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Mother likely to plead insanity in child killings

HOUSTON — A Texas mother who confessed to drowning her five children in the bathtub likely will use an insanity defense against a capital murder charge that could bring the death penalty, a newspaper reported yesterday.

George Parnham, attorney for Andrea Yates, 36, told the Houston Chronicle he reached that conclusion after talking to psychiatrists treating her at the Harris County jail, where she is under an around-the-clock suicide watch.

U.S. forces remain on alert in Gulf

U.S. military forces in the Gulf remained on their highest state of alert yesterday as the United States maintained a vigil against threats believed to be linked to Saudi exile Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials said.

U.S. warships in Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. 5th Fleet, were ordered to sea late last week, a U.S. Marine Corps training exercise in Jordan was cut short, and Americans abroad were warned of an increased risk of attacks.

Airline, mechanics reach agreement

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines said yesterday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing about 15,000 of its mechanics and related workers.

The three-year proposal includes immediate pay raises of 8 percent to 22 percent, the airline and the Transport Workers Union said in a statement.

Heart disease study finds young at risk

CHICAGO — Younger men should be just as concerned about high blood pressure as middle-aged and older men because it puts them at significant risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes later in life, a study has found.

The findings suggest that prevention should begin in childhood, said Dr. Martha Daviglus, one of the study´s authors and a professor at the Northwestern University Medical School.

Ashcroft to meet law enforcement officers

MIAMI — Attorney General John Ashcroft was to meet with law enforcement officials, Cuban Americans and other immigrants during a four-day trip to Florida beginning yesterday.

Mr. Ashcroft was scheduled to address the annual gathering of the National Sheriffs´ Association in Fort Lauderdale.

The group was the first law enforcement organization to support the former Missouri senator for attorney general.

Lott sees promise in stem cell research

The Senate´s top Republican, Trent Lott, said yesterday that he sees "great potential" for research that uses stem cells from human embryos.

President Bush is weighing whether to allow federal funding for the research.

Mr. Lott said he told Mr. Bush that "this is an important issue that has potentially significant health benefits."

Winning ticket sold in record Lotto game

LOS ANGELES — One winning ticket was sold in California´s $141 million "SuperLotto Plus," the biggest single-state lottery jackpot in U.S. history, officials said yesterday.

The ticket was purchased in San Jose. The winner could opt to take the money in 26 annual payments or a lump sum of about $70 million.

Trial for fugitives to be expensive

DALLAS — The long process of prosecuting six escaped convicts accused of killing a police officer is expected to cost taxpayers $2.7 million — Dallas County´s highest price tag for a single homicide.

The first step is scheduled to begin today, when jury selection begins in the trial of ringleader George Rivas. His trial is set to start Aug. 13.

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