- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 23, 2001

CIA relaxes policy on shady recruits
The CIA has relaxed a policy on recruiting shady agents to allow on-the-spot hiring of people with information on terrorism, even if they are guilty of human rights violations, a U.S. official said yesterday.
"The guidelines have been modified in a way to speed the flow of information which might be useful in the fight against terrorism," the official told Reuters news agency on the condition of anonymity.
The CIA has come under fire from lawmakers who saw the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington as a huge intelligence failure and a sign the agency needed more spies with ties to extremist groups or knowledge of their activities.

Texas executes man convicted at 17
HUNTSVILLE, Texas Gerald Mitchell, 33, who committed murder when he was 17, was executed by injection yesterday.
Mitchell, 33, was put to death at a state prison in downtown Huntsville for the 1985 killing of Charles Marino, 20, during a drug deal that went awry.

Simpson testifies in 'road-rage' trial
MIAMI Former football star O.J. Simpson testified yesterday in his Florida "road-rage" trial, saying the motorist accusing him of losing his temper was the one who angrily confronted him, "puffed up like a bullfrog and went off."
The charges against Simpson stem from a Dec. 4, 2000, altercation between Simpson and Jeffrey Pattinson, who live near each other. Both blamed the other for the dispute.
Mr. Pattinson says Simpson ran a stop sign, forcing him to slam on his brakes. He testified that when he honked his horn, Simpson flew into a rage, reached into his car and grabbed Mr. Pattinson's glasses off his face.

New York swears in new firefighters
NEW YORK More than 300 new firefighters were sworn in yesterday as the New York Fire Department began filling the ranks that were devastated in the World Trade Center disaster.
The firefighters, all men, are in the city's first class of cadets since Sept. 11.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani spoke of the courage displayed at the Trade Center. More than 300 firefighters perished.

Group says estimates of U.S. Muslims high
NEW YORK The American Jewish Committee, concerned by the growing political influence of U.S. Muslims, released a report yesterday saying commonly used estimates of the Muslim population in this country are too high, likely by millions.
The study concludes that the best estimate of Muslims in the United States is 2.8 million at most, compared with the 6 million figure used by many researchers and Muslim organizations. Muslim leaders said the report was an attempt to undercut their influence.

Murkowski seeks gubernatorial nomination
JUNEAU, Alaska Republican Sen. Frank H. Murkowski said yesterday he would run for governor in 2002.
The 21-year veteran of the U.S. Senate widely seen as the top Republican candidate for the post made the announcement while speaking at a youth summit in Talkeetna, according to a statement.
Mr. Murkowski, 68, said attending the event convinced him "more than ever that the greatest contribution I can make at this time is to the youth of Alaska."
"I look forward to a good campaign focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our state," Mr. Murkowski said at the event.

Judgment, fatigue seen as crash causes
Crew judgment and performance, poor weather and pilot fatigue were key elements of a final government report on the 1999 crash of an American Airlines jet that killed 11 persons in Arkansas, sources said yesterday.
People familiar with the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the Little Rock crash said the board was ready to publicly review it today and vote on probable cause.

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