News In Brief
Ending a nationwide manhunt, police in Indiana announced the capture of two teenagers charged with the Jan. 27 stabbing death of two Dartmouth College professors. The suspects, Robert Tulloch and James Parker of Chelsea, Vt., were believed to be hitchhiking to California. Fingerprints from the scene and a military-style knife purchased via the Internet allegedly have been traced to the suspects. Half and Susanne Zantop were found dead in their home near the college in Hanover, N.H., Jan. 27. Authorities were refusing to discuss a motive or any connection between the youths and the victims.
President Bush was to speak at the dedication of the $7 million National Memorial Interactive Learning Museum in Oklahoma City. The museum is a record of the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people, injured hundreds of others, and shattered the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. A "hearing" exhibit at the museum includes an audiotape of the explosion and the confusion that followed.
A second deep-sea robot was lowered into the Pacific Ocean to explore the possibility of raising a 190-foot Japanese trawler that sank off the coast of Hawaii minutes after the USS Greeneville submarine collided with it Feb. 9. Videotapes from the first robot, which was removed for repairs, show the Ehime Maru upright on the ocean floor. Families of nine people still missing after the collision are pressing the US to salvage the ship, hoping to recover remains that may be entombed in its hull. The Navy is conducting a court of inquiry that is expected to address why the Greeneville failed to detect the fishing trawler and to touch on the presence of 16 civilian guests aboard the submarine at the time of the accident.
In the interest of saving time and money, the Marine Corps cut testing of the newly designed V-22 Osprey aircraft in which 19 Marines were killed, a new report by the General Accounting Office said. Further testing could have provided additional data on rapid descents that contributed to the fatal crash last April, the report said. The corps has hoped that the Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly like an airplane, will replace Vietnam-era choppers.
Dale Earnhardt, who died Sunday on the final lap of the Daytona 500, was NASCAR's biggest star, known even outside the sport for his maverick performances. Earnhardt was apparently trying to ensure first- and second-place finishes for another racer and his son, respectively, when his car crashed into a concrete wall. The elder Earnhardt held the record for victories at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. A Kannapolis, N.C., native widely known by his nickname "The Intimidator," Earnhardt reaped 76 victories in a fearless career that was intertwined with racing's evolution into a mainstream sport.
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