- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

Cheney given health approval
Vice President Richard B. Cheney received a clean bill of health yesterday after a routine cardiovascular exam, the White House said.
Spokeswoman Mary Matalin said Mr. Cheney's doctor, Jonathan Reiner, reported that the vice president's high-tech pacemaker "continues to function flawlessly and has not detected nor treated any arrhythmia."
The device, implanted in Mr. Cheney's chest in June 2001, is designed to monitor his heart and adjust its rhythm, if necessary.
Mrs. Matalin said that after the exam, Mr. Cheney returned to his normal workday outside the White House. Mr. Cheney has been staying at a secure, undisclosed location since President Bush put the nation on high alert earlier this week.

2 FBI agents beaten by railroad bandits
EL PASO, Texas About a dozen railroad bandits ambushed two FBI agents during a sting, kicking them and beating them with rocks, authorities said.
The agents were hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries and were in induced comas yesterday, agent-in-charge Hardrick Crawford Jr. said.
Other agents arrested 16 persons after the attack Thursday in the Sunland Park-Anapra area of New Mexico, just across the Texas line and yards from the Mexican border.

Congressman seeks to deport family
DENVER A congressman is seeking deportation of a Mexican family after he read an article about how one son couldn't afford college because federal law bans financial aid for illegal immigrants.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, said he contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Service and asked that Jesus Apodaca, 18, and any other undocumented relatives be deported.
Mike Comfort, director of the Denver INS office, confirmed the agency had been contacted by Mr. Tancredo but would not comment on how it will respond.
Mr. Apodaca, the son of a ranch hand, was featured in an Aug. 11 Denver Post story about the federal law. In the story, Mr. Apodaca said he and his family had been in the country illegally for five years. He graduated last spring.

State Department says GOP link a mistake
The State Department said yesterday that an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, mistakenly linked its Web site for visitors to the Republican National Committee Web site.
The GOP site provided advice about how to get involved with the party and make a donation.
The link, which apparently had been operating for at least a week, was removed Thursday after a reporter inquired about it.
Yesterday, a department official said the link has been replaced with one to the White House's Spanish language Web site.
Federal laws bar government resources from being used for partisan political purposes.
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said party officials had no idea that a government agency's Web site had a link to the party's site.

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