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December 1, 2000

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CHICAGO

United Airlines flights canceled

United Airlines canceled more than 100 flights Thursday for the second straight day in an escalation of operational turmoil it blames on its contract-seeking mechanics. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers denies responsibility.

The airline attributed 85 of its 105 cancellations by mid-afternoon to maintenance problems. The problems mark a return of major flight disruptions after a better-than-expected performance by United and other airlines during the Thanksgiving holiday period, the busiest travel week of the year.

California

Handyman admits Yosemite murder

A motel handyman was sentenced to life without parole Thursday for beheading a Yosemite National Park naturalist, clearing the way for his trial in the grisly slayings of three tourists.

Under a plea bargain that spared him the possibility of a death sentence, Cary Stayner, 39, admitted he killed 26-year-old Joie Armstrong last year after kidnapping and trying to sexually assault her.

"I gave in to the terrible dark dreams that I tried to subdue," a sobbing Stayner, shackled and wearing a yellow prison jumpsuit, said in federal court.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

U.N. seeks food aid for North Korea

The U.N. World Food Program is seeking more than 800,000 tons of food to feed 8 million North Koreans and compensate for crop shortfalls caused by droughts and typhoons, the organization said Thursday.

A crop and food assessment by the WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization found that North Korea's rice production was down 31 percent this year and that corn output fell 235,000 tons from 1999.

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