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Byrd apologizes for racial epithet

Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, apologized for his use of a racial epithet in an interview broadcast yesterday.

Asked about race relations, Mr. Byrd, 83, said in the "Fox News Sunday" interview taped Friday: "My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' … There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time."

Mr. Byrd's office later issued an apology that was read on Sunday's broadcast.

"I apologize for the characterization I used on this program," Mr. Byrd said in a statement. "The phrase dates back to my boyhood and has no place in today's society… . I had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone of another race."

New sneakers spark disturbance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Customers clamoring for new Air Jordan basketball shoes caused a near riot at a local mall, prompting a response from 60 sheriff's deputies dressed in riot gear who evacuated the mall.

No one was arrested in the incident, and police reported only minor injuries.

The disturbance broke out Saturday at Florin Mall, where a crowd of youths had been camped outside since 3 a.m. to buy Nike's limited-edition Air Jordan XI Retro sneakers.

When the mall opened its doors at 10 a.m., the crowd had swelled to about 200. But only 80 pairs of the sneakers were shipped to the mall, and some stores sold out in 10 minutes at $125 a pair.

The throng "went from happy to hostile very quickly," said a sheriff's department spokesman.

James A. Rhodes dies, was Ohio governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Gov. James A. Rhodes, 91, who made the decision to send National Guard troops to quell protests at Kent State University in 1970, died yesterday.

Mr. Rhodes, the state's only four-term governor, died from complications from an infection and heart failure, a hospital spokesman said.

Mr. Rhodes was credited with bringing many industries to Ohio, improving highways and education. But the Kent State shootings cast a shadow on his career.

On May 2, 1970, he sent the National Guard to Kent State, where anti-war protesters had burned the campus ROTC building. On May 4, four students died and nine were wounded when troops opened fire.

Prosecutor disputes Nazi angle in slayings

CONCORD, N.H. Investigators did not find neo-Nazi materials in the home of one of the teen-agers charged with killing two Dartmouth College professors, New Hampshire's top prosecutor said yesterday.

Robert Tulloch, 17, and James Parker, 16, are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 27 stabbing deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop in their home near the Dartmouth campus.

Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin said an ABC News report that investigators found literature on neo-Nazism in Mr. Tulloch's bedroom was false. "I have no idea what it was that they based their report on," he said.

Coast Guard seizes 8.8 tons of cocaine

SAN DIEGO U.S. authorities unloaded 8.8 tons of cocaine yesterday that they said was seized on a rusty fishing boat.

The Coast Guard said a Navy destroyer with a Coast Guard law enforcement unit on board seized the boat Feb. 24 about 250 miles west of Acapulco.

The seizure capped what the agency called one of its most productive weeks of anti-drug patrols. In six days, the Coast Guard from Miami to the Caribbean, and in the Pacific from Mexico to Washington state seized 28,845 pounds of cocaine.

Fugitive appears on fraud charges

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Former fugitive financier Martin Frankel appeared yesterday in federal court to face racketeering and fraud charges.

Mr. Frankel, accused of defrauding insurers in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee, fled the United States in May 1999. He was later arrested in Hamburg, Germany.

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