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Nation in brief

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© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002


Calif. fire prompts evacuation

AGUA DULCE, Calif. -- A fast-moving wildfire threatened dozens of homes and power lines Saturday, prompting a voluntary evacuation, fire officials said.

The evacuation involved 200 homes in north Los Angeles County as fire crews battled the blaze in temperatures approaching 100 degrees, said Jerry Vandenberg, battalion chief for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Brian Jordan said crews were stationed near canyon homes to keep flames at bay. The fire was about a mile from dozens of homes near Agua Dulce.

The fire had scorched 250 acres and was about 25 percent contained by afternoon.

Agua Dulce is about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Gore's son is ticketed, accused of DUI

WASHINGTON -- The 19-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore has been ticketed for driving under the influence near a military base, a Gore family spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Albert Gore III, who attends Harvard University, was pulled over and ticketed by military police in the early hours of Sept. 5 just outside Fort Myer in suburban Virginia, but was not taken into custody.

He is to appear in federal court later, a Fort Myer spokesman told the Daily News of New York.

"The family is relieved that no one was hurt," said Gore family spokesman Jano Cabrera. "Beyond that they are dealing with the situation privately as a family."

Pilot killed in crash at Nevada air races

RENO, Nev. -- A former fighter pilot was killed at the Reno National Championship Air Races when his sport class racer fell apart and plunged 100 feet into sagebrush.

Tommy Rose, a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard, crashed Friday across from the grandstands at Reno Stead airport.

The plane was going 300 mph when it apparently got caught in wake turbulence, which caused the nose to bob and tail to fall off, said Reno Air Racing Association president Mike Houghton.

Protester surrenders to former Green candidate

MINNEAPOLIS -- A wanted antiwar protester drove 1,500 miles to an American Indian reservation in northwestern Minnesota to turn himself in to former vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke.

Niklan Jones-Lezama of Blacksburg, Va., had been ordered to report to the federal prison in Beckley, W.Va., on Tuesday for a six-month prison term for participating in a protest at Fort Benning, Ga.

Instead, Jones-Lezama, 38, drove to the White Earth Indian Reservation. He turned himself in to LaDuke, an American Indian activist who was Ralph Nader's running mate on the Green Party ticket in 2000.

LaDuke, who has no legal authority to accept surrenders, drove Jones-Lezama to Minneapolis on Thursday so he could surrender to authorities.

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