9/11 Fund to Finalize

Decisions on Claims

Officials overseeing the fund set up to settle victims' claims from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will make final decisions Tuesday for awarding money to those injured or killed.

The program, which was created by Congress, had authorized $5.9 billion in payments as of Monday afternoon, ranging from $500 to $8.6 million per claim. Fund administrators have determined awards for 2,454 out of 2,963 death claims, and 2,449 injury claims out of about 4,400.

* HOUSTON -- The ringleader in the nation's deadliest immigrant-smuggling scheme pleaded guilty in connection with the deaths of 19 people abandoned in a truck trailer. Karla Patricia Chavez, 26, could receive life in prison without parole at sentencing Sept. 13. The trailer was abandoned at a truck stop near Victoria, Tex., in May 2003.

* LOS ANGELES -- Police arrested Kevin Lee Graff, 27, in the deaths of two neighbors who were found slain in their homes. Morley Hal Engleson, 67, a retired physician, was arranging a flight Sunday when an agent for Southwest Airlines overheard a disturbance, police said. Officers found Engleson dead in his house and the head of Robert Lees, 91, a screenwriter who lived in a home behind Engleson's, in the back yard. Lees's body was found in his house.

* The League of Women Voters rescinded its support of paperless voting machines after hundreds of angry members voiced concern that paper ballots are the only way to safeguard elections from fraud, hackers or computer malfunctions.

-- From News Services