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February 6, 2002

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California: Crashes in fog kill 2

About 90 vehicles piled up in two chain-reaction accidents in dense fog Tuesday, killing two people and injuring about two dozen others.

The first crash near Selma involved 63 vehicles, including six tractor-trailer trucks. Ten minutes later, a second crash 1 1/2 miles south, tied up 24 vehicles, causing minor injuries, said California Highway Patrol officer Axel Reyes.

Witnesses said visibility was around 50 feet along Highway 99, south of Fresno.

Massachusetts: Sect members jailed in missing baby case

Two members of a religious sect that rejects modern medicine were jailed Tuesday after refusing to cooperate with authorities investigating their missing baby.

Attleboro Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Nasif said he was not convinced that Rebecca Corneau had a miscarriage, as she claimed. He ordered Corneau and husband David Corneau jailed pending a hearing next week.

Nasif told the couple they had to bring a living child to court on Feb. 14 or reveal the burial site.

Until Tuesday, the Corneaus had refused to acknowledge there was a baby. But Rebecca Corneau's attorney told the judge his client was willing to testify about the miscarriage.

"There is no live baby Corneau," he said.

Florida: Presidential threats bring prison term

A man who threatened to blow up the White House and cut off the heads of two U.S. presidents has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison.

Eric James Temple, 25, apologized Monday, saying he's "tried to always better my life, but it always comes to a failure." He asked U.S. District Judge John Steele to send him to prison because he has no family and no home.

Temple has mailed numerous letters to federal officials since threatening to kill President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and three federal prosecutors.

"When I come for each of you individually, I'm going to cut your heads off, rip your eyes out and cook your bodies for a holiday meal," Temple wrote an Oct. 18, 2001, letter to a prosecutor.

He also threatened to blow up the White House with a nuclear bomb.

Ohio: College student charged in death of newborn

A college student was arrested Tuesday in the death of her newborn son whose body was found in a trash bin behind her home.

Jennifer Bryant, 21, of Frankfort, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and abuse of a corpse, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office said. She was being held in the county jail.

The baby, wrapped in a blanket, was discovered about Monday night in a bin behind the woman's home across the street from Muskingum College in New Concord, Det. Lt. Steve Welker said. An autopsy was planned.

Detectives who searched the home said they found evidence Bryant gave birth to the child inside.

Washington, D.C.: Government report tracks Internet use

More than half of all Americans use the Internet, with more than 2 million people going online for the first time each month.

And nine out of 10 school-age children now have access to computers either at home or at school, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday.

Fifty-four percent of Americans used the Internet in September 2001, or 143 million people, the report said. That was up from 33 percent three years earlier.

The report also found that 45 percent of the population now uses e-mail, up from 35 percent in 2000.

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