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Patriot downs target in Army missile test
The Army National Guard shot down a drone aircraft with a Patriot PAC-2 missile over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday in a successful test of the military's battlefield-defense system, the Pentagon said.
The PAC-2, an upgraded version of the Patriots used to defend against Iraqi Scud missiles in the 1991 Gulf war, intercepted a jet-propelled MQM-107 drone over the test range in northwest Florida.

Archdiocese will report abuse to prosecutors
NEW YORK In a departure from earlier policy, the Archdiocese of New York said yesterday it will report sexual-abuse accusations directly to prosecutors, without first conducting an internal review.
Metropolitan-area prosecutors were notified of the new policy Tuesday. Under a previous policy that went into effect in April, complaints brought to the church were to be reviewed by a panel of church officials and lay members, who would then decide which charges to report to authorities.

Car crashes into N.J. McDonald's
MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J. A speeding car crashed through a 24-hour McDonald's near Philadelphia and burst into flames, killing three employees inside early yesterday morning, police said.
A Cadillac driven by 52-year-old Frank Nastasi crossed a highway, jumped a curb and careened into the fast-food restaurant at about 4:20 a.m., police said.

Income-tax bills draw protesters
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Hundreds of demonstrators honked horns and waved signs at the Tennessee Capitol yesterday to protest plans to impose a state income tax.
Noisy motorists circled Legislative Plaza, spurred by a local radio talk-show host who was broadcasting live from outside the complex.
The protesters show up whenever talk of an income tax surfaces in the legislature. House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh was considering yesterday whether to call for a vote on his own plan and reportedly was close to having enough votes to pass it. Mr. Naifeh's plan would create a 4.5 percent flat income tax while stripping the 6 percent sales tax from groceries, many clothing items and nonprescription drugs.

O'Connor urges focus on international law
American judges, including those on the highest court, must no longer ignore international issues, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said yesterday.
The September 11 attacks drove home the importance of looking outside the country's borders, Justice O'Connor said.
"No institution of government can now afford to ignore the rest of the world," she told a meeting of the American Law Institute, a group of judges and lawyers.

Groups want overhaul of election commission
The Federal Election Commission has "no bark, no bite" and should be overhauled to more effectively enforce the nation's campaign-finance laws, watchdog groups said yesterday.
The groups, including Common Cause and Democracy 21, propose that a single administrator rather than the current commission of three Democrats and three Republicans enforce federal campaign-finance laws.

Lindh claims right of free association
American Taliban John Walker Lindh had a constitutional right to associate with al Qaeda, his lawyers argued yesterday in seeking dismissal of most counts in his indictment.
Eight of 10 counts amount to guilt by association because there's no proof that Lindh intended to further illegal aims of the two organizations, the written motion said.
Lindh's defense team has filed a series of pleadings this week that, together, seek dismissal of the entire case against the former Taliban infantryman.
"Central to First Amendment freedoms is the right to associate with unpopular and disfavored groups," said the written motion.

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