- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Steering woes found before Airbus crash
Two components that help pilots control an airplane did not work during a preflight check of American Airlines Flight 587, the National Transportation Safety Board reported yesterday.
The plane crashed Nov. 12 in New York soon after takeoff, killing all 265 persons aboard.
The maintenance log on the Airbus A300-600 reported problems with the pitch trim, which helps keep the nose in an up or down position, and the yaw damper, which uses the rudder to keep the airplane from swaying.
The log says a mechanic corrected the problem by resetting the computers that control the parts. The board found no evidence of engines breaking apart or of a collision with a bird. There also was no evidence of fire or mechanical malfunction.

Oregon residents linked to terrorism
SALEM, Ore. Classified information indicates there are people in Oregon linked to the September 11 terrorism, Sen. Gordon H. Smith said, the first time such a connection has been made publicly by a high-ranking official.
"I have reason to believe that there are some finding aid and comfort here in the state of Oregon who have been a party to terrorist activities that found ultimate expression in New York City," the Republican said Monday. He provided no details, saying they were classified.

Green River suspect pleads not guilty
SEATTLE A truck painter pleaded not guilty yesterday to four of the Green River serial killings, which left at least 49 women dead nearly two decades ago.
Gary Leon Ridgway's attorney, Tony Savage, entered the pleas during a brief arraignment in Superior Court. Mr. Ridgway, 52, was arrested Nov. 30 based on recent DNA tests.

Saudi princess charged in beating
ORLANDO, Fla. A Saudi princess was arrested in Orlando on a felony charge of beating her maid, an arrest delayed by questions about whether the suspect had diplomatic immunity.
Princess Buniah Saud, 42, a niece of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, was charged with aggravated battery on her live-in maid, Memet Ismiyati, 36, an Indonesian citizen.
Princess Saud was arrested late Monday and held without bond pending a hearing.

Pentagon terminates missile contract
BOSTON The Department of Defense has terminated a multibillion dollar contract with defense contractor Raytheon, saying the naval missile defense project was too far behind schedule and exceeded cost estimates.
The Navy area theater ballistic missile defense system is designed to protect naval forces, ports and bases against medium-range air and missile threats.

Headphones blamed for rail accident
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. A Florida man listening to music on headphones as he strolled down a railroad track didn't hear a freight train approaching and was struck from behind and critically injured yesterday, rescue workers said. Rescue workers found the 37-year-old man badly injured and took him to a hospital.

Guard convicted of crushing kittens
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. A prison guard was convicted yesterday of aggravated cruelty to animals for crushing five kittens to death in a trash compactor at Sing Sing. Ronald Hunlock, 47, could get up to two years in prison when he is sentenced March 19. He found the kittens in a search of an inmate's cell at the state prison last month.

Cuban spy gets 19 years in prison
MIAMI A U.S. federal court here yesterday sentenced convicted Cuban spy Fernando Gonzalez to 19 years in prison.
Gonzalez was convicted for use of false documents, failure to register as a foreign agent and intent to infiltrate U.S. military facilities

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