- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 28, 2004

Police officer shot, but kills attacker

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — An Oregon State Police officer who was shot in the chest in a state park but not seriously injured fired back and killed his attacker, who was wanted by the FBI in connection with a string of bank robberies in Nevada.

Officer Nick Neville was wearing body armor at the time of the shooting late Friday in Valley of the Rogue State Park. He was hospitalized in stable condition yesterday, according to state police.

Officer Neville was on a routine patrol of the park when a man stopped him to ask for directions, police officials said. The trooper asked the man for identification, at which point the man pulled out a .38 revolver and fired. The trooper shot back and killed him.

The fugitive was wanted in connection with bank robberies earlier this month in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.

Flight canceled on psychic’s say-so

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A self-described psychic’s tip that a bomb might be on a plane prompted a search with bomb-sniffing dogs that turned up nothing suspicious, but forced the cancellation of the flight.

American Airlines Flight 1304 at Southwest Florida International Airport was canceled Friday because some crew members had exceeded their work hours by the time the search was finished, officials said.

The purported psychic’s call was “unusual,” conceded Doug Perkins, local administrator for the federal Transportation Security Administration. None of the 128 passengers had boarded for the flight to Dallas when the search was ordered, Mr. Perkins said.

TSA officials wouldn’t say who the call came from or who received it.

Judge blocks abortion-records bid

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has blocked the Justice Department from obtaining the medical records of women who underwent a type of late-term abortion at a hospital here.

Judge Charles R. Weiner ruled Friday in favor of Hahnemann University Hospital, which argued that releasing the records would violate the women’s privacy. He did not immediately release a written opinion.

Government lawyers want the records for possible use in lawsuits challenging the federal law banning a procedure opponents have termed “partial-birth” abortion and what doctors call “intact dilation and extraction.”

The government argues the records are central to determining whether challengers’ claims that the procedure is medically necessary are true.

Doctors perform surgeries on triplets

LOS ANGELES — A set of 5-year-old identical triplets underwent back-to-back surgeries to repair holes in their hearts. Guadalupe, Reyna and Yocelyn Betancourt were discharged Friday, one day after they underwent surgery at Mattel Children’s Hospital at the University of California at Los Angeles.

One by one, each sister had the hole that pierced the wall of her heart closed by an innovative device that eliminated the need for open-heart surgery. The defect is found in about one in 1,000 children at birth. Doctors said it was rare that three siblings should require the surgery.

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