Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Afghanistan map rushed into print
Millions of Americans eager to follow developments in Afghanistan will soon have available an up-to-date map of that country, rushed into print by the National Geographic Society.
The new map was produced in five weeks, far shorter than the several months it normally takes to create the detailed maps for the magazine. The new Afghanistan maps are included in the December issue of National Geographic magazine.

Fugitive in court after 16 years
LOS ANGELES A man who eluded authorities for 16 years was back in a U.S. courtroom to face charges of illegally exporting nuclear weapon triggers to Israel.
Monday’s hearing was the first court appearance for Richard Kelly Smyth since he and his wife fled before his 1985 pretrial hearing. He was arrested in Spain in July and extradited to the United States on Friday.
During Monday’s hearing, Mr. Smyth, 72, told U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin he understood the charges against him. He was ordered to return to court for another hearing Nov. 26.

Bride, 67, dies on wedding day
READING, Pa. A 67-year-old bride collapsed and died of heart failure on her wedding day inside the church where she was to be married.
The processional had just begun Sunday, and Mary Beaumont was waiting to enter the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary when she collapsed in a hallway. Her fiance, Frederick Nordstrom, 71, was waiting at the altar.
“It was a very, very sad event, one of the saddest of any ministry experience I’ve ever had,” said the Rev. George H. Goodrich Jr., who was to have presided at the wedding.

Teen pleads guilty to killing mother
CLOVIS, N.M. A 16-year-old boy has admitted he beat his adoptive mother to death with a baseball bat while six young children watched.
Arnell VanDuyne faces up to life in prison after a judge accepted his guilty plea yesterday to first-degree murder in the death of Norma Young, 41.
Arnell told police he was angry at his mother because she told him to clean out his dresser and then checked and told him he wasn’t doing it right, District Attorney Randall Harris said.
Arnell said he tied Mrs. Young’s hands behind her back, tried to rape her and then beat her with the bat, Mr. Harris said.
Arnell was arrested the next day in Texas after a high-speed chase. He had fled in the Young family’s car and taken Mrs. Young’s credit cards.

Superintendent faces weapons charges
SPOKANE, Mo. A retired school superintendent is charged with unlawful use of a weapon after leaving two high-powered guns and another weapon in a high school storage room.
If convicted, Floyd Jarvis, 63, could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each of three counts against him.
Mr. Jarvis admitted he put the weapons including a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and an AK-47 with a bayonet in the storage room near his former office. He said he put them there three or four years ago because guns had been stolen in a rash of burglaries near his home.

Study: Irregular periods double diabetes risk
CHICAGO Women with infrequent or very irregular menstrual periods face double the risk of developing adult-onset diabetes, a new study suggests.
Such cycles are common in women with a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome, which previous research has linked to diabetes.
The study bolsters the link between the disorder and diabetes, said lead researcher Dr. Caren Solomon of Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Women who were the most overweight also were the most irregular and faced the highest diabetes risk

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