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October 31, 2000



Eunice Kennedy Shriver still critical

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy, remained in critical condition Monday, a week after entering Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of a postoperative infection.

Shriver, 79, had a benign pancreatic tumor removed Oct. 12 and her doctors said they expected a full recovery after her Oct. 21 release. However, Shriver was readmitted two days later after complaining of pain, and doctors discovered a postoperative infection.

Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. Her husband, R. Sargent Shriver, was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 1972 and sought the presidential nomination in 1976. Eunice Kennedy Shriver's brother is Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and she has five children, including NBC reporter Maria Shriver.


Pentagon sued over bonuses

Thousands of former military men and women kicked out of the armed forces for being too fat or out of shape can sue the Pentagon for taking back their enlistment bonuses.

A federal judge ruled last week that a lawsuit filed by three people who say the Pentagon illegally took back their bonuses can be expanded to a class-action suit.

Many of the 20,000 people discharged for obesity from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force between 1992 and 1995 lost all or part of the money they received when they signed up, plaintiffs' lawyer Michael Feldman said.

The money amounts to thousands of dollars for many of the plaintiffs, and as many as 5,000 to 10,000 people could join in the lawsuit, he said.

Los Angeles

Report tracks Chromium 6 pollution

City records show that industrial runoff with possibly dangerous levels of chromium 6 was discharged for two decades into storm drains that flowed into the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

The records obtained by the newspaper offer the first detailed evidence of how the chemical may have been introduced to the Los Angeles area's ground water, leading to contamination that still troubles the region today.

Chromium 6, which is suspected of causing cancer and other illnesses, appeared in industrial runoff between 1945 and the mid-1960s in concentrations as high as 80,000 parts per billion, according to the records. That amount is many times greater than what health experts deem to be safe.


Third suspect in bombing arrested

Two Sikh suspects in the 1985 Air India bombing the deadliest terrorist attack on an airplane were ordered held for 30 days Monday and a third man was in custody.

The arrests followed a 15-year investigation by Canadian police into the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland that killed 329 people, and a separate blast in Tokyo's airport in which two baggage handlers died.

Both explosions occurred on June 23, 1985, and police immediately suspected Sikh militants seeking revenge for India's attack the previous year on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the seat of faith for India's Sikh minority.

Ripudaman Singh Malik, 53, and Ajaib Singh Bagri, 51, appeared for less than a minute Monday at a preliminary hearing in a provincial court.

Canadian police refused to reveal the identity of the third man taken into custody Sunday night.

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