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Elizabeth Dole registers to vote in N. Carolina



Published: Sat, August 25, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Elizabeth Dole registersto vote in N. Carolina

SALISBURY, N.C.-- Elizabeth Dole inched closer to a U.S. Senate campaign Friday, registering to vote in Rowan County and declaring herself a resident of North Carolina.

Shortly after Labor Day, she'll announce whether she'll run for the seat now held by five-term incumbent Jesse Helms.

Dole, 65, turned in her registration form at the Rowan County administrative building Friday morning, signing her name in the same florid script she used at Boyden High and listing as her residence her childhood home on South Fulton Street.

Later, standing outside the stately Tudor, Dole said she'll move in with her 100-year-old mother, Mary Hanford. Her husband, former Sen. Bob Dole, will split time between Washington and North Carolina.

By registering, Dole -- a Washington fixture for more than three decades -- will declare Salisbury her legal residence. North Carolina law defines that as the place somebody makes "a permanent place of abode" and to which a person always "has the intention of returning."

Passenger jet makesemergency landing

LAJES, Azores Islands -- A Canadian jetliner carrying 291 passengers glided for several minutes to an emergency landing without power Friday, bursting tires when it hit the runway and injuring 10 people, officials said.

The Air Transat Airbus A330 was flying from Toronto to Lisbon when it was forced to land at the airport in Lajes on Terciera in the Azores Islands, 900 miles off the coast of Portugal. A spokesman for Montreal-based Air Transat said both engines were shut down when the plane landed.

Paulo Lagarto, a spokesman for Air Navigation of Portugal, said the crew called in saying the plane was 65 miles from Lajes with fuel left for only two minutes and might have to set down in the sea, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

He said it glided for several minutes before reaching the runway.

"When the plane landed, both engines were shut down," said the airline spokesman, Michel Lemay. He would not comment on what forced the emergency landing, saying it was "too early to say if it's an engine problem or a fuel problem or another problem."

Mammoth jackpot fuelsdreams of great wealth

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Clogging roads and convenience stores across the country, thousands of wannabe millionaires snapped up tickets Friday for a Powerball jackpot expected to reach $300 million by tonight's drawing.

Southern Connecticut communities were swamped by residents of New York, which doesn't participate in the multistate lottery. One group rode bicycles more than 35 miles from New York City's Central Park to Stamford.

"I have six kids I have to take care of," said Dexter Waiters, 43. "That will buy a lot of everything. Maybe I can even quit my job."

The bicyclists said they bought about $5 worth of tickets each after the two-hour drive.

In contrast, workers at a factory in Tennessee chipped in $24,000 to buy tickets in a quick-riches gambit that stunned the owner of the store where they bought the tickets. It took an hour for the lottery terminal to spit out the $1 tickets.

"We see a lot of big plays, but that was an exaggerated play," said Arun Mahtani, owner of Lucky Lotto in Franklin, Ky., near the Tennessee line.

General's warning

WASHINGTON -- By bowing to Puerto Rico's demand that the Navy abandon its training range on Vieques, the Bush administration may have stoked protests against U.S. military bases elsewhere, the commandant of the Marine Corps said Friday.

"I do worry about the effect of being forced to leave Vieques, not only on our domestic training ranges but on international access," Gen. James Jones said in an interview with a group of Pentagon reporters.

Jones said he was particularly worried about the Marines' future on the Japanese island of Okinawa, where pressure has been growing for several years to evict the U.S. military from its largest overseas base.

"This is a small world now," Jones said. "People on Okinawa watch what happens on Vieques, and they will draw conclusions from that."

The Bush administration announced in June that the Navy would leave Vieques by May 2003. It has asked Congress to drop its requirement for a Puerto Rican referendum in November.




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