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Police probe call on Bush daughters
AUSTIN, Texas — President Bushs 19-year-old twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, reportedly tried to buy alcohol, with one using someone elses identification card, police said yesterday.
Police said they were investigating a 911 call Tuesday evening from the manager of a restaurant who said minors were attempting to purchase alcohol.
Police said Jenna Bush reportedly tried to buy alcohol using someone elses ID, but Barbara Bush did not. Last month, Jenna Bush pleaded no contest to a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol in another incident.

Bishop resigns after ordination

LOS ANGELES — Southern Californias ranking Lutheran bishop announced he would resign a month before his term ends for participating in the churchs first ordination of a non-celibate lesbian.
Admitting "ecclesiastical disobedience," Bishop Paul W. Egertson said Tuesday he would step down July 31. Last month, he became the first active bishop in the 5.1-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to join in the ordination of an active homosexual.

Downey to avoid jail in latest drug charge

LOS ANGELES — Actor Robert Downey Jr. has reached an agreement with prosecutors and will avoid prison time in connection with his arrest last November at a posh Palm Springs, Calif., hotel.
"Our objective was to get Mr. Downey in rehabilitation rather than jail," the actors attorney, Daniel Brookman, said in a statement. "After six months of legal endeavors, we achieved our goal in obtaining a plan calling for rehabilitation rather than incarceration."
The lawyer spoke after People magazine reported yesterday that Riverside County prosecutors had agreed to accept a no contest plea at a July 16 hearing from the 36-year-old actor.

39 percent of adults have guns in homes

Some 39 percent of U.S. adults live in households where one or more guns are owned, according to a survey released yesterday.
The survey by Harris Interactive also found gun ownership is higher among Republicans (49 percent) than among Democrats (28 percent) or independents (41 percent).

Inept U.S. doctors not being identified

Health maintenance organizations and hospitals are undercutting a law aimed at protecting Americans from inept doctors by failing to report them to the U.S. government as required, federal officials said Tuesday.
A new report by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that 84 percent of HMOs from 1990 to 1999 failed to report even one physician to a government database on incompetent doctors.

Military on alert in Bahrain, official says

U.S. military forces in Bahrain have been put on their second-highest state of alert after threats of possible attack by anti-American guerrillas, a senior defense official said yesterday.
The official said American forces in the Persian Gulf emirate, headquarters of the U.S. 5th Fleet, were put on alert over the weekend after intelligence information was received about specific threats.

Immigrant smuggler could face death

PHOENIX — One of the survivors of a border-crossing attempt that left 14 illegal immigrants dead in the Arizona desert could face the death penalty on federal smuggling charges.
Jesus Lopez-Ramos, 20, is accused of being one of three smugglers who led about 30 would-be immigrants from the Mexican state of Sonora.
Mr. Lopez-Ramos has been charged with bringing in illegal aliens, conspiracy to bring in illegal aliens and harboring illegal aliens. When individuals die as a result of the smugglers action, the maximum penalty is death, federal officials said in announcing his arrest.


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