Man Charged in Assault During Woodstock '99

ROME, N.Y. -- A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with sex crimes for an alleged assault on a 15-year-old girl as fires raged in the final hours of Woodstock '99.

Timothy A. Weeden, a state prison guard from Rome, was arrested early Monday soon after the alleged assault and was indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse, third-degree sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child.

The girl was assaulted at a gas station off the concert grounds and told friends, who returned and apprehended Weeden with the help of several security guards from a nearby hospital, authorities said.

State police are investigating eight other allegations of rapes during the concert festival last weekend.

Army Identifies Soldiers Killed in Colombia Crash

EL PASO, Tex. -- The Army identified the five soldiers presumed killed when their reconnaissance plane crashed into a Colombian mountainside while on a counter-narcotics mission, and two bodies were returned early yesterday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The five, based at Fort Bliss in El Paso, were identified as: Capt. Jose A. Santiago, Capt. Jennifer J. Odom, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thomas G. Moore, Pfc. T. Bruce Cluff and Pfc. Ray E. Krueger. All were assigned to the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Two Colombian air force officers also were aboard the de Havilland RC-7 reconnaissance plane when it was reported missing July 23. The plane hit a 9,000-foot peak in the Andes Mountains while it circled above a major drug-producing area.

Drug control policy director Barry R. McCaffrey praised the soldiers -- the first U.S. military personnel killed while fighting illegal drugs in Colombia. In a statement, he said they "gave their lives to safeguard our nation and our children."

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PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft that flew within 10 miles of the Asteroid Braille on Wednesday has sent mission controllers infrared images of the asteroid, though it failed to capture close-up pictures because its camera was not aimed at the rock, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. will trim about 680 jobs from its corporate headquarters by the end of October, the company said. The cuts will affect 10 percent of the company's headquarters staff and hundreds of independent contractors.