Columbine Student Will Not

Return After Internet Threat

LITTLETON, Colo.--The Columbine High School student who received a threatening online message that prompted authorities to close the school Thursday and Friday said she will not be going back after the holidays.

School officials closed Columbine two days early for the holiday break after Erin J. Walton, 16, received the threat Wednesday night. Authorities say it was sent by an 18-year-old Florida community college student, Michael Ian Campbell, who is being held without bail until a Dec. 22 detention hearing.

"I keep feeling that this isn't the person for some reason," Erin said Friday, announcing she will attend a private school or be home-schooled next semester. "I keep feeling like they are here. Like they are close."

Jackie Walton said her daughter was one of the last students to escape when Columbine seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attacked their school April 20, killing 12 students, a teacher and themselves.

* VICTORIA, Tex.--A convicted murderer and the Missouri prison guard who allegedly helped him escape were awaiting extradition yesterday after a tip to "America's Most Wanted" led investigators to their trailer-park hideout. Terry William Banks, 26, and Lynette J. Barnett, 27, had not been seen since Oct. 29 when Banks, who was serving a life sentence for a 1992 murder, walked out of the maximum-security Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo., wearing a prison guard's uniform.

* CHICAGO--The University of Chicago has agreed to pay the government millions of dollars to settle allegations that its hospitals for years over-billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The university said the settlement implies no wrongdoing. The hospitals were accused of bilking the programs out of millions of dollars from 1991 to 1997 by billing them for more expensive treatments and procedures than were provided.

* FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--Investigators believe 750 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 225 pounds of dynamite, 6,000 feet of detonation cord and several blasting caps were stolen from an Arizona rock quarry last week. The materials are commonly used in mining but could also be used to make a bomb.

* After serving 18 years for rape, a Louisiana man was released from prison Friday night after a DNA test exonerated him. Clyde Charles, 46, became the 66th person in the United States released from prison as a result of DNA tests establishing their innocence, officials said. Charles was not available for comment, but Bruce Dodd, an attorney for the Louisiana prison system, said Charles was "in good spirits."