Guardsmen Held

In Racial Assault

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Three National Guardsmen beat up or harassed minorities and others in a "mission" to clean up the community, and one of the suspects killed himself at the scene of the most recent attack, police said.

The two other men were arrested at a motel where they allegedly beat the Indian owner, whom they had mistaken for an Arab. The owner suffered cuts and bruises.

Guardsman Chad Ritchie, 21, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after running from the motel early Thursday, police Lt. Mike Moran said. Andrew Lee Patterson, 23, and Aaron St. James, 25, were waiting in a car when police arrived, Moran said. They were charged with assault.

* CAPE CANAVERAL -- Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia spent their final day in space yesterday stowing gear and checking flight control systems in preparation for their expected return to Earth today. Weather forecasters predicted clear skies and light winds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the shuttle will attempt to land at 9:16 a.m., said NASA's entry flight director, Leroy Cain.

* DALLAS -- Five brothers pleaded not guilty to charges they laundered money for a member of the Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, and shipped computer goods to countries designated as sponsors of terrorism. Ghassan, Basman, Bayan and Hazim Elashi, and the fifth brother, Ihsan Elashyi, are charged with having financial dealings with a terrorist -- a Hamas official who, authorities said, invested $250,000 to help start their computer company. Trial for the brothers was set for Oct. 6.

* COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge denied bail for a man charged with murder in the deaths of two California police officers more than 45 years ago. Gerald Mason, 68, who is also charged with rape, kidnapping and robbery, did not appear in court. Defense attorney Chris Mills said he planned to file motions questioning whether Wednesday's arrest of Mason and the search of his home were legitimate.

-- From News Services