- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 2, 2001

Booster rocket passes test
Pentagon officials said yesterday they successfully tested a booster rocket that could be used for a planned missile-defense system.
The rocket, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1 p.m. local time Friday, flew 3,000 miles before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, spokesman Glenn Flood said.
It was the first test of the rocket, he said.
The next test of the proposed missile-defense system is scheduled for October, repeating the successful scenario tested July 14. The Pentagon also has budgeted for three more tests during fiscal year 2002, which begins Oct. 1.

Bob Hope still recovering
BURBANK, Calif. — Bob Hope continues a rapid recovery from pneumonia and is expected to return home tomorrow, his publicist said.
The 98-year-old entertainer remains weak after an illness that began a week ago, when he reported having trouble breathing at his Toluca Lake home. He had no fever and was not placed on life-support machinery.

Internet replacing library homework
For most U.S. teen-agers, "homework" is finally living up to its name. Thanks to the Internet, research projects and other school assignments are being completed at home, online, replacing last-minute trips to the library, according to a study released yesterday.
Seventy-one percent of middle school and high school students with Internet access said they relied most on the electronic technology to complete a project, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
That response compares to 24 percent who said they relied most on libraries, according to the survey.

Americans tops in work hours
U.S. workers put in more hours on the job last year than the labor force of any other industrial nation, outpacing employees in Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, a study by the International Labor Organization, a U.N. agency, has determined.
The average American worked 1,978 hours in 2000, compared with 1,942 hours in 1990, said Jeff Johnson, the economist who headed the study. That tally adds almost another 40-hour work week.
"The increase in the number of hours worked within the United States runs counter to the trend in other industrialized nations, where we see declining annual hours worked," Mr. Johnson said.
Japan held the title for the most hours worked until the mid-1990s, when the United States surged ahead. Now, Americans work almost a month more than the Japanese and almost three months more than Germans.

Federal probe clears abortion clinic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An abortion clinic did not break any laws by marketing fetal tissue, federal authorities have concluded.
Independent contractors at a clinic in suburban Overland Park, Kan., affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, did not illegally profit from fetal tissue, acting U.S. Attorney Jim Flory said after an FBI investigation.

Serial killer linked to slain woman
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — DNA evidence has linked a suspected serial killer to the death of an eighth woman slain in 1984, police said.
The tests linked Eddie Lee Mosley to the rape and killing of 29-year-old Loretta Young Brown, police investigators said Friday.
DNA tests previously linked Mr. Mosley to the deaths of five women, a teen-ager and a girl.
Mr. Mosley has not been charged with any of the killings because he has been involuntarily committed to psychiatric institutions since 1988, when he was found incompetent to stand trial in two of the murders.
Psychologists have said he is mentally retarded and mentally ill. He is to be re-examined this month.

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