2 New Faces on `Most Wanted' List
The Federal Bureau of Investigation added Islamic militant Osama bin Laden and James Kopp, the alleged killer of an abortion doctor, to its "10 Most Wanted" list yesterday, replacing the two Libyans accused of the 1988 bombing of an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The Saudi-born bin Laden has been indicted in the United States for allegedly masterminding the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.
Kopp is wanted for allegedly killing Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, at Slepian's home in Amherst, N.Y., in October.
"We sincerely hope that people all over the world who believe in justice and the rule of law will join us in an effort to find Osama bin Laden and James Charles Kopp," Attorney General Janet Reno said at a news conference.
Anti-Missile Rocket Gets Another Try
The U.S. military will conduct a key test of its troubled anti-missile defense rocket high over New Mexico today after six successive test failures, the Pentagon said yesterday.
The test, postponed two weeks ago when a target missile went out of control, will be conducted over the White Sands, N.M., missile test range at about 5 a.m. MDT. The Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile, being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. to track and collide with attacking enemy warheads in flight, will be fired at a Hera test missile over the military's White Sands test site.
The planned test will be closely watched because of a string of six failures before last month's aborted try. The Clinton administration faces pressure from Congress to put in place both a system like THAAD against medium-range missiles as well as an even more ambitious national missile defense system.
Cisneros's Trial Pushed to September
The trial of former housing secretary Henry G. Cisneros, initially set to begin July 6, was pushed back into September after a judge expressed concerns about finding enough jurors to work through the summer.
U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin said he now plans to begin jury selection on Sept. 7. Attorneys on both sides said they expect the trial to take at least four weeks. Cisneros faces 18 felony charges stemming from allegations that he lied to the FBI about hush money payments to a former mistress.
Cisneros, who has denied any wrongdoing, is accused of trying to keep details of his relationship with Linda Jones from the FBI and others, both before and after his confirmation as housing secretary in 1993. Jones, who at the time went by the name of Medlar, has become a government witness.