- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2002

Indictment obtained on terror defendant

Federal prosecutors yesterday obtained a superseding indictment against Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the September 11 attacks on America, to make minor changes in pending charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Moussaoui, whose court-appointed attorneys entered a not guilty plea in January for their client in an indictment handed up last year in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, will be arraigned again Tuesday.

The new indictment adds Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia as countries where al Qaeda operates, drops references to inquiries about crop dusting by both Moussaoui and hijacker Mohamed Atta and eliminates a reference to a computer disk Moussaoui was said to possess during his Aug. 16 arrest on immigration charges.

Moussaoui has been charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism abroad, hijack and destroy aircraft, use of weapons of mass destruction, murder U.S. employees and destroy property.


U.S. closes probe into Clinton actions

NEW YORK Federal prosecutors closed their investigation yesterday into whether former President Bill Clinton's grant of clemency to four convicted swindlers was political payback arranged by his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

U.S. Attorney James B. Comey said in a statement that his office had ended its investigation with no charges filed. He gave no reason.

The case involved four men convicted of bilking the government out of tens of millions of dollars. All four lived in New Square, a Hasidic Jewish village outside New York City that voted overwhelmingly for Mrs. Clinton during her Senate bid two years ago. Mr. Clinton shortened their sentences just before he left office.


Bush administration appeals net-porn ruling

The Bush administration renewed its legal fight against Internet pornography yesterday, asking the Supreme Court to permit Congress to pressure public libraries to block sexually explicit Web sites.

A three-judge panel in Philadelphia last month struck down the Children's Internet Protection Act, which would have taken effect next month. The law, signed by President Clinton in 2000, required libraries to install software filters on Internet computers or risk the loss of federal funds.


Teen pleads guilty in school shooting

EL CAJON, Calif. A teen-ager pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder for a shooting spree that left two students dead at a San Diego-area high school last year.

Charles "Andy" Williams, 16, entered the plea during what had been scheduled as a readiness hearing. Williams faces at least 50 years in prison.


FBI arrests scientists in espionage case

BOSTON The FBI said late Wednesday it had arrested two scientists, one Chinese and one Japanese, on suspicion of stealing trade secrets from Harvard Medical School and trying to market them through a Japanese company.

Jiangyu Zhu, 30, and Kayoko Kimbara, 32, were arrested Wednesday in San Diego, where they have lived since resigning from research jobs at the Harvard Medical School in January 2000.

The two scientists were working at Harvard's department of cell biology as postdoctoral research fellows. They are charged with stealing trade secrets to develop new drugs to control organ rejection.


AMA approves work-hour limits

CHICAGO The American Medical Association yesterday endorsed work-hour limits for medical residents amid concern about errors that could harm patients and about the doctors-in-training themselves.

Under the policy adopted, the association recommends that residents not normally work more than 80 hours per week or more than 24 hours at a time.

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