Columbine Student Held in Threat

GOLDEN, Colo.--A Columbine High School student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening to "finish the job" of the two teenage gunmen who killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives last spring.

The 17-year-old student, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was jailed on charges of inciting destruction of life or property, and theft for allegedly stealing a school microphone.


* LOS ANGELES--Ex-football star Jim Brown, who was placed on probation earlier this month for vandalizing his wife's car, accused the judge of "waging war" against black men and demanded her removal from the case. Brown, 63, also said he won't abide by Municipal Court Judge Dale Fischer's order that he perform 400 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling. His lawyer removed himself from the case in disagreement with the former football star's actions.

* NEW YORK--Nicholas White, a production manager for Business Week, was trapped in the elevator at his high-rise office for 40 hours over the weekend and screamed, banged on the walls and tried climbing out through the ceiling before someone finally noticed him on a video monitor. White, saying he was "a little shaky," took two days off work.

* MARIPOSA, Calif.--Cary Stanger, the 38-year-old motel handyman who investigators say confessed to killing three Yosemite National Park sightseers in February, was charged with their murders. He could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Carole Sund, 42, her daughter Juli Sund, 15, and their Argentine friend Silvina Pelosso, 16, while the three were visiting the park in February.

* MARIETTA, Ga.--Graffiti protesting the lack of indictments in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey was cleaned off the girl's grave, police said. Someone had scrawled "No Justice in U.S.A." in red marker on the plain marble slab covering the grave at St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery.

* FRESNO, Calif.--Twenty-three Hmong men and boys face indictment on sex abuse charges--the latest counts stemming from the 1998 gang rape of three girls and the breakup of a sex-slave ring. An 826-count indictment by a Fresno County grand jury charges the defendants with raping girls and forcing them to prostitute themselves, police said. Authorities said 13 of the defendants were in custody in connection with previous rapes and that 9 of the other 10 were arrested Tuesday.

* ESPANOLA, N.M.--Forty-two logs fell off a timber truck, crushing two women to death as they waited in a car at a stoplight. Annette Gonzales, 39, and Emily Baca, 29, were killed Tuesday when the logs tumbled from the rig after its rear axle broke, police said.

* GOLDEN, Colo.--An 11-year-old Swiss American boy was charged with aggravated incest for allegedly making inappropriate sexual contact with his 5-year-old sister. The boy's lawyer said he would plead not guilty at his arraignment Nov. 8. The case has grabbed headlines in Switzerland and placed the boy, who has dual citizenship, in the center of an international debate over when childhood play crosses the line and becomes a criminal act.

* SPRINGFIELD, Ill.--Grain laced with a pesticide and deliberately spread on an Illinois farm field killed at least 25,000 blackbirds, about 80 percent of them red-winged blackbirds, a protected species. Officials said no one had been charged and it had not been determined who put the grain in the field.

* LOS ANGELES--With memories of the 7.1-magnitude Hector earthquake still fresh, seismologists in Southern California are shaking up the ground themselves to create a portrait of faults and hazardous areas in the region's restless underbelly. Researchers said the series of 93 small underground detonations would not trigger earthquakes and, if felt at all, would resemble the rumble of a passing truck.

* BELLA VISTA, Calif.--One wildfire was close to extinction while firefighters said they were gaining ground on several other blazes burning in Northern California. A fire that burned more than 26,000 acres and destroyed 69 houses, 59 mobile homes and 300 outbuildings in Northern California's Shasta County, was expected to be extinguished today, officials said.