Clinic Evacuated After Threat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--An abortion clinic where a bomb killed a security guard in 1998 was evacuated yesterday after employees were told an anthrax-laced letter was delivered with the day's mail. Other clinics and offices around the country received similar threats.

The New Woman All Women Heath Care Clinic contacted authorities after receiving the fax threat. Police confiscated the letter, which had not been opened, said Lt. Moody Duff.

Tests determined it was not contaminated with anthrax, an infectious disease.

An off-duty police officer was killed and a nurse severely injured when the clinic was bombed in January 1998.

Suspected serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph has been charged with the bombing, but has not been captured.

Among the other locations involved yesterday were the Planned Parenthood clinics in Providence, R.I.; Manchester, Conn.; and Naples, Fla., and a government unemployment office in Immokalee, Fla. It was not known if the other letters contained anthrax.

Explosives Recovered in California

FRESNO, Calif.--Police have recovered 200 pounds of explosives stolen from a California bomb-squad bunker last week and arrested five suspects in a theft that raised fears of an extremist attack over the New Year's holiday.

Dan Cervantes of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department said all the suspects were in their late teens and had no apparent links to any anti-government group.

3 Chinese Charged With Smuggling

SEATTLE--Three Chinese men were charged in federal court with smuggling a dozen countrymen into the United States by hiding them in a cargo container.

The complaint in U.S. District Court in Seattle named Sheng Ding, Ju Shu Huang and Yu Zheng on the felony charges, which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

According to the complaint, the exporter of the container, Lap Kei Trading Co. of Hong Kong, also shipped two containers that arrived in Los Angeles on Dec. 28, loaded with Chinese stowaways.

Lung Transplant Recipient, 10, Dies

ST. LOUIS--A 10-year-old Israeli girl who received donated lungs from her mother and a British good Samaritan has died.

Lisa Ostrovsky, whose lungs were ravaged by cystic fibrosis, died Jan. 1 from an infection, heart and renal failure nearly six weeks after double-lung transplant surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital, a spokesman said.

The other donor besides her mother, Valentina, was Ronald Johnson, a janitor from England who read about the case in a newspaper and paid his own fare to St. Louis for the surgery.