- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2001

Prosecutors allow release of records

LEBANON, N.H. Prosecutors cleared the way yesterday for the release of court records that could provide more information about the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors. The documents are expected to be released today.

Authorities have released few details about the killings of Half and Susanne Zantop, and have fought media attempts to get judges to release information about the teens charged in the deaths, their possible motives and other evidence.

Robert Tulloch, 17, and James Parker, 16, both of Chelsea, Vt., are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 27 stabbings.

Defendant calls bombing a 'blunder'

NEW YORK A suspect in the deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya told the FBI that it was a "big mistake" because the bomb was improperly placed in a truck, killing too many civilians, an FBI agent testified yesterday.

The agent, John Anticev, told a jury in federal court in Manhattan that Mohamed Sadeek Odeh said during an interrogation that he did not know about the Aug. 7, 1998, blast in Nairobi before it happened.

The agent said Mr. Odeh told him the bomb vehicle should have been backed into the embassy rather than striking it head-on so the blast would not have been directed toward other buildings and scores of civilians.

Prosecutors charge Mr. Odeh, 35, and his co-defendants followed reputed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden's orders to bomb that embassy and the one in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the same day as part of a holy war against Americans. The explosions killed 224 persons, including 12 Americans.

Corps' river study is flawed, panel says

A scientific panel says it has found flaws throughout an Army Corps of Engineers study of whether $1 billion should be spent on a huge river-construction project.

The National Academy of Sciences report, issued yesterday, is the latest in a string of major studies to criticize the corps' process of deciding whether the cost of lengthening barge locks on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers would be justified by the economic rewards.

Study finds green tea doesn't prevent cancer

Japanese researchers are throwing cold water on one of the much-touted benefits of green tea.

Their study in today's New England Journal of Medicine suggests that drinking green tea does not prevent stomach cancer, as many believe.

Green tea, a common beverage in Asia, burst onto the U.S. market in the past few years, its sales driven by reports of its purported health benefits, including cancer prevention and lowering cholesterol.

Prosecutor says Combs violated a gag order

NEW YORK A prosecutor complained yesterday that Sean "Puffy" Combs violated a gag order by issuing a statement saying he would testify in his own defense on weapons charges and that ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez would not testify.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos asked state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon to hold Mr. Combs in contempt of court for violating a gag order barring both sides from talking to the press. He asked that Mr. Combs be sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Congresswoman loses fingertip in mishap

MIAMI Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen cut off her fingertip when she slammed her hand in a door at home and then suffered a black eye and battered chin when she saw the blood and passed out, an aide said yesterday.

Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen, 47, a Miami Republican, was rushing to get her 13-year-old daughter ready for school Monday when she closed the child's bedroom door on a finger on her right hand, the aide said.

"It really hurt, I saw there was a little blood," Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen told the Miami Herald. "I just saw my finger was cut off. Such a frightening sight, it made me pass out. I just went boom."

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