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'Cops' producer busted on DUI charges

ATLANTA The producer of TV's "Cops" was arrested on drunken-driving charges while in Atlanta to meet with police and set up filming of an episode of the reality series.

An officer stopped Murray Jordan, 64, for making an illegal left turn in Atlanta's Buckhead section Monday night, police said. The officer smelled alcohol on Mr. Jordan's breath, according to police.

Police said Mr. Jordan tried and failed three times to recite the alphabet, could not hold his leg up for more than a second, and did not follow directions when officers asked him to walk heel-to-toe.

Court throws out gun lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS Louisiana's Supreme Court yesterday threw out New Orleans' lawsuit aimed at forcing gun manufacturers to pay the costs of gun violence.

In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld a state law passed to retroactively block the lawsuit and said the city had no right to sue anyway.

New Orleans was the first local government in the nation to accuse gun makers of selling unsafe products and creating a public nuisance.

Alzheimer's threatens to overwhelm Medicare

A wave of baby boomers with Alzheimer's threatens to overwhelm Medicare and other health programs, says a group seeking more federal money for research to prevent or at least stall the disease.

Alzheimer's, which robs the elderly of their memories and the ability to care for themselves, already costs the federal government about $50 billion, the Alzheimer's Association said in a report yesterday.

"If Alzheimer's is not stopped in its tracks, it will bankrupt the nation," Emmy-winning actor David Hyde Pierce told Senate lawmakers who oversee health spending. Mr. Pierce, who plays uptight psychiatrist Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom "Frasier," lost his father to Alzheimer's disease.

Charges dismissed in paper-gun case

NEWARK, N.J. A judge dismissed charges yesterday against two 8-year-old boys who had been accused of making terroristic threats for pointing paper guns at other students.

Judge Peter V. Ryan agreed with prosecutors' recommendation to drop the charges against Hamadi Alston and Jaquill Shelton, of Irvington.

Police said Hamadi stood up at his desk at the Augusta Street School on March 15, pointed a piece of paper folded to look like a gun at his classmates and said "I'm going to kill you all."

Hamadi said he was imitating what Jaquill had done earlier that day.

Official says N.J. police practice racial profiling

TRENTON, N.J. Some state troopers are still practicing racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike despite a major reform effort, the state's attorney general told a Senate committee yesterday.

Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr. began an internal audit of trooper activity after a January study showed blacks and Hispanics were being stopped more than whites. Investigators are reviewing videotapes of every motor-vehicle stop by suspected troopers, Mr. Farmer told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Anti-abortion activists cited for obstruction

BUFFALO, N.Y. Two anti-abortion activists accused of helping James Kopp, a suspect in the sniper slaying of a Buffalo doctor, avoid arrest were indicted yesterday on federal obstruction charges.

Loretta Marra, 37, and Dennis Malvasi, 51, of New York, were ordered returned to Buffalo.

Miss Marra, who was twice arrested with Mr. Kopp during abortion demonstrations in the 1990s, and Mr. Malvasi, who served five years in prison for firebombing two abortion clinics in the 1980s, were arrested in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Authorities said the two provided Mr. Kopp with money during his flight to Europe and were creating a "safe house" for him to come home to.

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