- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 12, 2002

FBI investigates tip on plot to kill Jeb Bush

MIAMI Florida authorities were tipped off on a possible assassination attempt with a truck bomb against Gov. Jeb Bush, the president’s brother, officials here said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Florida law enforcement agencies are reportedly investigating four South Florida suspects with possible Middle Eastern connections.

Authorities were tipped off by a jailed informant who said the suspects were trying to hire someone to drive a truck full of explosives to Tallahassee, Florida’s capital, to kill Jeb Bush.

Terror victims’ families sue airlines, security firms

The families of six passengers who were aboard airplanes that crashed on September 11 sued the airlines and airport-security companies yesterday, claiming they failed to adequately protect passengers from the hijackers.

The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claim wrongful death, request a trial by jury and seek unspecified damages.

The lawsuits name American and United airlines; Huntleigh USA Corp., which provides security at Boston’s Logan International Airport; and Argenbright Security Inc., which operates at Washington Dulles International Airport and Newark Airport.

Trade Center-area dwellers cite post-trauma illness

NEW YORK Nearly 40 percent of the people living near the World Trade Center site have had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder including emotional numbness, depression and sleep loss since the September 11 attacks, according to a new study.

Interviews with more than 400 residents of the neighborhood near the collapsed towers also indicated that about half had physical ailments, such as nose, throat and eye irritation.

The ailments, most likely short-term effects that are expected to dissipate, were linked to the fires that burned for weeks at the site.

Texas governor hopefuls to debate in Spanish

WASHINGTON Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dan Morales and Tony Sanchez will debate in Spanish, believed to be a first-of-its kind event for a major political race.

Spanish-language networks have carried state and municipal debates before, but the Morales-Sanchez encounter apparently will be the first time candidates for a major office will take and respond to questions in Spanish, said Larry Gonzalez of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Richardson: Ethnicity not a factor in Lee probe

WASHINGTON Ethnicity was not a factor in his firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee or the decision to investigate Lee for suspected possible security breaches, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said in a recent deposition.

Lee was already the sole target of the investigation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico home to some of the nation’s most sensitive nuclear programs, by the time Mr. Richardson came to the Energy Department.

JDL members indicted in mosque-bombing plot

LOS ANGELES Two members of the Jewish Defense League have been indicted on charges related to a suspected plot to blow up a mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman.

JDL Chairman Irving Rubin, 56, and member Earl Krugel, 59, have been indicted on nine federal charges.

If convicted of planning to blow up the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, the office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council here and a field office of Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, the two could face life in jail.

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