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Brazil discovers gold strike
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—Brazil has announced the discovery of
its richest gold strike ever—a mine in the eastern Amazon containing
at least 150 tons of the precious metal.
The state mining company Vale, do Rio Doce discovered the under
ground mine in Curionopolis, 1,860 miles northeast of Rio in the jungle
state of Para, Mining and Energy Minister Raimundo Brito said Thurs
He estimated the mine holds $1.6 billion in gold.
The reserve is expected to boost Brazil’s annual gold output by 25
percent when mining begins in three years, Brito said.
Brazil ranks sixth among the world’s largest gold producers behind
South Africa, Russia, the United States, Canada and Australia.
Pet Iguana blamed for baby’s death
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A 3-week-old boy died of salmonella
poisoning that was probably contracted from the family’s pet iguana, and
health officials Thursday warned that other reptile owners could be at
“I do not know why (pet stores) sell these things,” said Diane Jones,
Fulton County health nurse. “The least they could do is inform people
To prevent salmonella contamination, the Centers of Disease Control
and Prevention recommends washing your hands after handling the
reptile and keeping reptiles away from areas where food is prepared.
Sport gives Johnson healthy outlook
LOS ANGELES—Magic Johnson pumped new life into basketball
when he returned to the court this week after 4 1/2 years. AIDS experts
say basketball may return the favor, helping the HIV-infected athlete
stay healthy longer.
The benefits, doctors say, are both physical and psychological: The
workouts will help his body, and the purple-and-gold Lakers jersey is
certain to help his mind.
Exercise helps preserve lean muscle mass — important in HIV
infected people, who gradually accumulate fat and water and lose lean
muscle as the disease progresses, said Dr. Gary Cohan, a specialist with
Pacific Oaks Medical Group in Beverly Hills, the nation’s largest AIDS
Massive airport not In phone book
DENVER—Through a series of unforeseen events, the only Denver
International Airport listed in the Denver-area white pages is not the $5
million facility but a small “airport” for model airplanes built by a
Commerce City man.
Four years ago, Commerce City asbestos-removal contractor John
Palombo registered the trade name “Denver International Airport,”
turned a Field at his nearby farm into a model plane and helicopter
airport, and got a phone number for the facility.
“About 99.9 percent of my calls are for big DLA,” Palombo said.
Lee Marable, DIA chief attorney, said the city was working to have
the calls transfered to the new Denver airport.
“Somebody blew it, and we’ve got to fix it, if only as a public service,”
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Train hauling chemicals
jumps tracks; two die
CAJON SUMMIT, Calif.—A train
hauling hazardous chemicals jumped
the tracks on a steep hill Thursday and
exploded in flames, killing two crew
members, injuring20 others and spew
ing toxic smoke into the sky.
“I felt a boom... We had an earth
quake yesterday, and I thought it was
another earthquake aftershock,” said
Ron Beth, who was jolted awake in his
motel room a few hundred feet away.
“I look out and see this big gray
colored column of smoke.”
Most of the injured were police
officers and transportation officials
who complained of chest pains, short
ness of breath and skin rashes. They
were taken to several hospitals.
Two of the three crew members
were killed, but the engineer escaped
with lacerations and an injured back
after Patrick Davis, who lives nearby,
pulled him through the window of an
“I couldn’t see anybody else and
one engine was on fire and the other
engine blew up,” Davis said.
All four of the train’s locomotives
and 46 of its 49 cars left the tracks
shortly after 4 a.m., said Mike Martin,
a spokesman for Burlington North
em-Santa Fe Corp. Five tank cars con
tained hazardous chemicals, he said.
The fire was still burning intensely
at midday. Flames were shooting 30
feet into the air and thick gray-black
plumes of smoke billowed into the air.
“It’s really ripping, really burn
ing,” said Bill Peters, California De
partment of Forestry spokesman.
“We’re not fighting it as of yet be
cause of all the chemicals.”
The site, in the Cajon Pass, is a
sparsely populated area about 15 miles
north of San Bernardino. A hotel, a
restaurant and a gas station were evacu
ated along with a few homes. Nearby
Interstate 15, the main artery between
Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was shut
down in both directions.
