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Former playmate loses will case

HOUSTON Former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith said she was no gold digger, but a Texas jury disagreed yesterday when it found her late 90-year-old husband never promised her half his billion-dollar fortune.

The jury ruled that younger son Pierce Marshall was the sole heir to oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II's fortune and that, in effect, neither Miss Smith nor his older brother, Howard Marshall III had a claim to it.

The decision was requested by Pierce Marshall, and his attorneys said they would use it to appeal a separate decision by U.S. bankruptcy judge in California awarded her $475 million from the $1.6 billion estate.

Advisory panel doubts vaccine efficacy

A U.S. advisory panel yesterday narrowly voted that GlaxoSmithKline PLC had not proved the effectiveness of a children's vaccine developed to prevent five diseases.
By a 6-5 vote, with one abstention, the panel said company studies failed to show the vaccine could prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and polio.
The Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, was not planning to vote on whether the vaccine was safe because there were "outstanding manufacturing issues that need to be addressed," panel Chairman Robert Daum said.
The FDA has the final say, but the agency usually follows the advice of its advisory panels.

Judge says twins' mom should not get custody

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The judge who voided the adoption of twin girls caught up in an international custody battle said yesterday he does not believe the birth mother should regain custody of the babies.
Pulaski County Probate Judge Mackie Pierce on Tuesday nullified the adoption of the 8-month-old girls by Judith and Alan Kilshaw of Britain on grounds it was obtained fraudulently. The Kilshaws promised a quick appeal.
The judge told the Associated Press that birth mother Tranda Wecker lied to win his approval of the adoption last year.
"The last thing I want to see is those children go back to Tranda Wecker," Judge Pierce said.

Marine Corps chief backs Osprey aircraft

The top Marine Corps general reaffirmed his support yesterday for the V-22 Osprey aircraft, which some in the Pentagon believe is in danger of cancellation by the Bush administration.

Gen. James L. Jones, the Marine Corps commandant, also denied a New York Times report that he had ordered a search for alternatives to the Osprey, which uses tilt-rotor technology to take off and land like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.

"Until proven otherwise, the V-22 remains the program of choice," Gen. Jones said in a written statement.

Millionaire buys Aryan Nations property

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho An Internet millionaire has paid $250,000 for the Aryan Nations' former compound in Idaho and plans to make it an educational center on human rights issues.

Greg Carr, founder and former chairman of the Internet service Prodigy, bought the 20-acre compound near Hayden Lake from a mother and son who were awarded it after winning a lawsuit against the separatist group.

"The days of the Aryan Nations using this facility as a national headquarters for promoting religious- and race-based hatred and violence are over," Mr. Carr said in a statement yesterday issued by the Carr Foundation.

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