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New military court rules allow life without parole

Military courts could sentence some criminals to life without parole and forbid witnesses from talking to reporters under changes to the manual for courts-martial issued by the White House yesterday.

The changes also spell out for the first time rules for prosecuting military members for adultery. The rules say the adultery must either damage military order and discipline or hurt the military's reputation.

The new rules take effect May 15. As commander in chief, President Bush has the power to write regulations controlling military courts.

Bush's rules allow military courts to sentence defendants to life in prison either with or without parole for serious crimes such as murder, rape and kidnapping. Previously, the courts could sentence those criminals to a life sentence with no determination of whether parole would be allowed.

King told LBJ of race-war fear

AUSTIN, Texas Martin Luther King told President Johnson he feared a "full-scale race war" after the deadly 1965 Los Angeles riots in a tape-recorded conversation released yesterday by the LBJ Library and Museum.

The men discussed racial tension after the Watts riots, and Mr. Johnson complained about opposition in Congress to some of his anti-poverty initiatives. The president also implored King to publicly support him on Vietnam.

Rep. Kennedy settles with L.A. airport worker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has reached a settlement with the Los Angeles airport security guard who claimed he shoved her in a confrontation over an oversized piece of luggage.

Settlement terms were not disclosed.

Security guard Della Patton had filed a lawsuit last year seeking unspecified damages over the argument at Los Angeles International Airport two years ago.

Mr. Kennedy had been rushing to catch a plane, and Miss Patton tried to stop him from putting an oversized bag through an X-ray machine. A security videotape showed the congressman shoving Miss Patton backward, jostling a metal detector archway.

Police chiefs applaud choice of new FBI leader

The International Association of Chiefs of Police yesterday applauded the selection of Louis F. Quijas, chief of the High Point, N.C., Police Department, as the head of the FBI's Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.

"The FBI has made an outstanding decision in selecting Chief Quijas. He is an extremely capable and dedicated individual, who will prove to be a valuable asset to the FBI and to the state and local law enforcement community," said IACP President Bill Berger, chief of the North Miami Beach, Fla., Police Department.

The FBI's Office of Law Enforcement Coordination is designed to facilitate communication, coordination and information-sharing between the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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