. Tulloch said he will use an insanity defense when his trial begins April 8.

Spacewalkers fix docking mechanism
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two spacewalking cosmonauts successfully removed a rubber seal yesterday that had jammed a docking mechanism at the International Space Station and forced a shuttle-launch delay.
The obstruction disrupted NASA's plans last week to send space shuttle Endeavour on a space station delivery mission. Liftoff is now scheduled for tomorrow evening, five days late.
An O-ring seal, apparently left behind by the previous supply ship, prevented a new Russian cargo ship from hooking onto the space station last Wednesday. None of the hatches closed, and the unmanned ship was left hanging loosely from the orbiting outpost.
NASA feared the ship might wobble and damage the station when Endeavour pulled up with a slight jolt.
As a result, shuttle managers put off the launch until after the spacewalk

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