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CHIP: Samsung Electronics Co. announced Monday that it has developed the world's first 256-megabit dynamic random-access memory chip. The new device, which can store data equivalent to the content of about 2,000 standard newspaper pages, is suited for use in the main memory in computers and high-performance work-stations, the South Korean company said.TRENCH: Infiltration from Iraq has virtually stopped since Kuwait dug a 130-mile-long defensive trench along the disputed border earlier this year, a newspaper reported Monday. As many as 25 people were being arrested at the border each month before the trench was dug, the al-Watan daily said. The trench is 10 feet deep and 16 feet wide.
BOMBER: The wreckage of an American World War II bomber was found in rough terrain in central Queensland state almost half a century after it disappeared, the Royal Australian Air Force said Monday. Six American and two British crew members were on board when the U.S. Army Air Force B-24D Liberator disappeared on a routine flight from the northern city of Darwin to Brisbane on Feb. 26, 1945. Wildlife officers found the plane on a hillside near the city of Rockhampton.
Across the nation
HEARING: The lawyers for two teenagers accused of killing Michael Jordan's father want access to the elder Jordan's financial records and the dental X-rays used to identify his body. The requests are among scores of motions that were to be heard at a hearing scheduled to begin Monday. In a motion filed last month, defense lawyers contended that James Jordan, 57, may have faked his death to shirk his debts. They claim that the body pulled from a South Carolina swamp on Aug. 3, 1993, was misidentified as the father of the former pro basketball superstar.
FORMER JUDGE: The man who admitted waging a campaign of harassment against an ex-lover while sitting as New York State's top judge was released from prison Monday. Ex-New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler left the Federal Medical Center at 5 a.m., said prison spokesman Robert McFadden. He is to return to New York to serve the last month or two of his sentence in a halfway house.
SENTENCED: A woman was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for the contract slaying of her husband, the carnival performer Lobster Boy. She told the judge she had no choice but to protect herself and her family. "I am sorry for what happened, but my family is safe now," Mary Teresa Stiles said as she stood before the judge. "At least I know they're alive," she said.
CHARGED: A carnival worker who was operating a Ferris wheel when a 4-year-old boy fell 20 feet and landed face-down on pavement in Sacramento, Calif., has been charged with being under the influence of an illegal substance. The boy fell from the 40-foot-high wheel Saturday night and landed just feet from his mother, who made a desperate attempt to catch him. He was listed in fair condition at University of California-Davis Medical Center.