Volunteers find no traceof missing teen in Aruba
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- A volunteer group searching for a missing Alabama teenager dug through a landfill for a third day Sunday but found no clues, a spokesman for the group said. An Aruban man said he was at the landfill dropping off trash when he saw men dump and cover the body of a blonde female, two days after Natalee Holloway disappeared, according to Robert Cook, spokesman for the volunteer Texas EquuSearch, and the group's director, Tim Miller. Cook said the group would resume searching the site today. Police spokesman Edwin Comenencia said police searched the landfill after receiving the tip days after Holloway's disappearance, but found nothing. He said the witness recently approached Holloway's family, who asked for another search.
Senator: U.N. candidatelacks credibility
WASHINGTON -- Anticipating President Bush soon will appoint John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, a leading Democrat said Sunday that Bolton would go without the confidence of Congress. "He's damaged goods. This is a person who lacks credibility," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said Bush should think again before using a recess appointment to place Bolton at the United Nations while the Senate is on its traditional August break. "That's not what you want to send up, a person who doesn't have the confidence of the Congress and so many people who've urged that he not be sent up to do that job," said Dodd, D-Conn., on "Fox News Sunday."
hIf Palestinians attack,Israel would stop pullout
JERUSALEM -- A Jewish settler carries a child along the beach in the Jewish settlement of Shirat Hayam in the southern Gaza Strip. The first families to be uprooted from Gaza moved into temporary homes Sunday. It is less than three weeks before the settlement's dismantling. Israel is set to evacuate all 21 Gaza Strip settlements and four more in the West Bank in mid-August. However, Israel would suspend its Gaza withdrawal and launch a massive ground offensive if Palestinian militants attack Israeli soldiers and settlers during the pullout, the deputy defense minister said Sunday in outlining the military's plans for the first time. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said repeatedly that the pullout from Gaza cannot be carried out under Palestinian fire. He has made it clear Israel would stop the gunfire, not the pullout.
Sudanese official missing
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Ugandan and Sudanese forces were searching for John Garang, the southern rebel leader-turned-vice president who is seen as crucial to Sudan's fledgling peace deal, early today after his helicopter disappeared amid reports it crashed in bad weather in northern Uganda. Garang, who was sworn in as vice president just three weeks ago, left on a flight from Uganda for southern Sudan at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sudanese and Ugandan officials said. It was not known when the last contact with his craft took place. The 60-year-old Garang was in a Ugandan military helicopter that crash-landed in bad weather, likely on the Ugandan side of the border, Ugandan authorities said.
Atkins seeks bankruptcy
NEW YORK -- Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said. Atkins has been hurt by waning popularity of its namesake diet, which focuses on eliminating carbohydrates such as bread and pasta as a way to shed weight. A hearing on the prearranged, Chapter 11 filing was scheduled for today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, spokesman Richard Rothstein said. The privately held company, founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, said it had reached an agreement with the majority of its lenders to give them equity in exchange for lowered debt.