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Published: Wed, February 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



hDeath threats cancelprofessor's discussion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Citing death threats, an upstate New York college on Tuesday canceled a panel discussion featuring a professor who compared the World Trade Center victims to Nazis. Hamilton College spokesman Michael DeBraggio said multiple death threats were made against both college officials and guest speaker Ward Churchill, who resigned Monday as chairman of the ethnic studies department at the University of Colorado. In an essay written in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Churchill said the World Trade Center victims were "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America. The essay attracted little attention until Churchill was invited to speak Thursday at Hamilton College, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y.

Viagra and other drugs to be covered by Medicare

WASHINGTON -- Sexual performance drugs such as Viagra will be covered in Medicare's new prescription drug program, a lifestyle rather than lifesaving benefit that conservatives and watchdog groups say the government shouldn't provide. Like those for maladies such as high blood pressure and heart disease, prescriptions for Viagra and similar drugs in its class will be tightly controlled. The new prescription coverage begins Jan. 1 and is expected to cost more than $500 billion over the next decade.

Teen charged in killing

NEW YORK -- A 19-year-old man was charged Tuesday with killing an aspiring actress when she challenged a group of muggers on a Manhattan street. Rudy Fleming was arraigned on charges of murder, robbery, attempted robbery and weapons possession, said Assistant District Attorney Robert Hettleman. Police said a 14-year-old girl who was part of the group also was arrested. Nicole duFresne, her fianc & eacute; and another couple were leaving a bar in a section of Manhattan's Lower East Side known for hip nightspots early Thursday when they were approached by four or five men, one of whom demanded money, police said.

Nepal emergency declared

KATMANDU, Nepal -- King Gyanendra dismissed Nepal's government Tuesday and declared a state of emergency, closing off his Himalayan nation from the rest of the world as telephone and Internet lines were cut, flights diverted and civil liberties severely curtailed. It was the second time in three years the king has taken control of the tiny South Asian constitutional monarchy, a throwback to the era of absolute power enjoyed by monarchs before King Birendra, Gyanendra's elder brother, introduced democracy in 1990. Britain, India and the United States were among those criticizing the decision.

hMeningitis shot in China

ANHUI, China -- A Chinese girl reacts as she receives an injection of meningitis vaccine at a hospital in Wuhu. China has issued emergency orders to stop a meningitis outbreak that has killed 16 people since Dec. 20 and sickened 258, state media said Tuesday, appealing for public calm. The chances of China's meningitis outbreak spreading to Hong Kong are slim, but officials will continue to screen travelers arriving from the mainland during next week's Lunar New Year holiday, the health department said Tuesday.

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