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July 4, 2001

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Miami: Cuban reunited with children

A Cuban doctor who defected to the United States last year was reunited with his 4-year-old daughter and 11-year-old stepson Tuesday after Cuba's government released the children following the death of their mother.

Giselle Cordova jumped into the arms of her father, Dr. Leonel Cordova, knocking him to the floor. He gathered up Giselle and her half-brother Yusniel Hernandez in his arms, hugging them and crying. He wiped tears from Giselle's face.

The children's mother, 34-year-old Rosalba Gonzalez, was killed last month in a motorcycle accident near her home in Cuba.

Cuba's approval of the children's departure coincided with the one-year anniversary Thursday of Elian Gonzalez's return to Cuba with his father.

Pennsylvania: Mayor to face race-riot trial

The mayor of York and five other white men will be tried for the death of a black woman during the city's 1969 race riots, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Prosecutors presented enough evidence at a preliminary hearing to warrant a trial, Common Pleas Judge Emanuel Cassimatis said, noting that they only had to prove there was evidence of a crime and probable cause to charge the defendants.

Mayor Charlie Robertson was a police officer when Lillie Belle Allen was killed the night of July 21, 1969. Robertson was arrested in May and charged with murder as an "accessory before the fact," in part for allegedly handing out ammunition shortly before Allen was killed.

Arizona: Four die near border crossing

Four people have been found dead in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona.

Three bodies were found Monday inside the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, just north of the Mexican border. The other was found Sunday night on the Tohono O'odham Nation, about 70 miles southwest of Tucson, said Mexican Consul Carlos Torres Garcia.

One male survivor was found after another man who said he had been traveling with the Organ Pipe group sought help from authorities in Sonoyta, Mexico, said Carlos Carrillo, assistant chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector.

Authorities did not specify whether the men were illegal immigrants, though the bodies were found in an area popular with border crossers.

New York City: Millennium plot explained

An Algerian convicted of plotting to bomb the Los Angeles airport during the millennium celebrations testified Tuesday at the trial of an alleged accomplice that he targeted the place for its political and economic importance and because he had once passed through it.

Ahmed Ressam, 34, took the stand at the trial of Mokhtar Haouari, testifying that he plotted the bombing to fulfill a religious edict to attack Americans around the world just before the millennium.

Ressam, who was arrested at the Canadian border with a car loaded with explosives, was convicted of terrorism charges in April in Los Angeles.

He said he wanted to bomb Los Angeles International Airport because he passed through it while flying from Afghanistan to Canada in February 1999.

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