- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Abortion pill shipped to U.S. physicians

The first shipments of the abortion pill RU-486 are on the way to U.S. physicians, enabling them to offer women a nonsurgical option for ending early-term pregnancies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug, also known as mifepristone and sold under the brand name Mifeprex, Sept. 28 after a 12-year battle over whether the pill should be brought to the U.S. market. Under FDA guidelines, the drug must be given within 49 days after the start of a woman's last menstrual period.

Planned Parenthood, a family-planning group that supports abortion rights, said about 60 of its clinics would begin offering Mifeprex this week.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver expected to recover

BALTIMORE Eunice Kennedy Shriver is expected to make a full recovery from a postoperative infection, her son said yesterday.

Mrs. Shriver, 79, a sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, remains at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she has been in stable condition for the past week, according to her son, Maryland state Delegate Mark Shriver.

Mrs. Shriver had a benign pancreatic tumor removed Oct. 12, and was later released from the hospital. She was readmitted Oct. 23 after developing an infection.

End of show hinted for Rosie O'Donnell

NEW YORK Rosie O'Donnell may be gaining a magazine, but losing her talk show.

The daytime talk-show host, during a "Today" show appearance to promote her new association with McCall's magazine, hedged at first but then indicated she would end "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" when her contract expires in spring 2002.

Miss O'Donnell was third in the talk-show ratings this spring, behind Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Springer. But this fall her ratings have dropped by 19 percent, and she has slipped behind Regis Philbin and Maury Povich into a tie for fifth with Montel Williams.

Miss O'Donnell has become more politically active in Democratic causes and last year engaged in a tense on-air debate on gun control with actor Tom Selleck. Just before the Nov. 7 election, she gave Barbra Streisand a platform to promote Al Gore's presidential candidacy.

Crew member killed during jet landing

MIAMI An American Airlines crew member who opened the door of a jetliner too soon after an emergency landing was sucked out of the plane and killed yesterday at Miami International Airport, police said.

The pilot of American Airlines Flight 1291, from Miami to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, turned the A-300 Airbus around when he spotted an engine fire warning light in the cockpit and successfully landed back at the airport.

"Before he had a chance to depressurize the cabin, one of the crew members tried to open the door and the crew member was literally sucked out of the plane," Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Nelda Fonticella said.

As many as 12 other persons among the 138 passengers and crew on the jet were treated for minor injuries after sliding down emergency chutes on the tarmac at Miami International.

Historic map put up for grabs

The Library of Congress has failed in its attempt to buy the original map in which the word "America" is first used.

The library was unable to come up with $14 million to purchase the 1507 map by German geographer Martin Waldseemuller, spokeswoman Jill Brett said yesterday.

The library had exclusive rights to buy the map from its owner, German Prince Johannes Waldbourg-Wolfegg, until Nov. 15.

"Our agreement with the prince has expired," Miss Brett said. "Although the library is still very interested in acquiring the map, he's now free to seek other buyers."

Waldseemuller's map is the first to refer to America, naming the continent after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. The map is being sold for the first time in its nearly 500 years of existence.

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