- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 9, 2001

Hurricane Erin forms in Atlantic
MIAMI — Hurricane Erin formed in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, becoming the first hurricane of the 2001 Atlantic season.
The government of Bermuda issued a hurricane warning for the island, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Japan offers apology for war atrocities
SAN FRANCISCO — Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka offered an apology here yesterday but no compensation to victims of Japanese wartime atrocities.
Mr. Tanaka, attending celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan treaty that ended World War II, said Japan had wrought "tremendous damage and suffering" during the war which left "incurable scars on many people."
"Facing these facts of history in a spirit of humility, I reaffirm today our feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology expressed in Prime Minister Murayama's statement of 1995."

Two states say they will reopen Microsoft case
NEW YORK — The chief prosecutors of the states of California and New York said in a joint statement yesterday they would push for stricter sanctions against Microsoft if the software giant continues to suppress competition.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Justice in the proceedings that are about to begin before the trial court, but will, if necessary to protect the public, press for remedies that go beyond those requested by the Department of Justice," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said.

Medellin drug boss arrives in Florida
MIAMI — His peaceful bid to avoid extradition ended, Colombian drug kingpin Fabio Ochoa was delivered to the United States yesterday to face charges that he belonged to a gang that smuggled in 30 tons of cocaine a month.
Mr. Ochoa, a former top leader of the notorious Medellin cartel, is the highest-profile Colombian sent to face charges in the United States since Colombia revived extraditions in 1997.
"It sends a message that everybody's held accountable," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Joe Kilmer said yesterday.

Police get name of Ramsey case 'witness'
BOULDER, Colo. — Police have obtained the name of a person who purportedly admitted on an Internet bulletin board that he witnessed the 1996 murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
"It would be our fondest wish" if the lead helped police solve the murder of the 6-year-old girl, Boulder Police Department spokeswoman Jana Petersen said.
Miss Petersen said the person who posted the message on a Web site devoted to JonBenet may have wanted to get off his chest the fact that he witnessed the crime and never told police.

Florida boy, 13, convicted of rape
TAMPA, Fla. — A jury here convicted a 13-year-old boy as an adult of raping a 44-year-old woman, local media reported yesterday.
Tavaris Knight, who was 12 at the time of the attack Nov. 1, could receive life in prison at his sentencing Oct. 8. He was convicted late Friday.

Former Air Force One makes final flight
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A former Air Force One made its final flight yesterday after decades of service carrying seven U.S. presidents over a million miles.
After a dramatic flyby 1,000 feet over the tarmac, the Boeing 707 touched down just after 11 a.m. at San Bernardino International Airport.
"She is a proud bird with a brilliant history," Air Force Secretary James G. Roche told a crowd of about 1,000 people that included former first lady Nancy Reagan.


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