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Former official appeals dismissal of lawsuit

The former head of the diplomatic mission to Taiwan, who accused officials there in a lawsuit of misappropriating $5 million in government funds and selling U.S. visas in exchange for sex and cash, has appealed a judge's dismissal of the suit.
Attorneys for James C. Wood, who headed the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), filed the motion last week in the federal appeals court in the District, disputing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upholding a government motion that the AIT was a government "instrumentality" and could not sue itself.
The government had argued that the suit amounted to an action by the United States against itself, although attorney Bradley Weiss said in the appeal that under long-standing agreements with China, the United States was required to sever government-to-government relations with Taiwan.

White supremacist sentenced in L.A.

LOS ANGELES A man who shot up a Jewish center and killed a Filipino-born postal worker was sentenced to two life terms in federal prison yesterday after he apologized for his deeds, saying he hated no one.
Avowed white supremacist Buford Furrow, who pleaded guilty to the August 1999 gun rampage at the North Valley Jewish community Center and the murder of postal worker Joseph Ileto, was sentenced in federal court here after an emotional hearing in which family members of victims said he had ruined their lives.
Furrow shot five persons at the Jewish center in Los Angeles, including three children, before killing Mr. Ileto because of the color of his skin, according to a confession he made to police.
He offered no reason for his shooting spree but said he had had mental problems and wished he had never been released from a mental institution.

Body parts belong to Providence victims

FALL RIVER, Mass. Four men were arrested during a traffic stop with a bag containing the hands of two murder victims, police say.
Two of the men committed the slayings and the other two were helping them find a place to dispose of the body parts, prosecutor Bill Flynn said yesterday.
The victims were two men who were found dead Sunday night in a Providence, R.I., apartment. Their hands had been cut off, and one man was missing an ear, Mr. Flynn said. "It was just a gruesome, bloody scene," Mr. Flynn said.
Prosecutors did not disclose the motive for the slayings. A Providence police spokesman would not comment.

Suspect's knives have dead professor's blood

CONCORD, N.H. Knives found in the bedroom of one of the teen-agers accused of murder in the deaths of two Dartmouth College professors were stained with blood matching one of the victims, according to court documents released yesterday.

The two knives were found in a box in the bedroom of Robert Tulloch, 17, according to the prosecution documents.

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Mr. Tulloch and James Parker, 16, are accused of fatally stabbing Half and Susanne Zantop to death in their home Jan. 27. The papers say the blood was Mrs. Zantop's.

Bush nominates Leach as envoy to France

President Bush yesterday announced he would nominate business executive Howard Leach, a stalwart Republican donor, as U.S. ambassador to France.
The San Francisco banker "is a strong business and community leader who appreciates the importance of good transatlantic relations," Mr. Bush said in a statement.
Mr. Leach, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is the president of Foley Timber and Land Co. in Perry, Fla., and Leach Capital Corporation and Leach McMicking and Co. in San Francisco.

FBI charges student with making threat

PORTLAND, Ore. An 18-year-old high school student was arrested yesterday and charged with making a threat against a high school in New York through an Internet instant message.

Benjamin Ballard was charged with transmitting a threat via interstate commerce, which carries a potential sentence of five years in prison, FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.

Mr. Ballard made the threat to a student late Thursday, authorities said yesterday. It warned of "a lot of bodies" at Edgemont High School.

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