N.M. Lawyer Slain

Outside Courthouse

SANTA FE, N.M.--A lawyer who took on child murder and civil rights cases, along with poor clients nobody else wanted, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he walked to court yesterday.

Police were looking for a man with a criminal record against whom Carlos Vigil, 52, had filed a harassment complaint Thursday, said Espanola Municipal Judge Charles Maestas.

Vigil had represented the man in Maestas's court in July, when the man pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of assault on a police officer, Maestas said. Maestas sentenced the man to 20 days already served.

Police said they were searching for a pickup truck with a loud muffler, possibly driven by a man in his twenties, that witnesses saw leave the shooting scene.


* MADISON, Wis.--A federal appeals court upheld a Wisconsin law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. Thirteen other states have similar laws, including Pennsylvania, where the law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.

* ST. ANTHONY, Idaho--Four Taiwanese exchange students on a trip to Yellowstone National Park were killed when their rental van flipped over on an Idaho highway, police said. The other six people in the van were treated at hospitals.

* RICE LAKE, Wis.--A black bear believed to have mauled a Boy Scout sleeping in his tent at a campground Monday was shot and killed Wednesday when it returned to a nearby camp, officials said. The attack severely injured Matthew Murphy, 14, of Ashland, Wis.

* SMITHFIELD, N.C.--Hundreds of travelers may have been exposed to hepatitis A at a Texas Steakhouse off Interstate 95 about 25 miles southeast of Raleigh if they ate there on July 31 or on Aug. 1, 2, 7 or 8, health officials said. They advised diners to see their physician.

* ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Doctors at Strong Memorial Hospital granted Bill White's request to die, removing him from a ventilator that had sustained him for 32 years since an accident left him a quadriplegic. White, 50, was declared dead at 7:03 p.m. after doctors removed his breathing tube, a hospital spokeswoman said.

* ST. LOUIS--A 44-count indictment unsealed Thursday accused 15 members of the "Evans family" of running a nationwide prostitution ring, and nine people were arrested, the FBI said.

* CHICAGO--The Boy Scouts must stop barring gay applicants in hiring decisions, Circuit Judge Stephen A. Schiller ruled Thursday, saying that the policy amounts to illegal discrimination.

* CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Police Commissioner Ronnie Watson apologized after training officers told a local newspaper that members of ethnic groups accustomed to eating spicy foods may be less susceptible to the use of pepper spray. Watson said "there is no empirical or scientific evidence to support" that idea.