- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2002

U.S. builds up forces on Afghanistan border
U.S. commanders are building up their forces in a border area in eastern Afghanistan while relaying intelligence on al Qaeda and Taliban movements across the border in Pakistan to U.S. military personnel with Pakistani forces, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
A Pentagon spokesman said that "over the last week or so," a small number of U.S. military personnel have been embedded with Pakistani troops in the largely lawless tribal areas for the first time.
Marine Lt. Col. David Lapan said the U.S. troops were "mainly in communication and coordination." He said he was not aware they had taken part in any raids.

EPA backs banning snowmobiles in parks
The Environmental Protection Agency wants snowmobiles banned from Yellowstone and neighboring Grand Teton national parks because the agency says even small numbers could produce enough pollution to violate clean-air standards.
The EPA released a report yesterday that repeated an assertion the agency made three years ago: Banning snowmobiles is the "best available protection" for air quality, wildlife and the health of people who work at and visit the parks.
The National Park Service is considering whether to bar snowmobiles from the two Northwestern parks. A decision is expected in November.

Mahony hospitalized with blood clot
LOS ANGELES Cardinal Roger Mahony, who leads the nation's largest Catholic diocese, was in good condition yesterday after being hospitalized for treatment of a blood clot in his lung, church officials said.
Cardinal Mahony, 66, was admitted Sunday night to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, the archdiocese said in a statement. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several days.

September 11 probe loses its leader
The head of a joint congressional investigation into why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to detect the plot that led to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States has quit the investigation, U.S. government sources said yesterday.
Britt Snider, a retired CIA inspector general, was hired in February to conduct the review for the Senate and House intelligence committees. Some members of the panels objected, saying Mr. Snider was too closely tied to the agency to conduct an impartial review.
Mr. Snider resigned Friday, and his deputy, Rick Cinquegrana, will become acting head of the investigation, sources told Reuters news agency.

Blake sued in death by wife's children
LOS ANGELES The four children of actor Robert Blake's slain wife filed a wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday against the "Baretta" star and his bodyguard, who already face murder charges.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed on behalf of Bonny Lee Bakley's children by Blanchard Tual, who is administrating her estate, seeks unspecified damages.

Clinton library says fund raising going well
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The foundation raising money for Bill Clinton's presidential library had $20.8 million in assets at the end of 2001 and brought in about $9.9 million in donations last year, according to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
"Our fund-raising efforts are right on target," Skip Rutherford, president of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, said yesterday.
The foundation's goal is to raise $200 million for the library's construction and endowment.

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