In Washington Arthritis drug's maker warns of danger to...

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October 23, 2001

In Washington

Arthritis drug's maker warns of danger to heart patients

Patients with congestive heart failure should not use the rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade, the drug's maker warned physicians.

In clinical trials, heart patients on Remicade got sicker than those patients who weren't using the drug, Centocor Inc. said. Seven of 101 heart patients treated with Remicade died, compared with none of 49 patients taking a placebo in the six-week trial, the company's statement said.

In the Nation

Two Sikhs attacked near Seattle; 1 suspect arrested

SEA TAC, Wash. -- Two Sikhs were attacked in the suburbs around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, apparently in the mistaken belief that they were Muslims, authorities said.

Karnail Kail Singh, owner of the SeaTac Crest Motor Inn, said his assailant threatened him at the motel two or three weeks ago. Friday, the man returned, shouted "You still here? Go to Allah!" and knocked him unconscious with two blows from a cane. He required nine stitches in his head.

A 60-year-old man was arrested nearby and jailed on suspicion of second-degree assault and could be charged with malicious harassment, a felony that carries tougher penalties, sheriff's deputies said.

The other victim, 23-year-old Rubinder Singh, was crossing the street about 8 p.m. Saturday when he was hit in the head from behind and knocked to the ground. He refused medical attention. "It's just because of my skin color that they hit me," he said.

Explosives likely stolen from military, agents say

PHILADELPHIA -- The plastic explosives found in an abandoned suitcase inside a city bus terminal last week was probably stolen from the military, federal agents said yesterday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was working to trace the explosives last night. Investigators have concluded that the one-third pound of C-4 and 1,000 feet of blasting cord were not sold commercially or stolen from a manufacturer.

"This batch was made some time ago, and it went to the military," ATF spokesman Darrell O'Connor said. "Hopefully, records are available that will tell us exactly where it went and how it was supposed to have been used."

The explosives were discovered Friday inside an abandoned suitcase at the Greyhound terminal.

Two sheriff's deputies die in helicopter crash

BARTOW, Fla. -- A county sheriff's helicopter crashed in a marsh yesterday, killing two deputies who had been assisting in the arrests of three burglary suspects.

The Bell OH-58 helicopter went down north of Bartow shortly after 1 a.m., but the wreckage was not spotted until about 3:30 a.m., said Michael Shanley of the Polk County Sheriff's Department.

Killed in the crash were the pilot, Brian Wilkinson, 33, and flight officer Larry Rhoden, also 33. The cause of the crash was being investigated. It was not immediately clear whether stormy weather that night was a factor.

Boy, 14, hangs himself in Halloween hayride stunt

SPARTA, Mich. -- A 14-year-old boy trying to make his role in a haunted hayride scarier accidentally hanged himself in front of a group of people who thought he was acting.

Near Caleb Rebh's post at the ride at Alpine Ridge Farms was a skeleton hanging by a noose hung on a tree. Caleb's mother, Kathy Rebh, said her son telephoned her Saturday night to say he felt awkward jumping out of the woods to scare passers-by.

He apparently spoke with other teen-age workers about taking the skeleton's place, his mother said. Caleb put the noose around his neck, and when he let go of the rope, the branch apparently whipped up and choked him, she said.

Two murder suspects escape from jail in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- Two men facing murder charges escaped from the Travis County jail after getting onto the roof of a medical building and going over a fence topped with barbed wire.

One of the fugitives was identified as Troy Lee Bailey, 31, who was being held on capital murder charges in the slaying of a wealthy 69-year-old Houston retiree in August. He had been captured in Travis County. The other was identified as Joshua Johannes, 23, who faces charges of murder and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friend of Gary Condit's to seek his House seat

MODESTO, Calif. -- A California lawmaker said yesterday that he is running for Rep. Gary A. Condit's seat in a public split between longtime friends and political allies.

Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza of Atwater is the second Democrat to challenge the embattled congressman, saying he would formally launch his campaign today.

As Condit's protege, Cardoza had long said he would not run unless his former boss retired. But with Condit enmeshed in the Chandra Levy scandal and little word about his future plans, Cardoza has decided to enter the race. "I don't think he can win," Cardoza said.

From wire reports

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