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PACIFIC OUTRIGGER CAPSIZES; ONE MAN DIES, ONE IS MISSING

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Strong wind flipped an outrigger canoe, tossing six members of an experienced paddling team into 50-degree Pacific water dressed only in shorts and T-shirts. One man died, another was missing, and a third was in critical condition.The six set out from Channel Islands Harbor in a 40-foot outrigger early Sunday to row to an oil platform about 10 miles off the coast. Only about 1 1/2 miles into the trip, the boat capsized in 40 mph winds and sank, Coast Guard Lt. Dan Deptula said.

None of the group was wearing a life jacket, Deptula said.

N.Y. MAN PUSHES WOMAN TO HER DEATH UNDER SUBWAY

NEW YORK (AP) -- A man shoved a 32-year-old woman to her death under a subway train as it pulled into a midtown Manhattan station, said police.

Kendra Webdale, a record company receptionist who lived in Manhattan, was killed about 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the 23rd Street and Broadway station. She was decapitated and her body was dragged under the northbound train.

The suspect, Andrew Goldstein, was grabbed by people waiting on the platform, said police. He was charged with murder.

Goldstein, a 29-year-old Queens resident, exchanged a few words with the woman before pushing her from behind, said police, but there was no indication that the two knew each other. The killing appeared to have been unplanned.

EXPLODING GAS LINE DESTROYS HOME, BUSINESS IN VIRGINIA

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A leaking natural gas line exploded in western Virginia, destroying a home and business and lighting up the pre-dawn sky with an orange glow that could be seen for miles.

No one was killed in the explosion early Sunday, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the flames that took four hours to bring under control. Several thousand people were left without heat in temperatures below freezing.

4 KILLED, AT LEAST 23 INJURED IN SERIES OF VIRGINIA CRASHES

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Four people were killed Sunday after a series of crashes along northbound I-81. At least 23 people were injured.

State police attributed the multivehicle crashes to the slippery weather conditions and to excessive speeds.

"It was like a war zone," Danny Young, a tow-truck driver who helped remove mangled cars from the scene, said.

The crashes started shortly after the morning rush hour while traffic slowed just south of Lexington. The original slowdown was for an accident on the bridge crossing the Maury River.

Within minutes, eight tractor-trailers and eight cars lost control, including a state police cruiser that had stopped for the first accident. The highway's northbound lanes were closed for almost 12 hours with traffic backed up as far as 20 miles.

CHATTANOOGA TIMES CLOSES, LEAVING CITY WITH ONE PAPER

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The final edition of The Chattanooga Times hits the street today, ending a 130-year-old publication and the city's status as the last in Tennessee with competing daily newspapers.

Publisher Paul Neely provided sandwiches and cookies as the normally quiet Sunday newsroom filled with staffers and their children. People hugged, shared stories and cried as copy editors sat at their computers putting together the paper's last edition.

The morning publication merges with its afternoon daily rival, the Chattanooga Free Press. The first edition of the combined The Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga Free Press comes out Tuesday morning.

Of an editorial staff of about 60, 14 full-time staffers were laid off, and at least four others chose to retire or find other work. Some Free Press workers were laid off, as well.

The change leaves only 52 U.S. cities with at least two daily newspapers.

2 MEN ARRESTED IN ATTEMPT TO FORCE MARRIAGE ON WOMAN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Two men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and trying to smuggle into the United States a woman who refused an arranged marriage to one of the men.

Wahid Nader, 29, and Jamal Nasser Aziz, 37, both natives of Afghanistan, were arrested Friday after authorities at the U.S.-Canada border found the woman bound and gagged in a car trunk.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol E. Heckman on Saturday ordered them held without bail until at least Monday, when they are to attend a detention hearing. They face kidnapping charges.

Authorities believe Mine Betoor was kidnapped after refusing marriage to Nader, which had been arranged by her parents.

Betoor, whose age was not released, told authorities that Aziz, her uncle, threatened to kill her if she made noise or tried to escape. After refusing to travel to Nader's home in San Francisco to be married, she was knocked out with a blow to the head and imprisoned in the basement of a home in Etobicoke, Ont., for more than two days before being forced into the trunk, police said.

WEST AFRICAN WOMAN FEARS TORTURE IF U.S. DEPORTS HER

DALLAS (AP) -- An activist who claims she will be tortured and possibly killed if she returns to her native West Africa is fighting a deportation effort by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Ablavi Haden is seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture. The international pact allows people who are deported to halt proceedings if they can demonstrate a credible fear of government-sanctioned torture in their homeland.

Haden, 47, said in Sunday's editions of The Dallas Morning News that Republic of Togo officials in 1991 killed her husband, Mensah Haden, a Togolese official who believed other government officials were stealing public money for private use. Haden, a leader in Togo's fledgling women's rights and democracy movements, said she fears a similar fate.

But INS officials say her fears are unfounded and have kept the mother of five locked up in a Dallas County jail since March because they believe she will go into hiding if released while her case is being reviewed.

MASSIVE BRUSH FIRE THREATENS HOMES IN LOS ANGELES SUBURB

Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- A massive brush fire scorched up to 600 acres of dry hillsides above suburban Porter Ranch on Sunday, as winds up to 50 mph whipped 20-foot flames perilously close to homes.

The fire, which started about 11 a.m. in the city's San Fernando Valley region about 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, spread west through the Santa Susana Mountains, creeping within several yards of homes in the far north portion of Porter Ranch.

3 MEN DISRUPT PHONE SERVICE BY BREAKING INTO SPRINT OFFICE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Three men wearing ski masks broke into a Sprint telephone office, tied up workers and stole computer equipment, leaving an estimated 75,000 customers without phone service Sunday.

After tying up the two Sprint employees and a contractor, they shot them with stun guns, police spokesman Steve Meriwether said. The workers were not seriously injured.

No arrests had been made, and police had no suspects.

The thieves took telephone-related computer equipment that was in use at the time, knocking out service to some customers, Sprint spokeswoman Detra Page said. Sprint has 845,000 customers in the Las Vegas Valley.