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Amy Van Dyfcen,
their gold medal
and a new world
record at the
on Saturday in
Athletes set new goals, records for Olympics
American Olympians are Brandi Chastainlater scored a Munz and Lindsay Benko, she After five days of competition, ending the Cubans’21-game
• .. .. , , . goal to help boost the U.S. established an Olympic record of the Americans topped the medal Olympic winning streak.
aneaO in tne race lOr medalS, women’s soccer team into the 7 minutes, 57.80 seconds. tables with 23 (10 gold, 7 silver, 6 The next stop for the U.S.
with nnHprthpir hpltc sem^nnals, while the American The 21-year-old Hyman bronze). Host Australia was sec- women’s soccer team: the
wiui lj UIIUCI Ulcll Uclli. baseball team used a two-out, shocked defending champion ond with 22 (7-8-7), while China Olympic semifinals.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS eighth-inning home run to defeat Susie O'Neill of Australia to win had 17 (6-4-7). The Americans took step No. 1
• South Korea 4-0. the 200 butterfly. Hyman shocked On the baseball diamond, toward defending their 1996 gold
SYDNEY, Australia-A game- For Thompson, the 800-meter herself, too; upon seeing her Doug Mientkiewicz’s eighth- medal by defeating Nigeria 3-1 to
winning grand slam homer. A dra- freestyle relay victory catapulted Olympic record time, she repeat- inning grand slam gave the United finish first in their half of the draw,
made, record-setting upset at the her into ratified Olympic compa- edly said, “Oh my God! Oh my States a 4-0 victory over South World Cup heroine Brandi
pool. A soccer star revisiting her ny. With seven golds, she now has God!” Korea, the fourth straight victory Chastain opened the U.S. scoring,
World Cup heroics. more than any woman swimmer, Pieter van den Hoogenband of for the Americans. with Kristine Lilly and Shannon
Some of the U.S. Olympians snapping a tie with Germany’s the Netherlands won gold in the Mientkiewicz snapped a MacMillan adding the other goals,
werent just winning Wednesday, KristinOtto. 100 freestyle in 48.30 seconds. scoreless tie for manager Tom On Sunday, the women will face
they were doing it in style. Thompson, 27, who also has a American Gary Hall Jr. took the Lasorda's team by driving a two- Brazil in one game, while Norway
Longshot Misty Hyman and silver in her career, tied Czech bronze. out pitch deep over the wall in and Germany will battle in the
relay team anchor Jenny Republic gymnast Vera Caslavaska Van den Hoogenband became rightfield. other semifinal.
Thompson captured gold medals for the second-most Olympic the first man to sweep the 100 and The American victory came China, the other finalist in the
in record times for the American golds by a woman. With team- 200 freestyles since American on the heels of the Netherlands’ 1999 World Cup, was eliminated
swimmers to start the heroics. mates Samantha Arsenault, Diana Mark Spitz in 1972. stunning 4-2 victory over Cuba, by a surprising 2-1 loss to Norway.
French journalists escape
TrlE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine
government on Wednesday portrayed the
escape of two French journalists as vindica
tion of its decision to use force against
Muslim rebels holding hostages in the jun
The attack by thousands of elite troops
on the Abu Sayyaf rebels had been strongly
criticized by French President Jacques
Chirac, who said it could endanger the 19
The two television journalists, who had
been taken captive July 9, headed home
Wednesday. They credited their nighttime
escape to the army assault on the guerrillas.
Philippine President Joseph Estrada
beamed as he presented the journalists at a
news conference in Manila as a vindication
of his decision to use force.
“As you can see for yourself, these two
gentlemen are in good shape," Estrada said.
The journalists - Jean-Jacques Le Garrec
and Roland Madura of France-2 television -
were the first hostages recovered from Jolo, a
remote southern island, since Estrada
ordered the military assault Saturday.
The two men escaped Tuesday evening
as the guerrillas fled the attack.
