- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Defense rests in Yates trial
HOUSTON The defense finished presenting its case yesterday in the capital murder trial of Andrea Yates, the Houston mother accused of drowning her five children in the family bathtub last summer.
Closing statements in the trial, now in its fourth week, are to begin today; the jury could get the case by midday.
Mrs. Yates, 37, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

FBI will open office in China
As part of an agreement reached during President Bush's visit to Beijing last month, the FBI plans to open a field office in China to coordinate crime-fighting efforts in that country.
Thomas Fuentes, who heads the bureau's organized crime section, told the American Bar Association's standing committee on law and national security that one or two agents will staff the office as early as next month. The FBI has 44 overseas offices with about 150 agents, known as legal attaches.
"We've been very close to having this office open over there," Mr. Fuentes said, and the key areas of concern will be organized crime, human trafficking, fraud and counterterrorism along with security concerns related to the 2008 Olympics planned for China.

CBS '9/11' show earns big ratings
NEW YORK The CBS telecast of "9/11," a documentary account of the World Trade Center attacks from the perspective of firefighters on the scene, drew nearly 39 million viewers, making it the most watched non-sports program this season, early ratings showed yesterday.
A full third of all households whose TV sets were turned on during the two-hour broadcast Sunday night tuned in to the special, which aired on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks, according to Nielsen Media Research.

White House proposes fish settlement
The Bush administration is seeking to end temporarily habitat protections for 19 populations of salmon and steelhead in four Western states. The move could open the areas to greater development.
In a proposed settlement entered in federal court yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service said it will eliminate and then revise the protections to settle lawsuits filed by the Association of California Water Agencies, National Association of Home Builders and 16 other groups of developers and local governments.

White House releases Bush's Europe itinerary
President Bush will travel to Germany, Russia and France this spring, his third visit to Europe since taking office.
Mr. Bush will go to Berlin on May 22-23 and to Moscow on May 23-25. He and first lady Laura Bush will visit St. Petersburg the home city of Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 25-26, the White House announced yesterday. He will go on to France to meet President Jacques Chirac on May 26, and will spend Memorial Day, May 27, in Normandy.
The president is making this journey to advocate his anti-terror campaign and encourage efforts "to build a Europe whole, free and at peace," the White House said in a statement.

Woman tosses baby from burning building
LANCASTER, Pa. A woman tossed a 9-month-old boy from a third-floor window of a burning apartment building and the boy was caught by neighbors and passers-by holding a blanket.
Jennifer Lopez, 18, tossed her nephew, Victor Castaner, from the window Sunday afternoon, while other residents escaped by jumping from second-floor windows. Still more were rescued by firefighters.
Victor was listed in fair condition, while Miss Lopez and her twin, Erica Lopez, the boy's mother, were treated for smoke inhalation and released. Six other persons were hurt, none seriously. A firefighter sustained ligament damage.


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