- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2001

Reno lifted travel bans on Iraqi exiles

LINCOLN, Neb. In one of her final acts in office, Attorney General Janet Reno lifted restrictions on travel and employment against five former Iraqi military officers who were thought to be a threat to U.S. security.

The men took part in a CIA effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein and were among 6,500 Iraqi dissidents brought to the United States after the Persian Gulf war.

But after arriving in California in 1997, the five were jailed for 2 and 1/2 years by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on suspicion of being double agents for Saddam. They eventually were released and allowed to settle in Lincoln with their families.

Breast-fed babies are healthier, study shows

CHICAGO A study of more than 16,000 European mothers offers some of the strongest evidence yet that breast-feeding makes babies healthier.

The study, published yesterday in Journal of the American Medical Association, found that babies whose mothers participated in an intensive breast-feeding program had significantly fewer intestinal infections and eczema.

"The real and clear message is that breast-feeding, especially prolonged breast-feeding, affects child health," Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence of the University of Rochester Medical Center said.

Indian funds 'sampling' approved by Babbitt

A final action of former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt was approval of a plan for "statistical sampling" of mismanaged trust accounts for American Indians.

The sampling plan is projected to cost up to $70 million.

Records on a $500 million system of trust accounts for Indian tribes are in such disarray that a statistical sampling is the most cost-effective way to determine how much the government owes the Indians, Interior Department officials said.

But attorneys for Indians suing over mismanagement of the accounts say sampling would be a waste of money. The government has admitted account records are unreliable, so sampling them won't provide accurate information, Dennis Gingold, one of the Indians' attorneys, said yesterday.

Judge closes hearing in O'Hair case

AUSTIN, Texas The man accused of kidnapping and extorting money from atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family agreed to a deal yesterday that may uncloak the mystery of their disappearance.

However, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ordered the details of David Roland Waters' plea agreement sealed and cleared the courtroom during a pretrial hearing.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Mr. Waters would plead guilty to a lesser charge and lead investigators to Miss O'Hair's body in exchange for a reduced prison term.

Fashion line founder pleads guilty

GRETNA, La. One of the creators of the FUBU designer-clothing line pleaded guilty to possession of Ecstasy and resisting arrest and was placed on probation for a year.

Jay Martin, 30, of Palisades Park, N.J., entered the plea Tuesday. Authorities said he got into a scuffle with sheriff's deputies at the New Orleans airport in July and was found to be carrying seven tablets of the drug.

Symington said close to pleading guilty

PHOENIX Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was within days of pleading guilty to at least one felony charge in his fraud case prior to his presidential pardon over the weekend, according to media reports.

Sources told Arizona newspapers and television stations that Mr. Symington was to plead guilty under a deal that would not require him to serve time in prison.

A jury convicted Mr. Symington in 1997 of using false financial statements to obtain several loans, forcing his resignation as governor.

He was sentenced to 2 and 1/2 years in prison, but an appeals court overturned his convictions and prosecutors had sought a new trial.

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