- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2001

Senate passes tougher arsenic rule

The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to require new arsenic standards for drinking water, approving compromise language that would add pressure on President Bush to lower acceptable levels of the carcinogen.

By a 97-1 vote, lawmakers voted to require the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately put new arsenic regulations into effect. The language said the EPA should protect "those at greater risk," such as the young, old and ill.

But the Senate provision was vaguer than a House measure approved last week, which would require the administration to maintain the maximum 10 parts per billion level that former President Clinton set before leaving office in January. In March, Mr. Bush put the new standards on hold, subject to further study.

Bush picks Thurmond's son

President Bush yesterday chose the 28-year-old son of Sen. Strom Thurmond to be South Carolina's U.S. attorney.

The elder Thurmond, who is the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, recommended his son to the White House in January. The Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination.

The younger Thurmond is an assistant state prosecutor in Aiken, S.C.

Rare Darwin book returned to library

BOSTON — A rare first-edition copy of Charles Darwin's seminal work on natural selection has been returned to the Boston Public Library after disappearing at least eight decades ago.

An 1859 copy of Mr. Darwin's "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" was returned last week after a woman found the book while cleaning a relative's home, said Roberta Zonghi, the library's keeper of rare books. The library received the book in the 1860s as a gift, Miss Zonghi said.

Boat with Cubans capsizes off Florida

MIAMI — A boat full of Cubans headed for the United States capsized off the Florida Keys in foul weather early yesterday, according to Coast Guard crews who said one passenger died and six or seven others were still missing.

Twenty-one passengers were rescued and were receiving medical care aboard Coast Guard cutters, Petty Officer Luis Diaz said. Another died shortly after he was pulled from the water, Petty Officer Diaz said.

Shortly before 4 a.m., boaters on a passing vessel heard screams for help and pulled aboard most of the survivors, including four children, Petty Officer Diaz said.

Court to hear appeal by Kennedy cousin

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's appeal challenging the transfer of his murder case from juvenile to adult court.

The high court agreed to hear the case on Tuesday. A juvenile court judge ruled in January that Mr. Skakel, 40, must be tried as an adult in the 1975 beating death of Greenwich teen-ager Martha Moxley, although Mr. Skakel, a nephew of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was 15 at the time of the crime.

Israel wants to base fighter jets in U.S.

Israel has asked the United States to permanently base some Israeli fighter jets at a U.S. Air Force base in America for combat training of Israeli pilots, officials of the two countries said yesterday.

The officials told Reuters news agency that Washington was considering the request to station a contingent of Israeli jets at a U.S. base, but that no decision had been made.

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