- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Small quakes shake region

TRONA | A magnitude-4.6 earthquake has shaken a remote area of the Mojave Desert in Southern California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The 1:21 p.m. Monday tremor southeast of the community of Trona is the latest of a number of small earthquakes that have occurred around Southern California over two days.

The USGS said the epicenter was 117 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Earlier Monday, a magnitude-3.6 quake occurred south of Anza in the vicinity of the Riverside-San Diego County line, about 30 miles southwest of Palm Springs.

On Sunday, a magnitude-4.3 quake and a smaller tremor occurred well offshore near San Nicolas Island.


Schools leader commits suicide

CHICAGO | Autopsy results show that the Chicago Board of Education president committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released Michael Scott’s autopsy results Monday. Police officers who rushed to the Chicago River early Monday in response to a report of a body being spotted found Mr. Scott dead.

Family members said they appreciate the outpouring of support and a memorial service will be announced soon.

Mr. Scott was a longtime Chicago leader. In August, Mr. Scott said he’d been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating allegations of politically influenced admissions to top schools.


11 indicted in mosque case

DETROIT | Eleven people have been indicted in the FBI’s investigation of a Detroit mosque leader who was fatally shot nearly three weeks ago.

Ten of the 11 are charged with conspiring to possess and sell stolen goods, from computers to furs.

They were first named in a criminal complaint in late October. The complaint also named mosque leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was described as having a violent, anti-government ideology. His allies deny he was a radical.

The FBI said Abdullah was killed after firing a gun and resisting arrest on Oct. 28.

The indictment against the 11 was filed last week in federal court in Detroit. There are no terrorism-related charges. Court documents said two men will ask a judge Tuesday to release them on bail.


Body of missing 5-year-old girl found

SANFORD | A missing 5-year-old whose mother was accused of offering her for sex was found dead off a heavily wooded road in a rural area Monday, ending a weeklong search, police said.

Searchers found Shaniya Davis’ body early Monday afternoon about 100 feet off a road southeast of Sanford, Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said. She declined to comment on a cause of death or the condition of Shaniya’s body.

Two people have been charged in her disappearance, one of them her mother, Antoinette Davis, 25. Police charged Miss Davis with human trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was offered for prostitution.


Woman in Smart case to plead guilty

SALT LAKE CITY | The woman charged in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and will plead guilty in the case, her attorney said Monday.

Wanda Eileen Barzee, 63, was indicted on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.

Attorney Scott Williams said she will plead guilty to both charges Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. A final agreement was reached Monday, he told the Associated Press.

Mrs. Barzee and her estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell, were both indicted in March 2008, six years after Miss Smart was taken from her Salt Lake City home at knifepoint. She was found nine months later walking with the couple on a suburban street.

Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said Monday she could not comment beyond what was contained in papers filed earlier in the day in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.


Microsoft co-founder treated for lymphoma

SEATTLE | Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In a memo sent to employees, Jody Patton, the CEO of Mr. Allen’s investment firm, said Mr. Allen, 56, received the diagnosis this month and has begun chemotherapy. Miss Patton said that doctors say Mr. Allen has a relatively common form of the disease, and that Mr. Allen survived Hodgkin’s disease in the 1980s.

Mr. Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. Since leaving the company he has become a prolific investor in real estate, technology companies and sports teams. He owns football’s Seattle Seahawks and basketball’s Portland Trail Blazers.

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