“We took the opportunity of the military
pressure,” Le Garrec said.
He said he two bolted as he rebels were
crossing a road. After hiding overnight in he
jungle, they flagged down a military truck at
dawn and were taken to an army camp.
Philippine officials had said initially hat
“As you can see for yourself,
these two men are in good
the military rescued the two hostages after a
clash with the rebels.
“It’s been 21/2 long months for us, but
we feel very good,” Le Garrec said. “Of
course we are very happy today and we are
in good shape, as you may judge, for people
who have not been sleeping for some
The separatist group Abu Sayyaf have
kidnapped scores of people since March.
Estrada’s decision to attack the rebels last
weekend has been widely supported by
Estrada said Wednesday he would order
a halt to the assault if the other hostages are
Estrada also said an American hostage,
Jeffrey Schilling, had been spotted and that
troops hoped to rescue him.
The rebels also are holding three
Malaysians, a Filipino kidnapped in April
and 12 Filipino Christian evangelists.
Schilling, of Oakland, Calif., converted
to Islam in 1994 and visited an Abu Sayyaf
camp with his wife on Aug. 28. He was
reportedly abducted because of an argu
ment over religion with the rebels.
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Cuban survivor questioned
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEY WEST, Fla. - The FBI interviewed
the hospitalized survivor of a Cuban plane
crash, and the Coast Guard said Wednesday
it plans to transfer the eight others rescued
from the Gulf of Mexico onto a U.S. ship.
Authorities were trying to figure out
whether Tuesday’s crash, which killed one of
the 10 Cubans on the plane, came at the end
of a hijacking or whether the group left Cuba
to flee the communist country.
The distinction could help determine
whether they qualify for asylum in the
The U.S. has returned some skyjackers
to Cuba for prosecution and has prosecuted
some in this country.
The most seriously injured, Rodolfo
Fuentes, 36, was in a Key West hospital,
making him eligible for possible asylum,
U.S. immigration officials said.
Fuentes was questioned Wednesday,
FBI agent A1 Alonso said.
“At this point, it doesn’t appear to be a
hijacking, but until we interview them we
can’t be sure,” said Judy Orihuela, an FBI
spokeswoman in Miami.
Doctors said Wednesday, Fuentes’ prog
nosis was good.
“He has a concussion, a big cut on the
back of his head and a sore neck,” said Dr.
David Bannon. “He's really doing quite well
considering the drama he suffered.”
The eight other survivors, including
three children, remained aboard the
Panamanian freighter Chios Dream, whose
captain rescued them Tuesday. *■*
The seas were too rough to transfer
them to the Coast Guard cutter Courageous,
but another attempt would be made
Wednesday evening, Petty Officer Danielle
U.S. law lets Cubans apply for residency
if they reach U.S. soil.
Ordinarily, those captured at sea are
returned to Cuba, but authorities said it was
too early to say what would be done with the
Once the survivors were transferred to
the cutter, they will be interviewed by the
Immigration and Naturalization Services
and the FBI, federal officials said.
“If they pass the ‘credible fear’ test they
will be taken to Guantanamo Bay,” said
Maria Cardona, an INS spokeswoman in
Washington. “If they do not, they will be
repatriated to Cuba.”
To pass that test, Cardona said, migrants
must demonstrate a fear of persecution if
returned to their home country, “based on
nationality, race, religion, political opinion
or membership in a particular social group.”
When asked about the Fuentes’ status,
Cardona noted he was now on U.S. soil.
“Essentially if a person makes it to U.S.
soil and they are eligible, and they want to
stay, then they would be eligible to apply for
residency,” she said.
Cuban officials said the pilot reported to
the control tower the government-owned
plane was being hijacked and that it was
headed to Florida with a group of adults and
Whitewater investigation ends
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Four months before
President Clinton leaves the White House,
prosecutors brought the six-year
Whitewater investigation to an end, con
cluding there is “insufficient” evidence
that the president or the first lady commit
ted a crime.
