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Web searches detailed at spy trial

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Three FBI employees assigned to tail Brian Patrick Regan testified Monday that the spy suspect used a computer at the local public library to look up addresses for Iraqi and Libyan embassies overseas.

One of those following Regan in June 2001 -- two months before his arrest -- said he saw the retired Air Force master sergeant type in search terms for such sites as the Iraqi embassies in Switzerland, Germany and France.

Regan, 40, is charged with offering to sell classified information, including satellite photos of missile sites, to Iraq, Libya and China for $13-million.

New reward offered in Utah girl's disappearance

SALT LAKE CITY -- The parents of Elizabeth Smart announced a new reward Monday for information about their missing 14-year-old daughter and asked for help in their search for a handyman known only as "Emanuel."

The parents released a sketch of "Emanuel," a man they said worked around their home two years ago. The late Richard Ricci was also a handyman who worked for the Smarts.

Elizabeth's sister, Mary Katharine, came to her parents recently and said "Emanuel" bore some resemblance to the man who took Elizabeth from their room at gunpoint eight months ago.

Elizabeth's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, announced a new reward of $10,000 for anyone who comes forward with information that exonerates Ricci.

Diocese in abuse case told not to transfer assets

BEND, Ore. -- A judge on Monday barred the Roman Catholic Bishop for Eastern Oregon from transferring diocese assets to individual churches while facing nearly $70-million in claims for alleged sexual abuse by a priest.

David Slader, attorney for the 18 plaintiffs, argued that Bishop Robert Vasa's plan to distribute the assets was an attempt to avoid the claims.

The 18 men are plaintiffs in a $60.8-million lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker alleging the late Rev. David Hazen sexually abused them as boys in the 1950s and 1960s.

1,300 doctors protest malpractice premiums

NEPTUNE, N.J. -- More than 1,300 New Jersey doctors rallied Monday and others closed their offices early to protest rising medical malpractice insurance premiums and pressure state government for help.

Many hospitals reported twice the usual number of patients in their emergency departments, mostly with minor injuries, flu and fever. But no major disruptions were reported as the three-day slowdown began, and some events were canceled or scaled back because of the shuttle disaster.

Snow, ice spread from Midwest to New England

A storm system spread heavy snow and freezing rain from Nebraska to New England on Monday, closing roads and schools. More than a foot of snow fell on parts of Minnesota and northern Maine was digging out from 20 inches.

Snow and freezing drizzle closed schools in Wisconsin, Nebraska and northwest Kansas, where up to 5 inches of snow fell during the night.

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