- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2006

Libby lawyers seek to subpoena reporters

Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney told a federal judge yesterday that they want to subpoena journalists and news organizations to seek additional documents they might have related to the leak of a CIA operative’s name.

In a joint filing with prosecutors, lawyers for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, 55, warned U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton that a trial likely will be delayed because of their strategy in seeking more subpoenas of reporters’ notes and other records.

Mr. Libby was indicted last year on charges that he lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about how he learned about CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity and when he subsequently told reporters.

Mr. Libby’s defense team did not disclose the names of reporters or news organizations it wants to subpoena.

Two miners missing after fire breaks out

MELVILLE, W.Va. — Rescuers spread out to search a smoky labyrinth for two coal miners yesterday after a conveyor belt caught fire deep underground.

Close to a day after the fire broke out, safety crews had yet to make contact with the two men, said Doug Conaway, director of the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training. Their odds of survival “are a little bit long,” Gov. Joe Manchin III said.

The fire broke out Thursday night at the Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine.

Twenty-one miners were in the southwestern West Virginia mine on Thursday when a carbon-monoxide monitor about 10,000 feet from the entrance set off an alarm. Nineteen of the miners escaped.

Carter’s son plans run for Senate

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Carter, the son of former President Jimmy Carter, said yesterday that he will run to become a U.S. senator from Nevada and would make a formal announcement next month.

“I’m disturbed by the Bush administration policies,” Mr. Carter told Reuters in explaining his decision to enter politics at age 58. “I don’t like the partisan bickering.”

He has worked as a businessman specializing in financial markets throughout his life, and lived in Bermuda before coming to Nevada a little more than three years ago.

Mr. Carter hopes to unseat Nevada’s junior Sen. John Ensign, a Republican. He said he would formally announce his run for Senate on Feb. 6 at rallies in Las Vegas where he lives and Carson City, the state capital.

Man found dead on N.Y. subway

NEW YORK — A man was found dead on a New York City subway car during morning rush hour, and his lifeless body may have ridden on the train for about six hours.

The body of Eugene Reilly, 64, was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday in the last car of the Q subway train in the 14th Street-Union Square station, said James Anyansi, a NYC Transit spokesman.

The train was evacuated while emergency medical technicians were called to the scene.

There were no signs of foul play or injuries, and an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause and time of death, authorities said.

City sets record for rainfall

OLYMPIA, Wash. — With a drip here and a torrent there, Olympia set a local record for sogginess yesterday — its 34th consecutive day of measurable rainfall.

The Washington state capital almost missed tying its old mark, set in 1953, until 0.09 inches fell late Thursday night. After that, though, there wasn’t much letup. By 5 a.m., the National Weather Service had recorded more than half an inch of rain at Olympia Regional Airport.

Fifty miles to the north, Seattle went 27 straight days with rain until Sunday, when the streak ended six days short of the city’s record for consecutive days of rain.

Purple Heart stamp to be reissued

The stamp commemorating the Purple Heart medal will be reissued at the new postage rate, the Postal Service said yesterday.

Originally issued in 2003, the stamp honors members of the military who have been killed or wounded in action.

The price of a first-class stamp increased to 39 cents on Jan. 8, so new issues of the Purple Heart stamp will carry that price.

Until the new stamp is available, the current 37-cent Purple Heart stamp will remain on sale.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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