Planned School Killing in

Mass. Thwarted, Police Say

BOSTON -- A plan by a teenager to kill teachers and students next April, the same month a massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado took place in 1999, was foiled by the arrest of a Massachusetts student last month, police said on Wednesday.

Police said the 16-year-old, being held without bail in a Massachusetts jail, was arrested after police in Marshfield found maps of the teenager's school that showed gas lines and doorways, and evidence that he had exploded bombs in a wooded area. Marshfield is about 30 miles southeast of Boston.

Police Chief William Sullivan said that the student has named the teachers and students "who were going to be murdered" next April.

On April 20, 1999, the nation's worst school shooting occurred when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide.

Meanwhile, in Texas, Cedar Park police charged two boys, 15 and 16, with making terroristic threats. Their names were not released. They were being held at a juvenile detention facility.

The boys planned a shooting during a pep rally at Vista Ridge High School in suburban Austin, and had discussed which students they intended to target, Cedar Park Police Capt. Jeff Hayes said.

* SAN DIEGO -- A federal grand jury indicted a hunter who allegedly started the largest wildfire in California history. Sergio Martinez, 34, was indicted on one count of setting timber on fire and one count of making a false statement to a federal officer. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison. The 2003 blaze, called the Cedar fire, killed 15 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and charred 273,000 acres stretching from San Diego to the mountains east of the city.

* WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida appeals court ruled that prosecutors did not violate Rush Limbaugh's privacy rights when they seized his medical records for an investigation into his use of painkillers. Investigators raided doctors' offices last November to see if the radio commentator had engaged in "doctor shopping," or illegally visiting several doctors to receive duplicate prescriptions. Limbaugh has not been charged with a crime.

* HUNTSVILLE, Tex. -- Ernest Willis, 59, walked out of prison a free man after 17 years on death row for a crime that may never have occurred. Willis was convicted of setting a 1986 fire that killed two sleeping women in Iraan, 230 miles west of San Antonio, but there are indications it was an accident.

* NEW YORK -- Charges against 227 antiwar protesters who were arrested during the Republican National Convention were dismissed by a Manhattan Criminal Court judge at the request of the district attorney's office because the march was nonviolent and resulted in no damage.

-- From News Services