H-Bomb Suspected

In Radiation Probe

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. government said Wednesday that it is sending a team of 20 scientists to check a report of unusual radiation readings that could be coming from a hydrogen bomb that was lost off the Georgia coast in 1958.

A crippled B-47 bomber dumped the H-bomb into the Atlantic 46 years ago after the plane collided with a fighter jet during a training flight. Navy divers searched the shallow, murky waters near Tybee Island for nearly 10 weeks before declaring the bomb irretrievably lost.

Derek Duke, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who has been looking for the 7,600-pound bomb for five years, asserted recently that he had found a football-field-size area off the coast with higher-than-normal radiation levels. He suspects the area holds the lost Mark-15 bomb.

Detective Acquitted

In Drug Suspect's Death

LOUISVILLE -- A former Louisville police detective was acquitted of murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of a teenage drug suspect that stoked racial tensions in the city.

The former detective, McKenzie Mattingly, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read. The jurors -- 10 white and two black -- returned the partial verdict after more than eight hours of deliberations; the judge declared a mistrial on a separate charge of wanton endangerment after the jury was unable to reach agreement on that count.

Mattingly was charged with shooting 19-year-old Michael Newby three times in the back on Jan. 3 during an undercover drug buy.

The shooting sparked weeks of protests in Louisville, in part because Newby was the seventh black man killed by Louisville police since 1998. Mattingly is white.

* PHILADELPHIA -- A federal grand jury investigating alleged city corruption indicted seven people, including an imam with connections to leading politicians and an aide to Mayor John F. Street's chief of staff. Prosecutors allege that Shamsud-din Ali, a leader of a city mosque, used his political friendships to extort money from city vendors and paid a kickback to obtain a city contract for which he did no work. Street has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

* SEATTLE -- Mount St. Helens began rumbling more intensely, prompting scientists to warn that a small or moderate eruption could happen in the next few days. Earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2 to 2.8 were coming about four times a minute, possibly weakening the lava dome in the crater of the 8,364-foot mountain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

* DENVER -- Judge Richard Hart cleared the way for the release of documents and other evidence in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case. Hart made the move as he formally accepted the withdrawal of the NBA star's request that all the court filings be sealed. There was no word on when the material would be released.

* BOSTON -- Marko Boskic, a Bosnian accused of helping to slaughter thousands of Muslims in Srebrenica, in the former Yugoslavia, was indicted on charges that he lied about his involvement in the massacre when he filled out immigration papers.

* BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado is pressing fraternities and sororities to stop enlisting members during their first semester, after the death of Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., an 18-year-old student from Dallas who had apparently been drinking heavily with his new frat brothers. Chi Psi's Boulder chapter was suspended after Bailey's death.

-- From News Services