Robert Ray's six-page statement dissi
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pated a cloud that bedeviled the Clintons
since the 1992 election campaign and that
made Clinton the most investigated presi
dent since Richard M. Nixon, who resigned
rather than confront impeachment.
“I'm just glad that this is finally over,”
Hillary Clinton said.
The president ignored a question
Ray has one major piece of unfinished
business - a decision whether to indict the
president after he leaves office for his con
duct in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Ray said his office investigated at least
seven separate criminal allegations involv
ing the president or his wife in Whitewater.
“This office determined that the evi
dence was insufficient to prove to a jury
beyond a reasonable doubt that either
President Clinton or Hillary Clinton know
ingly participated in any criminal con
duct,” Ray said.
The Associated Press
University brochure photo
altered to show diversity
MADISON- Seeking an image
of diversity, the University of
Wisconsin at Madison says it doc
tored a photo on a brochure cover
by inserting a black student in a
crowd of white football fans.
“We did it in this one instance,
and it really was an error in judg
ment,” university publications
director A1 Friedman said
The university’s undergradu
ate admissions director, Rob
Seltzer, said his office spent the
summer looking for pictures that
would show the school had a
diverse enrollment, but had no
luck. As of fall 1999, less than 10
percent of the school’s more than
40,000 students were non-white,
and only 2.15 percent were black.
The staff settled on a 1993
photo of white Badger fans at a
football game. Friedman said his
office altered the photo to add an
image taken in 1994 of senior
The university won’t disci
pline those involved because they
admitted their mistake and apol
ogized to Shabazz, said Patrick
Strickler, a university spokesman.
■ Washington, D.C
Imports hit record level
as world oil prices rise
The U.S. trade deficit climbed
to an all-time high of $31.9 billion
in July as rising world oil prices
pushed imports to a record level.
The Commerce Department
said Wednesday that America's
deficit with China soared to the
highest level ever recorded with a
single country. The United States
also set new records in its deficits
with Japan, Western Europe and
The July deficit was up 6.9 per
cent from a revised $29.8 billion
June trade gap. So far this year,
America’s trade deficit is running
at an annual rate of $353.7 billion,
far above last year's record of $265
billion, as trade remains the one
blot on an otherwise sterling eco
The Clinton administration
said that nearly half of this year's
deterioration in the trade balance
has come from a surge in world oil
prices but pointed to hopeful
signs of a rebound in U.S. export
sales over the first seven months
of this year.
Iraqi citizens detained
after trying to cross boarder
SAN DIEGO - American
authorities detained 25 Iraqi citi
zens Wednesday after they tried to
walk across the Mexican border
and into the United States.
The 21 adults and four chil
dren arrived at the San Ysidro Port
of Entry, which links San Diego
and Tijuana, Mexico, in three
groups without visas to enter the
country, said Lauren Mack, a
spokeswoman for the
Immigration and Naturalization
All were being held at the bor
der crossing while the INS await
ed translators to determine
whether the Iraqis are seeking
asylum, Mack said.
“They are very well, very calm,
very quiet,” she said.
Both the INS and the U.S.
Customs Service called out extra
agents after receiving reports that
more Iraqis were in Tijuana and
planning to come to the border.
■ Washington, D.C.
U.S. warns of repercussions
if Milosevic claims win
Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic will lose Sunday’s presi
dential election but declare victo
ry anyway, a senior State
Department official predicted
James O’Brien, special presi
dential adviser on the Balkans,
said the United States would
“make it clear to Milosevic that he
does not have a free hand” if he
declares himself the winner of a
He warned not to underesti
mate U.S. “willingness to stand up
for the stability of the region.”
O’Brien stopped short of
threatening military action, but
did not detail what the U.S.
response would be.
Joint U.S. military exercises
with Croatia beginning Monday
have nothing to do with the elec
tion, he said.
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