- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2000

Strike continues at Bath Iron Works

AUGUSTA, Maine The largest union at Bath Iron Works rejected the company's latest contract offer yesterday, sending a strike against the Navy shipbuilder into its second week.

Leaders of the Local S6 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing 4,800 workers, would not give a tally for the vote.

15 Haitian migrants come ashore in Florida

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. Fifteen Haitians were pulled from the surf and another may have died in a probable migrant smuggling venture, U.S. authorities said yesterday.

The Haitians told authorities they were smuggled to Florida on a boat that took eight days to make the 600-mile journey from their Caribbean homeland to Florida.

The Haitians were found in the water just off Riviera Beach, about 75 miles north of Miami. They told authorities that a woman who had been with them was last seen "floundering in the water" and did not reach shore.

Heche, DeGeneres put home up for sale

LOS ANGELES Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche, once the most famous homosexual couple in the world, have put their home in Ojai, Calif., up for sale.

The couple were together for three years before last month's highly publicized split. Now, their 10-acre home is on the market for $2.75 million, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Shortly after the couple announced their breakup Aug. 19, Miss Heche, 31, walked into a home in central California in a confused state.

Brooklyn fire kills one, hurts six

NEW YORK A fire broke out in a residential building early yesterday, killing a teen-ager and injuring six others, including four firefighters, authorities said.

The 18-year-old resident was dead at the scene and two other residents, a woman in her 60s and a 34-year-old man, were injured in the Brooklyn fire. The woman was in critical condition with burns and the man was in stable condition.

Ex-Army doctor says uranium hurt vets

PARIS A former U.S. Army doctor said yesterday that many Gulf war veterans suffered from diseases as a result of inhaling particles of depleted uranium used in anti-tank shells.

"According to some estimates, 320 tons of depleted uranium were exploded during the [1991] Gulf war," said Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a retired Army colonel now with the department of Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University Medical School.

"Many of the patients suffered renal disease and failure, the clinical consequences of inhaled uranium," he said of soldiers he examined.

Union tattoos spark power plant concerns

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is monitoring the safety of five Commonwealth Edison nuclear power plants in northern Illinois that have been threatened by a shortage of certified control room workers because of a labor dispute.

Nuclear plant workers have been escorted off their jobs more than 50 times in the past week for entering control rooms wearing temporary tattoos displaying a union logo.

"The control room is hallowed ground," said Bill Harris, a company spokesman. "Operators are expected to have great respect for handling the nuclear core."

Fireworks plant explosion kills owner

DESOTO, Mo. A fireworks plant exploded and burned Saturday, killing the plant's owner.

"It shook everything and lifted the roof off the building," said Wayne Crowell, who saw the explosion at the plant about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Firefighters said three explosions started the blaze, which took two dozen fire departments about 2* hours to bring under control. The cause of the explosions was under investigation.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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