- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 6, 2002

Some 500 foreigners killed in WTC attack

NEW YORK Nearly 500 foreigners from countries all over the world were killed in the World Trade Center attack, accounting for one of every six victims, according to the most complete city tally yet.

The 494 foreigners came from 91 countries and accounted for more than 17 percent of those killed. Britain suffered the most deaths, with 67.

Accused priest kills himself

CLEVELAND A Roman Catholic priest shot himself to death in his car three days after being accused of molesting a girl two decades ago, authorities said yesterday.

The Rev. Don A. Rooney, 48, was found slumped over the wheel Thursday in a pharmacy parking lot in suburban Hinckley, with a gunshot wound to the head. Cuyahoga County coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj ruled the death a suicide.

Pentagon calls off exercise with Israel

The Pentagon has quietly called off a military exercise with Israel because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a U.S. defense official said yesterday.

Senior administration officials reviewed the exercise, which was scheduled to begin April 15, and "decided this wasn't a good time to do it," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Man who threatened flight crew sentenced

TAMPA, Fla. A passenger who threatened the crew of a flight from New York to Tampa in September was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison yesterday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa said.

Manuel Soto, 41, of New York, was arrested on a US Airways flight Sept. 7 after he made threatening statements and verbally assaulted the crew and flight attendants. He was subdued by off-duty law enforcement officers on the flight.

Bush raises questions about Mideast summit

CRAWFORD, Texas President Bush said the Mideast summit sponsored by former President Clinton resulted in a "significant intifada," or uprising.

"It wasn't all that long ago where a summit was called and nothing happened, and as a result, we had significant intifada in the area," Mr. Bush told Britain's ITV network in an interview taped for his weekend talks with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

During his last months in office, Mr. Clinton was engaged in pressing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to strike an accord, but his intensive diplomacy capped by the 2000 Israeli-Palestinian summit at the Camp David presidential retreat failed.

Aides said yesterday that Mr. Bush was not blaming Mr. Clinton, but rather Mr. Arafat for missing opportunities to make peace with Israel.

Without mentioning Mr. Clinton by name, Mr. Bush said in the British television interview that a U.S. president should not call a summit without a good prospect for success.

Woman sentenced to death for killing sons

VENTURA, Calif. A judge sentenced a 44-year-old woman yesterday to death for killing three of her four sons.

A jury convicted Socorro Caro in November of three counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Caro became angry after a fight with her husband and on Nov. 22, 1999, methodically shot sons Joey, 11; Michael, 8; and Christopher, 5, with a handgun, then wounded herself in the head.

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