- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

Ex-Vietnam president Thieu dead at 78
BOSTON Former South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, who led his nation during its war against the communist invasion, has passed away. He was 78.
Mr. Thieu collapsed at his home in suburban Foxboro on Thursday, and died late Saturday at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, hospital spokesman Jerry Berger said yesterday.
Mr. Thieu assumed power in 1965 and presided over South Vietnam until the fall of its capital, Saigon, in 1975, to communist-led troops from North Vietnam. He then almost completely disappeared from public view and lived quietly in exile, first in London, and later in the Boston area.

Head-on wreck kills six persons
WAKEFIELD, N.H. A car and a van collided head-on and killed six persons, state police said yesterday. Three others were critically injured.
The car, a Lincoln, crossed the center line of the two-lane state Route 16 in a rural area and struck an oncoming van, said state police Sgt. Wayne Agan.
Two persons in the car and four in the van were killed in the collision late Saturday in east-central New Hampshire, near the Maine state line.

Guard charged with driving drunk
NEW YORK A car driven by an off-duty corrections officer, who was later accused of driving drunk, struck a disabled vehicle early yesterday and killed its driver, police said.
The incident comes less than two months after a city police officer, reportedly driving drunk, was charged in the deaths of four members of a family.
Yesterday, Officer Sean Duffy was charged with driving while intoxicated, said police Sgt. Marian Mussina. Other charges were pending.

Police holding twins in deputy's death
PENROSE, Colo. Police found a cache of weapons in the home of twin brothers who are suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy and critically wounding a police officer.
Joel and Michael Stovall, 24, were being held without bail yesterday and will be formally advised of murder charges today.
They were known to neighbors as loners who liked to wear camouflage clothing. They were captured late Saturday after an all-day pursuit.

Rodney King arrested again
POMONA, Calif. Rodney King, the black motorist whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers sparked riots in 1992, has been arrested for the second time in little more than a month.
King was arrested Saturday in Pomona, east of Los Angeles, and booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and for indecent exposure, Sgt. Gordon Jones of the Pomona police said yesterday.
Mr. Jones said his arrest came after police were called by visitors to a local park following a "disturbance." He was released yesterday morning on a $2,500 bail.
King also was arrested Aug. 28 in neighboring Claremont. He is due to appear in court tomorrow to be arraigned on a misdemeanor drug charge.

Minnesota unions recommend strike
ST. PAUL, Minn. State employees planned to strike this morning after failed contract talks prompted leaders of the state's two biggest employee unions to authorize walkouts.
Nearly 28,000 workers more than half of the state's work force could strike at 6 a.m. Only 17,000 prison guards are barred from walking off the job. It would be the first government work stoppage in Minnesota since it suffered a 22-day strike two decades ago.
Leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 6 unanimously agreed yesterday to recommend that its 19,000 workers strike. The 10,500-member Minnesota Association of Professional Employees also gave the go-ahead yesterday.
Mediation between the two unions and state negotiators broke off late Saturday.

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