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March 4, 2003


Colorado: British skier arrested after fatal collision

A British skier has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a fatal collision with another man at a Colorado ski resort.

Robert Wills, 31, was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail on suspicion of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutor Mark Hurlburt said Monday he hadn't decided whether to file charges in the death, and needed to review the file. An announcement wasn't expected for a day or two.

Deputies said they were told that Wills slammed into Richard Henrichs, 56, of Naperville, Ill., on Sunday at Breckenridge.

Henrichs then struck a tree and later died of head injuries.

Virginia: Motion against death penalty rejected in sniper case

A judge in Fairfax rejected defense arguments Monday that Virginia's death penalty law is unconstitutional and barred cameras in the courtroom for the trial of teenage sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo.

Malvo's lawyer Michael Arif had argued that the instructions given to a jury on when to recommend the death penalty are too vague.

Malvo, 18, and John Allen Muhammad, 42, are accused of shooting 19 people -- killing 13 and wounding six -- in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: Bush to add drug benefit in revamped Medicare plan

Laboring to salvage a crucial element of his domestic agenda and re-election platform, President Bush today plans to unveil a retooled proposal to reform Medicare and provide senior citizens with a prescription drug benefit, administration officials said Monday.

Bush's $400 billion, 10-year plan, to be outlined in a speech to the American Medical Assn. in Washington, will propose that all Medicare beneficiaries get some level of prescription drug assistance.

Aides said the president intends to leave it to Congress to work out many of the details of the drug benefit plan, an indication of how little success the administration has had in trying to dictate to lawmakers specific changes to Medicare.

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