The cause of the crash was uncer
“Ifelt a boom ...We had
yesterday, and I thought
it was another
earthquake aftershock. ”
Guest at nearby motel
Emergency crews identified the
hazardous materials on the train as
trimethyl phosphite, methyl ethyl ke
tone, butyl acrylite, denatured alcohol
and petroleum distillates.
All are highly flammable and their
fumes can bum skin or irritate eyes,
noses and throats if inhaled, Peters
“They’re not real deadly, but they
are real uncomfortable,” he said.
aire Steve Forbes hinted Thursday he
might continue to finance his own
campaign with unlimited spending if
he wins the GOP nomination. Already,
by largely paying his own way in the
primary race, Forbes is avoiding the
state-by-state spending caps that con
strain most of his GOP foes.
By law, the Republican and Demo
cratic nominees are guaranteed $60
million each from the taxpayers for
the general election campaign if they
agree to forgo fund-raising and spend
no more than that amount.
But Forbes indicated Thursday that
if President Clinton would agree to
give up federal financing, he would
too. Even if Clinton balks, Forbes left
open the possibility he might unilater
ally pass up federal financing.
“I’m going to make a challenge to
the Democrats, when I win, not to take
taxpayer’s money,” Forbes said in a
statement to The Associated Press.
No major-party candidate has given
up federal financing for the general
election since the current system was
set up in 1974.
Runningas an independent in 1992,
Ross Perot bankrolled his campaign
with more than $60 million of his own
money. Clinton and Bush abided by
the spending limits and accepted fed
If Forbes went outside the current
campaign financing system, he could
accept up to $1,000 from each donor,
and augment that with unlimited
amounts from his own fortune—esti
mated at $440 million.
Clinton, already indebted with per
sonal legal bills from Whitewater, has
no personal wealth to tap. His cam
paign immediately scoffed at Forbes’
i ne president mimes we nave a lot
further to go, and wants ... to move
away from the current system, not
back to the days when donors making
large individual contributions had a
disproportionate impact on the pro
cess,” Lewis added.
“ Steve Forbes seems intent on buy
ing the election, and according to the
FEC law, there’s nothing to prevent
him from doing it,” said Dan McLagan,
a spokesman for Lamar Alexander.
“But the depth of one’s thoughts and
one’s ideas are more important than
the depth of one’s wallet.”
U.N. official will
Herzegovina—A U.N. investiga
tor surveyed human bones—some
with flesh and clothing still on
them — in a muddy field where
thousands of people may be bur
ied, and prepared Thursday to su
pervise the excavation of another
The dig—which would be the
first one supervised by the United
Nations — could stir desire for
revenge and complicate moves
toward reconciliation after nearly
four years of war.
And it could prove politically
problematic as investigators pro
vide more ghastly evidence for an
international war crimes tribunal.
But unearthing corpses could
also answer the burning questions
of relatives over the fates of tens
of thousands of people missing in
Meanwhile Thursday, two U.S.
soldiers were wounded by a land
mine in Hadizici, 10 miles south
east of the American base in Tuzla.
One suffered a shrapnel wound to
the leg and the other was injured in
the right foot, the military said.
They were taken to a U.S. mili
tary hospital, where they were
listed in stable condition. Their
names were not immediately re
Investigator Manfred Nowak
visited a ghoulish field near the
town of Glogova in eastern Bosnia,
where Muslim authorities fear
thousands of missing residents of
Srebrenica, an enclave overrun by
Serb rebels last July, may be bur
“We will dig out the
mass graves with our
bare hands, and
carry our beloved in
bags back home. ”
Shouted by one of 2,000
protesters in Tuzla
Bones protruded from the snow
and mud. One human leg still wore
what appeared to be pajamas. A
few boots and scraps of clothing lav
On Thursday, more than 2,000
women gathered outside local gov
ernment offices in Tuzla, demand
ing to see President Alija
Izetbegovic and threateninga march
down the “road of death,” 40 miles
southeast to Srebrenica through
“We will dig out the mass graves
with our bare hands, and carry our
beloved in bags back home,” one of
the demonstrators shouted through
The first excavation will begin
Friday, when Nowak will travel to
the area around Jajce in northwest
ern Bosnia, where three graves con
taining 46 bodies were recently
He said the victims apparently
ranged in age from 11 to 70 and
were mostly Croats and Muslims. It
was unclear when the killings took
place, but Serbs took the area in
October 1992. Bosnian Croats re
gained it last September.
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