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WEATHER HAMPERS RESCUERS

Holding toys from what once was a day-care center, drenched and chilly rescuers searched, stopped, then searched again Saturday through the bombed-out, shaky ruins of the Federal Building.

The second of two original suspects remained at large. The suspect, one of the men whose sketches had been circulated worldwide, is described as square-jawed, with thick hair and a tattoo on his left arm, and he may not be the only one the FBI is seeking."We have at least one, and there could be others," said Weldon Kennedy, special agent in charge of the investigation. "There is much work left to be done."

Much work remained at the bomb site as well.

Rescue efforts, stalled Saturday morning by stiff winds, 20-degree wind chills, lightning and steady rains, resumed at midmorning as workers began the heartbreaking job of digging through the part of the collapsed building that had housed a day-care center.

"The firefighters are picking up toys and looking at them and handing them to each other," said Jon Hansen, assistant fire chief, clutching a red plastic fire truck in the downpour.

"It's hard to describe, really, having kids in there, hope that there may be a child still alive," he said. "A broken toy is maybe a sign of broken hearts."

In the early afternoon, rescuers were ordered to leave again for fear the building was shifting. They resumed, only to be ordered out again because of an unauthorized person on the site.

At dusk, with the rain and wind diminishing, rescuers checked their lights and cranes as they prepared to work through the night. The cranes, needed to lift heavy debris from the day-care center area, had been idle much of the day because of lightning.

The death toll remained at 78 Saturday evening, with another 150 people still unaccounted for. More than 400 others were injured in the blast caused by thousands of pounds of homemade explosives packed into a Ryder rental truck.

The first memorial service was held for a bombing victim. (Story on A1.)

Timothy McVeigh, who turns 27 on Sunday, was in the El Reno Federal Correctional Center pending court hearings Thursday. He was charged Friday night with "malicious damaging and destroying by means of an explosive a building or real property, whole or in part, possessed or used in the United States."

Other charges were expected to follow. The government has said it will seek the death penalty.

Brothers Terry Lynn Nichols, 40, and James Douglas Nichols were ordered held as material witnesses in separate court appear-ances.

In Wichita, Kan., U.S. District Judge Monti L. Belot asked Terry Nichols if he had enough time with his lawyers. Nichols said, "I don't know if I ever will. It's all a jumble to me."

In Michigan, James Nichols made a brief court appearance in Detroit and was ordered detained until Tuesday, when another court date is planned.

On Saturday, authorities searched Terry Nichols' home in Herington, Kan.; a day earlier they impounded his pickup, combing it for explosives.

Authorities say McVeigh and Terry Nichols are Army acquaintances. The affidavit for James Nichols' arrest said McVeigh listed James Nichols as his next of kin when McVeigh was booked in Okla-ho-ma.

A relative told the FBI of hearing that James Nichols was involved in constructing bombs last fall and that he had large quantities of fertilizer and fuel, the affidavit said.

In Oklahoma City, authorities used time-lapse cameras to determine if cracks in the nine-story building were widening. The letters "DB" were spray-painted on many places in the rubble to identify the locations of bodies.

Fire Chief Gary Marrs said four bodies had been located in another building across the street. Some had not yet been removed, he said.

He said rescue squads - working two-hour shifts - wore protective suits, and some areas were disinfected because bodies were beginning to decompose. Cool weather was keeping the problem under control, he said.

Ray Blakeney, director of operations for the state medical examiner's office, said 35 of the dead had been identified, including seven of the 13 children whose bodies have been recovered.

A one-story building weakened by the blast 21/2 blocks away collapsed Saturday morning. Three people inside escaped without injury.

President Clinton, who plans to visit Oklahoma City on Sunday with his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, for a statewide prayer service, tried to calm children's fears in his weekly radio address, saying, "We want children to know it's OK to be frightened by something like this." (Story on A12.)

In the Republican response, Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a former FBI agent, praised Clinton and thanked those who helped after the disaster. "When Americans are threatened, when we hurt and need help, political differences and distance no longer matter," he said.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich toured the bomb site before dawn Saturday, talked with rescue workers and thanked them for their help.

Mayor Ronald Norick asked that bells be rung at 3 p.m. to coincide with the beginning of the memorial service, which Billy Graham was to help lead.

In Herington, authorities evacuated and barricaded a one-block area around Terry Nichols' pale-blue house for the search. Justice Department spokesman Carl Stern in Washington said James Nichols' farm in Decker was searched by investigators.

Stern said both brothers were cooperating with federal investigators. Neither man has been charged. Under federal law, prosecutors can obtain court permission to hold people as material witnesses to ensure their testimony is available for investigators.

FBI agents arrived Friday in Kingman, Ariz., where a mail drop was listed as McVeigh's address in court documents filed in Oklahoma. Sheriff's spokeswoman Tonya Dowe said agents were in town but would not comment further.

McVeigh had been sitting in a county jail 63 miles away from the bombing for two days when the FBI found him. He had been stopped by a trooper because his 1977 Mercury Marquis didn't have a license plate. He was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon after the trooper took a loaded Glock semiautomatic from him, authorities said.

He likely would have posted bail and slipped away if he hadn't been recognized.

In court papers, the FBI said a former co-worker of McVeigh called Friday after seeing the sketch on television. He described McVeigh, who served in the Army at Fort Riley, Kan., as having "extreme right-wing views" and anger over the 1993 clash between authorities and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas.

The Waco debacle began with a deadly gun battle between the cult and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. After a 51-day standoff, FBI agents stormed the cult's fortress on April 19, 1993, and the compound went up in flames. Eighty-five people, including cult leader David Koresh, died in the siege and in an inferno investigators believe was caused by the cultists.

Waco has become a rallying cry for right-wing, anti-government extremist groups, and ATF was among some 20 agencies that had offices in the bombed building.