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March 24, 2002

In Washington

Secretary of Army flew in military jet to Colo. house sale

Army Secretary Thomas E. White Jr. and his wife took a military jet to a Colorado ski resort where they wrapped up a $6.5 million house sale, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The stop in Colorado this month came during an official trip to Seattle, The Washington Post reported.

The Army Gulfstream jet carrying the Whites landed in Grand Junction, Colo., on March 1, Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Larry Gottardi told the newspaper. On March 4, White and his wife, Susan, signed papers related to the sale of their house in the nearby ski resort town of Aspen, Bill Sterling, the Whites' real estate agent, told the newspaper. The Whites bought the house in October 2000, while White was an executive at Enron Corp., for $7.7 million, the paper said.

In the Nation

Program to train scientists in fighting bioterrorism

INDIANAPOLIS - Eli Lilly and Co. will fund a government program to help scientists from other countries fight bioterrorism and the natural spread of infectious diseases.

Twenty-eight visiting scientists will train in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratories with U.S. researchers so they can better respond to outbreaks.

Overseeing the effort will be the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an arm of the federal agency that forges partnerships outside government. The CDC has a similar program for U.S. scientists. Lilly, an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical maker, is providing $2 million for the program over four years. It planned to announce the effort in Atlanta at today's opening of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Remains of 10 people found at trade center site

NEW YORK - The remains of 10 people, including two firefighters, were recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center yesterday. The discoveries followed the overnight removal of six other victims, four of them firefighters.

The latest remains were found in the tightly compacted rubble from the south tower, the last part of the site to be excavated.

The 110-story south tower was the second building hit Sept. 11, but it was the first to collapse. Those inside had less than hour to escape and no apparent warning that the towers might fall.

If Bush approves, Carter to visit Cuba this year

ATLANTA - President Jimmy Carter will visit Cuba this year, provided the Bush administration doesn't stand in his way, Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed yesterday.

The move would make Carter the first former American president to visit the island since Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Carter told CNN on Friday that the Bush administration probably wouldn't prevent the trip. "I expect to get their tacit approval, not their blessing," he said.

"He was issued a formal invitation by Fidel Castro, but he doesn't know yet when he's going," Kay Torrance, a spokesman for the Carter Center in Atlanta, said yesterday. "He doesn't have an agenda planned at this time. He's just looking forward to the visit."

N.M. grass fires burn 32 homes; residents flee

ALTO, N.M. - Wind-whipped grass fires pushed into residential areas yesterday, burning at least 32 homes and forcing residents to flee four subdivisions.

Three air tankers dropped retardant on the fires, but the winds were so intense that planes and helicopters were grounded in the evening, said Gwen Shaffer, a Forest Service spokeswoman. Gusts up to 60 mph were reported.

Three fires consumed at least 2,800 acres, including 1,000 acres in the Kokopelli fire, named after the subdivision where the homes burned, firefighters said. No injuries have been reported. Terri Wildermuth, spokeswoman for the state Forestry Division, said the Kokopelli fire was "human caused" but declined to elaborate. She said the cause of the other two fires had not been determined.

Ohio Air Force network thwarts hackers' attempts

FAIRBORN, Ohio - Hackers operating outside the United States tried unsuccessfully to enter the computer network at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, officials said.

There were 125,000 attempts made early Friday, said Lt. Gen. Richard Reynolds, commander of the Aeronautical Systems Center.

Public affairs director Lt. Col. Ed Worley called it "a concerted and directed attack, and one of the most orchestrated [the Air Force has] seen in about the last six months."

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