- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 13, 2006

Rescuers pick up 40 from burning ship

GRAND ISLE, La. — A research vessel off the coast of Louisiana continued to burn yesterday, a day after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 40 persons from the ship.

Two men suffered minor injuries fighting the fire, which started in the engine room and were transported by helicopter to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero. The names of the men were not available.

The rest of the crew was taken from the 175-foot Odyssey Voyager, located 10 miles off the coast, to Fourchon.

The Coast Guard planned to investigate the cause of the blaze. It was not known what type of research the crew was conducting.

9 of 11 missing Egyptians in custody

Nine of 11 Egyptian exchange students who recently entered the United States and failed to appear in their college program were in custody yesterday after three were arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, officials said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tracked the three students from New York to San Francisco to Des Moines. They were arrested late Friday without incident on administrative immigration violations.

None of the students is considered a terrorism risk. Immigration officials said the last two Egyptian students are still being sought.

Unabomber items to be sold online

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge has ordered personal items seized in 1996 from the Montana cabin of Theodore Kaczynski, nicknamed the Unabomber by the FBI, to be sold online.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled Thursday that items belonging to Kaczynski — including books, tools, clothing and two checkbooks — should be sold at a “reasonably advertised Internet auction.”

The auction will not include 100 items the government considers to be bomb-making materials, such as writings that contain diagrams and “recipes” for bombs.

The U.S. Marshals Service will contract the sale with an Internet auctioneer, who will bear the cost and receive no more than 10 percent of the proceeds.

The remaining revenue from the sale will be applied to the $15 million in restitution that Judge Burrell ordered Kaczynski to pay his victims.

Kaczynski, 64, is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for a bombing spree that lasted from 1978 to 1995. The blasts from homemade bombs killed three persons and injured 23.

Bush foe Sheehan hospitalized

WACO, Texas — Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan spent the night in a hospital for a gynecological procedure and treatment of dehydration, but said yesterday that the medical treatment wouldn’t stop her protest on land she bought near President Bush’s Crawford ranch.

Mrs. Sheehan was listed in stable condition at Providence Health Center in Waco, about 20 miles east of Crawford.

She said she could be released later in the day, but probably would miss an afternoon barbecue at Camp Casey, the protesters’ campsite named for her soldier son, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

The anti-war demonstration is to continue through Sept. 3, although Mr. Bush’s 10-day ranch vacation ends today.

Serial shootings suspects indicted

PHOENIX — Two men accused of randomly shooting 16 persons in a string of late-night attacks this summer were indicted Friday on 46 felony charges, including murder and attempted murder.

Samuel Dieteman, 30, and Dale Hausner, 33, face two counts each of first-degree murder in the May 2 shooting of Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz and the July 30 shooting of Robin Blasnek.

They also are charged with 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 14 counts of aggravated assault and 16 counts of drive-by shooting.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 21.

Weather vane sells for $1.2 million

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A copper weather vane that sat atop the Woonsocket train depot for nearly a century was sold at a New Hampshire auction for $1.2 million. It is thought to be a record price for an American weather vane.

The sculpture, in the shape of a locomotive, is 5 feet long and 17 inches high and topped the train depot from 1882 to 1971.

An unidentified bidder paid more than $1.2 million for the weather vane at an Aug. 5 auction in Manchester, N.H., according to a report yesterday in the Providence (R.I.) Journal.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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