Missing Federal Employees

Are Found Alive in N.M.

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Two federal government employees who had been missing overnight in the high mountains near Santa Fe Ski Basin, where temperatures fell into the teens, were found alive yesterday, cold, tired and hungry.

Dan Murray and Richard Armijo were being checked out medically but seemed to be fine, state police Lt. Robert Shilling said.

A television cameraman who had been with them was found earlier and treated at a hospital.

Murray and Armijo, employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, had been measuring the depth of the snowpack in the Aspen Vista area, a trailhead near the ski basin. Cameraman Rhett Muse of KOAT-TV was with them, reporting on the drought.

The group became disoriented Friday in heavy snow, Shilling said.

Police and rescue teams began searching Friday afternoon after KOAT, in Albuquerque, reported that Muse had failed to file a story as planned.

* LOS ANGELES -- Newly released federal documents suggest that the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale helped Enron Corp. traders manipulate California's energy market to drive up prices, a newspaper report said. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission documents show municipal utility managers even quizzed employees on a Fat Boy strategy -- the nickname Enron gave a trading scheme to create the appearance of power shortages. Several wrote on a February 2000 test that it involved splitting profits or losses with Enron, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Glendale utility was among several public agencies that allegedly engaged in price gouging during the state's 2000-2001 power crisis, but it stands out because of the sheer volume and detail of evidence against it, the newspaper said.

* EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A jury awarded $250 million to a retired steelworker who alleged U.S. Steel Corp. exposed him to asbestos that caused his lung cancer. Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron said he might issue an order later regarding the punitive damages. In addition to $50 million in compensatory damages, the jury ordered U.S. Steel to pay Roby Whittington $200 million in punitive damages for failing to warn him about the risk of asbestos. U.S. Steel attorney Ed Matushek said the company would probably appeal.

* RAEFORD, N.C. -- A man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old neighbor, who disappeared in June 1999 and recently turned up in Mexico, was arrested in rural northeast North Carolina, authorities said. Hector Majarro Frausto, 22, who is wanted on first-degree kidnapping and felony statutory rape charges, was arrested Friday, said Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. Authorities had been looking for Frausto since last week, when Dana Pevia contacted officials in Mexico to report herself missing. The girl, now 15, returned to Raeford on Wednesday with her two young children.

-- From News Services