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September 11, 2001


North Carolina

Elizabeth Dole to file for Helms' Senate seat

Elizabeth Dole will announce today that she is entering the race for the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Jesse Helms, according to a Republican source.

Dole is expected to make the announcement in her hometown of Salisbury, said the source, who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity. Salisbury is between Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

The Republican Dole, 65, has not lived in North Carolina in decades and had long been registered to vote in Kansas, the home state of her husband, former Sen. Bob Dole.

But after Helms announced last month that he would not seek re-election in 2002, she notified election officials that she was ending her voter registration there. She has since registered in North Carolina.


Twenty-one people indicted in McDonald's game scam

Twenty-one people were indicted Monday on charges they were part of a ring that allegedly fixed $1 million winners in McDonald's popular Monopoly and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" games.

The indictment in Jacksonville alleges that since the late 1980s Jerome Jacobson, director of security for Simon Marketing Inc., embezzled more than $20 million worth of winning McDonald's game pieces from his employer.

Jacobson distributed the winning game pieces to accomplices who redeemed them or recruited others to redeem them for prizes, some worth as much as $1 million, the indictment says.


Condit complaint rejected

A grand jury has rejected a flight attendant's complaint that Rep. Gary Condit obstructed justice by allegedly asking her to sign an affidavit stating they didn't have an affair.

The Stanislaus County civil grand jury reached its secret decision Thursday night and mailed it to Anne Marie Smith's lawyer, James Robinson, who disclosed the letter's contents Monday.

Panel foreman Robert E. Johnson said in the letter that the jury usually charged with overseeing governmental abuses decided that the criminal complaint wasn't in its jurisdiction.

New York City

1971 hijack suspect arrested

A man accused of a 1971 plane hijacking was arrested after investigators devised a ruse to match his fingerprints to those he allegedly left on a soda can during the crime.

Patrick Dolan Critton, 54, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home Saturday by a joint task force of FBI and New York City investigators.

"He said he had been waiting for that knock on the door," New York Police Department Inspector Charles J. Wells said Monday.

Critton allegedly hijacked Air Canada Flight 932 while the plane was en route from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Toronto. He allegedly brandished a handgun and a grenade and demanded to be flown to Cuba.

The plane landed in Toronto, and all the passengers were allowed to get off. The aircraft then flew to Havana with six crew members and Critton aboard, authorities said.

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