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BODY COUNT HITS 110 AS RESCUERS DESCEND INTO `PIT'

Rescuers in the bombed-out federal building found 11 more bodies Thursday as they dug into "the pit" of pancaked floors above the day-care center, bringing the death toll to 110.

Eight bodies were found in the area above the child-care center and Social Security offices, Fire Chief Gary Marrs said. The three others were found elsewhere. All were adults, he said.Ray Blakeney, spokesman for the state medical examiner's office, said 97 people were believed missing, including four children from the day-care center and a fifth who was in the Social Security office. Fifteen of the 110 bomb victims identified so far are children, he said.

Also Thursday, suspect Timothy McVeigh was to be arraigned at the federal prison near Oklahoma City where he was being held. His lawyers planned to seek a change of venue; they also were to renew their request to drop out of the case, in part because of threats they've received.

McVeigh is the only person charged with the April 19 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Three days before the bombing, McVeigh warned his Army buddy Terry Nichols that "something big is going to happen," a prosecutor disclosed Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, a federal law enforcement source said authorities were canvassing restaurants, shops and other businesses along Interstate 35, which leads toward the Kansas town were the truck believed to have carried the 4,800-pound bomb was rented.

The source said investigators were checking along an interstate for a possible dropoff point for the second suspect, the so-called "John Doe 2." A newspaper reported that he had been identified as a former soldier who served with McVeigh.

McVeigh has refused to talk to authorities and has "classified himself as a prisoner of war," said a source, insisting on anonymity.

The events laid out in Nichols' hearing Wednesday in Wichita, Kan., left many unanswered questions. Who were the unidentified men Nichols and McVeigh spent time with before the explosion? Was one of them the most-wanted John Doe 2? And what to make of the chilling statement that McVeigh made to Nichols while driving from Oklahoma City to Kansas?

"Something big is going to happen," McVeigh said, according to a prosecutor.

"Are you going to rob a bank?" Nichols asked.

"Something big is going to happen," McVeigh repeated.

Also, federal authorities have found a diary in which McVeigh and his associates outline plans for simultaneous bombings in Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Omaha, Neb., the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

The diary says the group didn't have time to acquire enough explosives for all three cities and decided to concentrate on the Oklahoma City federal building, the paper said, quoting unidentified high-ranking federal officials.

One source said the diary "also suggests that the individuals had cased the places and were aware of all the tenants in those buildings at all three locations." That would indicate they knew there was a day-care center in the building.

Nichols and his brother, James, are being held as material witnesses. They are charged in Michigan with conspiring with McVeigh to manufacture explosives. McVeigh was not charged in Michigan, and the charges against the Nichols brothers are not directly related to the Oklahoma bombing.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot granted a prosecution request to move Terry Nichols from Wichita to Oklahoma City, but he gave defense lawyers until May 5 to appeal.

The judge challenged suggestions by Terry Nichols' lawyers that he is merely an Army surplus dealer being implicated by association, citing searches of Nichols' Herington, Kan., home.

Investigators found 33 firearms, ammunition, an anti-tank rocket launcher and literature about the government attack on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, exactly two years before the Oklahoma bombing.

"I don't believe most of the citizens of the United States have anti-tank weapons," the judge said. "I don't know that U.S. citizens have that many guns or pamphlets about Waco or literature about government warfare."

In Washington, meanwhile, President Clinton's anti-terrorism plan is winning bipartisan support, but language that's missing - a limitation on death row appeals - may be a contentious issue.

Clinton sent his $1.5 billion package of new law enforcement tools to Thursday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. There, Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, will try to engineer a deal.

"If we pass a bill it's going to be a comprehensive anti-terrorism bill and I think we'll pass it by the end of May," Hatch told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

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- Oklahoma bomb damage could top World Trade Center figure of $510 million/A2

- Waco remains a rallying cry for many militias/A2

- It's a week of funerals in Oklahoma City/A23

- How schoolchildren are dealing with the fear/A23

- Sketches of some of the victims identified so far/A24

- U.S. challenge is to halt terrorism, preserve liberty/A24