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Texas schools vie over Bush library

WACO, Texas President-elect George W. Bush hasn't even moved into the White House, but that hasn't stopped two Texas universities from lobbying for his presidential library.

Southern Methodist University in Dallas is the latest to enter the mix, joining Baylor University. The Waco school began making a push for the library in September, weeks before election day.

"We feel that we offer the best of both, and we will make a good-faith effort to bring the library here," SMU spokeswoman Patti LaSalle told the Waco Herald-Tribune in yesterday's editions.

Bush spokesman Ray Sullivan called the lobbying efforts a bit premature.

Mr. Bush's wife, Laura, graduated from SMU and serves on the university's board of trustees. Baylor gave Mr. Bush, a Yale graduate, an honorary doctorate and the president-elect's Crawford ranch is about 35 miles from Baylor.

Off-duty detective kills two robbers

NEW YORK An off-duty police detective shot and killed two men Sunday who were trying to rob his mother-in-law's deli.

The robbers barged into the store at 6:15 p.m., demanded money and told Detective Michael Zeller, his wife and their two children to hit the floor.

When one of the robbers waved a gun, Detective Zeller drew his gun and began firing, police said.

Johnathan Lynch, 32, and James Culberson, 25, did not fire any shots, police said, although one of the robbers dropped a loaded .22-caliber revolver at the scene. One robber died at the scene, the other at the hospital.

The detective and his family were not injured.

New prosecutor to take JonBenet case

BOULDER, Colo. Four years after JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled, a new district attorney is about to take over and is expected to take a fresh look at the unsolved case.

Mary Keenan, who has worked on the slaying as chief deputy district attorney, will be sworn in as Boulder County district attorney Jan. 9, succeeding Alex Hunter, who was criticized for not filing charges in the slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen.

Mr. Hunter did not seek re-election.

Police and JonBenet's parents said they hope Miss Keenan will improve communication between police and prosecutors, which has been strained over the case.

Coast Guard calls off search for missing ship

MIAMI All eight crew members on a cargo vessel sailing from Miami to Haiti were missing and feared dead yesterday, two days after their freighter disappeared in stormy waters off Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard suspended its air and sea search for the 163-foot freighter Anita yesterday after finding only two empty life rafts and some debris in the area where the vessel went down Saturday night.

"We honestly don't know what happened," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Robert Suddarth.

He said the seas were rough at the time, with winds of 30 knots and 12-foot swells, but such conditions should not be disastrous for a safe, well-loaded vessel.

Escapees blamed in death of policeman

IRVING, Texas Seven men who escaped from prison two weeks ago have been accused of shooting to death a policeman as he tried to break up a Christmas Eve robbery at a store.

Capital murder charges were filed against all seven convicts, who remained at large yesterday.

Officer Aubry Hawkins, 29, was gunned down shortly after arriving at Oshman's Sporting Goods in response to a call.

The robbers were tying up and handcuffing store employees when Officer Hawkins was shot. Police would not say if there was an exchange of gunfire.

They fled in an employee's car, which they later abandoned.

"This was a well-planned and executed robbery," Police Chief Lowell Cannaday said.

The convicts two of whom were being held for murder broke out of a state prison at Kenedy, 280 miles from Irving, on Dec. 13, leaving a note that read, "You haven't heard the last of us yet."

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