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AP photographer released



Published: Wed, October 25, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



AP photographer released

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Associated Press photographer was freed unharmed Tuesday after a harrowing day in the hands of Palestinians who abducted him at gunpoint and dressed him in women's clothes to spirit him from one secret location to another. Emilio Morenatti was brought before midnight to the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by Fatah officials. It was not clear who kidnapped him, though officials said he was taken by criminals. The government and main Palestinian groups denounced the abduction.

FBI: Documents found inraid apparently classified

WASHINGTON -- A drug raid on a Los Alamos scientist's home in New Mexico turned up what appeared to be classified documents taken from the nuclear weapons lab, the FBI said Tuesday. Police discovered the documents at the scientist's home while making an arrest in a methamphetamine investigation, according to an FBI official in Washington who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case. The police alerted the FBI to the documents, prompting a federal search of the unidentified female scientist's home. The official would not describe the documents except to say that they appeared to contain classified material.

Niger government expels150,000 Arab refugees

NIAMEY, Niger -- The government of Niger on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of 150,000 Arab refugees from Chad and neighboring countries who have lived in this West African nation for decades. Interior Minister Mounkaila Modi told The Associated Press that the drastic decision was taken because many of the refugees are livestock herders whose camels are destroying arid Niger's fragile ecosystem, particularly water sources in short supply. Many of the Arabs are nomads known as "Mohamides" who fled past conflicts in Chad decades before.

House speaker testifiesin page scandal probe

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert urged ethics investigators to work quickly to unravel the congressional pages scandal Tuesday, testifying before them just after a GOP lawmaker whose recollections differ from his. The investigation is focusing on which House leaders were told about inappropriate e-mails sent by Rep. Mark Foley to former pages, when leaders were told and what was done in response. Hastert and some other Republicans have suggested revelations about the messages were timed to hurt the GOP in next month's elections. Tuesday's appearances by Hastert, R-Ill., and House GOP campaign chair Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., could signal that the four-member ethics committee is nearing the end of its testimony-taking phase.

Cart falls from flagpole,breaking worker's neck

PASADENA, Calif. -- A shopping cart that had been hoisted atop a supermarket flagpole by pranksters fell on a store employee and broke her neck. The cart fell Saturday as the woman untied the rope to raise the flag, as she did every day when she went to work, police Lt. Lisa Perrine said Tuesday. Shantie Marjal, 62, was hospitalized in serious condition. Police said she suffered a broken neck and serious head injuries but was not paralyzed. Police Chief Bernard Melekian urged the pranksters to come forward.

Associated Press




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