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NAZIS: Former East German secret police files have given authorities new evidence to start proceedings against 20 suspected Nazi war criminals, according to Germany's top Nazi hunter. Alfred Streim, head of the German federal office in charge of prosecuting Nazi war criminals, said his office had either reopened or started proceedings against 20 suspected Nazi war criminals, some of them accused of murder.FLOODS: Flooding in northern Brazil has left two people dead and forced thousands from their homes. Near Fortaleza town in Ceara state, two people died and some 2,000 people were made homeless when a river dam burst Friday. In the neighboring state of Piaui, some of the worst floods for 10 years have inundated 11 towns, including the state capital Teresina, where 1,500 people were left homeless.

PROTEST: German police wielded batons Saturday against anti-nuclear protesters to try to break their blockade of a controversial nuclear waste storage center. Up to 800 people had blocked the way to the Gorleben site, the only one of its kind in Germany, to protest plans to bring the first batch of nuclear waste there in the next couple of days.

Across the nation

AFFAIR: Susan Smith willingly had sexual relations with her stepfather as recently as six months before she allegedly drowned her sons in her car, The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday. The newspaper, quoting unidentified sources, reported that Smith told a psychiatrist in 1989 that, contrary to earlier allegations that stepfather Beverly Russell molested her when she was a teenager, she was a willing participant. She called the relationship "an affair" fueled by jealousy over the attention Russell gave her mother.

GRAY PANTHER: Maggie Kuhn, who decided retirement age was no reason to give up and helped found the Gray Panthers as a tool against discrimination and the Vietnam War, died Saturday at age 89. Kuhn died at her Philadelphia home in her nurse's arms, said her personal secretary, Sue Leary.

In Washington

APPREHENDED: Authorities took a man away from the White House in handcuffs Saturday for acting "unruly" and questioned him and searched his belongings before releasing him without charges, a spokeswoman said. The man was apprehended by White House uniformed police while touring the president's residence and was escorted in handcuffs to a guard post on the northwest grounds of the compound.

FUGITIVE: Federal marshals, working on a tip from a television viewer, arrested a fugitive kidnapper from their "most wanted" list Saturday. Marshals arrested William Dwight Dotson, 46, after he left a trailer home in Greenville, S.C. Inside the home, agents found an SKS Chinese assault rifle and two semiautomatic handguns they said belonged to the fugitive. Dotson, who has a criminal record dating to 1975, has been wanted in Atlanta since 1990 when he allegedly violated parole on a conviction for kidnapping and bank robbery.