FDA approves another drug for rheumatoid arthritis

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has approved another alternative for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, the genetically engineered drug Remicade.Remicade is a monoclonal antibody that, in patients' blood, finds and sops up an immune system protein called tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, that causes rheumatoid's inflammation.

Remicade already was sold to treat the inflammatory bowel disorder Crohn's disease, so some physicians already prescribed it to rheumatoid patients even as the Food and Drug Administration was deciding whether it really works for them.

House votes to extend federal anti-stalking laws

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has voted to extend federal anti-stalking laws to cover those who use e-mail, the Internet, the telephone or other interstate communications to pursue their victims.

The bill, passed by voice on Wednesday, also expands the definition of "immediate family" of victims to include people who regularly reside with the victim and makes it harder for those with previous stalking histories to get bail.

Bill sponsor Rep. Sue Kelly, R-N.Y., said she hoped "to help these millions who haven't the resources to cocoon themselves from mainstream society as celebrities do."

Kelly said some 1 million women and 370,000 men are stalked every year. A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

Black business group gives Clinton first 'legacy award'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton accepted an award from a black business group Wednesday for his work on race relations -- and basked in the status he holds among some minorities as an honorary brother.

Clinton received the first "legacy award" from the National Coalition of Minority Businesses, a privately funded advocacy group founded in 1994. The group cited Clinton for his national dialogue on race and his New Markets proposal, which seeks to spread economic prosperity to pockets of poverty in urban and rural areas.

Clinton signs bill to fund government temporarily

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Clinton signed legislation funding the U.S. government through Nov. 17 on Wednesday as White House and Republican negotiators continued to try to hammer out a broader budget deal.

White House officials said Clinton signed the temporary funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, on Wednesday afternoon.

The bill is the fifth that Clinton has signed to keep the government running since the start of the fiscal 2000 budget year on Oct. 1 as the White House and the Republican-led Congress have fought over the budget.

2 Columbine killers made videotapes before massacre

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made several videotapes describing events leading up to the Columbine High School massacre in an apparent bid to become famous, authorities said.

"I've not reviewed all of it, but it is disturbing, to say the least," Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Steve Jensen said Wednesday. "It's obvious that these guys wanted to become cult heroes of some kind."

Investigators say the tapes found at the homes of the two teens appear to have been made specifically for police, The Denver Post reported Thursday. Details, including content and how many tapes there are, were not immediately known.

Feds seek safer pesticide in the war against fruit flies

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal authorities are calling for a safer alternative to fighting Mediterranean fruit flies than a pesticide believed to have sickened as many as 123 people in Florida.

People in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas reported a range of health problems after helicopters and planes sprayed their neighborhoods with the pesticide malathion last spring and summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

Gay policy at university upsets Virginia Baptists

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Baptists will end annual contributions to the University of Richmond because of what one leader calls "tacit approval" of homosexuality.

The group is upset over the university's new anti-discrimination policy, which bans discrimination against homosexuals.

Ex-Atlanta mayor to lead National Council of Churches

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is taking the top leadership job of the National Council of Churches at a time when the organization is struggling with budget and staff cuts.

Young, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will serve as president of a group representing 35 denominations with more than 50 millions members.

Charges of misconduct dropped in Catholic diocese

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities investigating allegations of sexual and financial misconduct in a Catholic diocese said there wasn't enough evidence to file charges.

Former Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann was accused of sexual assault by the Rev. Jorge Hume Salas. Ziemann has said the relationship was consensual.

Ziemann removed Salas from St. Mary's church in Ukiah in 1996 after Salas admitted stealing church money. Salas alleged that Ziemann forced him to engage in various sex acts and demanded sex in exchange for silence about the thefts.

Man chases, fatally shoots ex-girlfriend in Vegas casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man shot his ex-girlfriend as she dealt cards at a casino, then chased her through the building, firing shots as she ducked under a roulette table and even as she fled into the women's restroom until she collapsed, police said.

Larry D. Taylor, 37, then calmly handed the gun over to another card dealer and waited to be arrested Wednesday.

"He went to the table and began shooting," Police Lt. Wayne Petersen said. "She tried to run away. She actually did run out of the pit."

The 37-year-old victim, whose name was not released, died inside the Golden Gate, a downtown hotel-casino.

Teen arrested after attack on 9 subway passengers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nine subway passengers were attacked by a teenager with a box cutter Wednesday evening before victims and onlookers wrestled the attacker to the ground, police said.

The 17-year-old suspect was riding the D train into Manhattan. When the train went through a tunnel, he pulled out a box cutter and slashed the passengers, police said.

Onlookers and victims then wrestled the teen to the ground. He was taken into police custody. None of the injuries were life threatening.