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December 20, 2000

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Texas

Teen admits murder

A teen-age girl led Fort Worth police to the body of a longtime friend after telling officers that she and three others murdered the young woman for telling authorities about a burglary. Christine Smith, who first told police that her longtime friend Misti Mayo, 18, had been raped in an alley and disappeared with her 4-month-old son, recanted her story Saturday, police said.

Smith, 17, then led investigators to Mayo's naked and battered body in a field near Interstate 20 in Shreveport, La. The group abandoned Mayo's baby in a minivan parked at a restaurant east of Dallas.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

$98 million fine levied

In its biggest environmental settlement ever with a steel producer, the government has reached an accord with the Nucor Corp. requiring the company to spend $98 million for pollution control and civil penalties, federal officials said Tuesday. The agreement will require Nucor, a Fortune 500 company and one of the country's largest steel makers, to reduce air, water and ground pollution from its plants in seven states. The company will have to make the improvements at 14 plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

DENVER

OKC bombing helper denied new trial

Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols lost his bid for a new trial after a federal appeals court ruled the FBI did not withhold crucial evidence.

The court also rejected Nichols' request to look at more of the 43,000 "lead sheets" developed by the government during the investigation, saying Nichols failed to prove they would help his case. Nichols, convicted of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy charges, is serving a life sentence in federal prison.

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