- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 14, 2001

Algerian guilty of terror charges
NEW YORK — An Algerian was convicted yesterday for his role in a foiled plot to detonate a suitcase bomb at the Los Angeles airport just before the millennium celebrations.
Mokhtar Haouari, 32, could get up to 50 years in prison at his Oct. 17 sentencing for supplying fake IDs and cash to two cohorts in the plot.
The plot was foiled when mastermind Ahmed Ressam tried to cross the Canadian border in a car with a trunkful of explosives in December 1999.
Jury foreman Christopher Lofting said jurors saw Haouari and his cohorts as diabolical, but hapless. "If this is not 'the gang that couldn't shoot straight,' I don't know what is," he said.
The federal jury deliberated two days before finding Haouari guilty of the top count: conspiracy to supply material support to a terrorist act. He was also convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud, but was acquitted of another terrorism charge.

Navy exonerates captain from World War II
HONOLULU — The Navy exonerated a retired captain who was court-martialed for failing to steer a zigzag course to evade a Japanese submarine that sank the USS Indianapolis in World War II.
Capt. Charles Butler McVay III committed suicide 33 years ago, but his son, Kimo Wilder McVay, fought for years to clear his father's record. Mr. McVay died two weeks ago.
A directive from Navy Secretary Gordon England orders a document exonerating Capt. McVay to be placed in his file, Cmdr. Greg Smith, director of the Navy's media operations in Washington, said Thursday.

Senators contribute to Torricelli's defense
Once cautious even with moral support, Senate Democrats are rallying around Sen. Robert G. Torricelli of New Jersey with donations to help defray legal bills he has incurred as the subject of a federal investigation.
In the past two months, Mr. Torricelli's legal defense fund received donations from political committees affiliated with Sens. Tom Daschle of South Dakota ($10,000), Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York ($10,000), John B. Breaux of Louisiana ($2,000), Harry Reid of Nevada ($500) and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts ($500).

FBI-head nominee has prostate cancer
Robert S. Mueller III, the federal prosecutor chosen by President Bush to head the FBI, has localized, treatable prostate cancer, according to papers submitted to the Senate in support of his nomination.
Doctors said they expect Mr. Mueller to have a full recovery.
Mr. Mueller was evaluated at a cancer center at the University of California at San Francisco on April 17, according to a letter from Dr. Peter Carroll, head of the urology department.
Dr. Carroll said he did not believe that Mr. Mueller's diagnosis and treatment "will, in any way, impact on his ability to function and carry on his responsibilities normally."

Shuttle delivers air lock to station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station late last night, delivering a new $164 million passageway for spacewalkers.
The two craft linked up high above South America, ending a chase of nearly two days.
The station's residents, in orbit since March, were eager to greet their latest guests and kept tabs on the shuttle's slow, deliberate approach.
"Welcome to station," said space station astronaut Jim Voss.
The eight space travelers — five on Atlantis and three on space station Alpha — will work together to install the new air lock, beginning this weekend.

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