Cardinal: Polish agentsspied on John Paul II
ROME -- Priests working in the Vatican for Poland's secret services during the communist era spied extensively on Pope John Paul II, a Polish cardinal was quoted as saying Tuesday. Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the primate of Poland, was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying that John Paul was monitored by clergymen who collaborated with Poland's feared security forces keeping tabs on Poles' daily lives under the communists. John Paul was "spied on, and how," on orders from authorities in the Soviet Union, Cardinal Glemp said while attending an interfaith meeting in the central Italian town of Assisi. His comments were confirmed by the conference's organizers. "In the Vatican, there were spies," he said. "Moscow had every interest in knowing what was going on in Rome with a Polish pope." John Paul's staunch opposition to communism is credited with inspiring the rise in the 1980s of Poland's pro-democracy Solidarity movement, which helped end communist rule in 1989.
Cook charged with killingsat bed-and-breakfast
NEWRY, Maine -- A cook was charged Tuesday with shooting and dismembering the owner of a bed-and-breakfast and killing three other people in a grisly Labor Day weekend crime spree that shocked people across the Maine countryside. State Police Chief Col. Craig Poulin refused to discuss a motive for what he called the worst homicide case in Maine in 14 years. Christian Nielsen, 31, told detectives that his four-day rampage began with an Arkansas man Friday and continued two days later with the slaying of the owner of the Black Bear Bed & amp; Breakfast where he was staying in Newry, according to state police. The daughter of the inn's owner was then killed along with a female friend when they arrived there unexpectedly Monday, authorities said. The dismembered bodies of the three women were found Monday at the white 1830s farmhouse in Maine's ski country near the New Hampshire line, about 75 miles northwest of Portland. Nielsen then led detectives to the man's burned remains in the woods about 15 miles away.
U.S. strikes kill 50 to 60suspected Taliban fighters
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. artillery and airstrikes killed between 50 and 60 suspected Taliban militants Tuesday, and NATO's civilian chief warned that insurgency-wracked Afghanistan could again become a failed state if the international community loses the battle to stabilize it. The U.S. troops, operating under NATO command, clashed with the militants in Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, where an offensive began over the weekend to flush out hundreds of Taliban fighters. NATO has already reported more than 200 Taliban killed in the operation. Maj. Quentin Innis, a NATO spokesman, said the troops had identified Taliban positions and the two sides had exchanged fire. He said the estimate of 50 to 60 killed was based on reports from troops looking through "weapons sights and other observation devices."
Katherine Harris winsGOP nod for U.S. Senate
MIAMI-- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris overcame a campaign ridiculed even by her own party to claim the GOP nomination for the Senate on Tuesday, and Rep. Jim Davis held a narrow lead in the race for the Democratic nomination to succeed popular Gov. Jeb Bush. With 48 percent of the precincts reporting, Harris had 50 percent of the vote against three relative unknowns. Attorney Will McBride ran second at 30 percent, and retired Navy admiral LeRoy Collins had 15 percent. As Florida secretary of state six years ago, Harris oversaw the recount that gave George W. Bush the White House. She was expected to win the primary even though her campaign was widely ridiculed as spectacularly inept, even by her own party. Despite a handful of late openings at polling places, the primary appeared to be debacle-free, with no problems reported to rival the troubled elections in 2000 and 2002.
Bush to meet with leadersof Big Three automakers
LANSING, Mich. -- President Bush and leaders of the Big Three automakers plan to meet after the November election to discuss the state of the U.S. auto industry, the White House said Tuesday. The meeting between Bush and the heads of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG had been tentatively scheduled for May, but was postponed when Bush traveled to Arizona to discuss border security. Attempts to reschedule the White House meeting have been unsuccessful. "We've all agreed that it would be best to meet after the election," White House spokesman Alex Conant said. He said Bush was "committed to strengthening the competitiveness of American manufacturing. Our competitiveness and health care initiatives will create jobs in Detroit."