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TRAPPED: Twenty-one teenagers training to be firefighters died Saturday after they were trapped in a brush fire in southern Argentina, authorities said. The group was caught in high grass by rapidly shifting winds in a sparsely populated area, a regional fire official said.SIHANOUK: Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, seriously ill with cancer, appealed from his sickbed in China for stability in his turbulent homeland and promised to return in April. The broadcast Friday night was the first time Sihanouk had been seen on television in three weeks and the third time in the three months since he started chemotherapy in Beijing.
SMUGGLING: Russia's defense minister is demanding that the commander of Russian military forces still in eastern Germany crack down on gun smuggling and other crimes by army officers, a magazine said Saturday. Der Spiegel said Defense Minister Pavel Grachev apparently sent the order after German police seized more than 9,000 military pistols near the Russian military headquarters south of Berlin.
Across the nation
FOUND: A New Jersey woman who disappeared Friday, two years after her 5-year-old son vanished and was slain, has been found safe in Detroit, where she claimed she was kidnapped, police said. Michelle Lodzinski, 26, was found on a downtown Detroit street Saturday morning. She told police officers two law-enforcement agents abducted her, drove her to Detroit in a black vehicle and dropped her off. Police and the FBI are investigating.
BANDITS: Police and federal agents Saturday searched for two bank robbers dubbed "The Barney Bag Bandits." The men walked into a branch of Savings of America in south suburban Chicago Friday afternoon, passed a stickup note to teller, and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash stuffed into a bag with the image of Barney, the purple dinosaur of children's television.
SLAYINGS: Gunmen opened fire at a public housing project in a northern coastal town in Puerto Rico early Saturday, killing five people and wounding five. At about 1 a.m., three men drove up to the El Cemi public housing project in Luquillo, 20 miles east of the capital, police said. The men ordered residents at the entrance to lie down and then began firing randomly, police said.
KILLER: A teenager in Bismarck, N.D., who pleaded guilty to killing his father, mother, brother and sister received four life terms and a lecture from a judge troubled by his apparent lack of remorse. Michael Neugebauer, 17, could be eligible for parole in 24 years.
PROTEST: On the 21st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, about 200 anti-abortion protesters knelt outside the White House on Saturday to pray for President Clinton, his wife and top administration officials. "We pray that you will deliver our nation from this hand of tyranny. We pray, our God, that you will invade this mansion," intoned the Rev. Paul Schenck of Buffalo, N.Y.