Cuban Exile Accused in Plot

Is U.S. Resident, Lawyer Says

EL PASO -- The lawyer for a Cuban exile accused of planning the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976 argued Monday that his client never gave up his U.S. residency and asked that court proceedings on immigration charges be moved to Florida.

Luis Posada Carriles, 77, is charged with entering the country illegally this year in a case that has sparked an international battle. Several Latin American and Caribbean governments are demanding his deportation and retrial as a terrorist in Venezuela.

A foe of Fidel Castro, Posada is not charged with a crime in the United States in connection with the bombing but could be deported. Posada was twice acquitted in Venezuela of charges related to the bombing that killed 73 people when the airliner crashed off the coast of Barbados. He escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985 as a prosecutor's appeal was pending. He was arrested in Miami last month and has been held in a federal detention center in El Paso since then. He said he sneaked into the country from Mexico in mid-March.

* PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen, 80, watched from a wheelchair as jury selection began in his murder trial in one of the most shocking crimes of the civil rights era -- the 1964 slayings of three voter-registration volunteers. The slayings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner galvanized the civil rights movement and helped win passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

* DENVER -- Steve David Garcia Jr., an insulin-dependent diabetic convicted of trying to kill his wife three days after she asked for a divorce, won a chance for a new trial when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3 that low blood sugar can cause involuntary intoxication and leave someone incapable of following the law.

* BOSTON -- An outbreak of toxic red tide algae that has caused officials to close most shellfish beds from Maine to Massachusetts also forced state officials to close federal waters, extending the affected area by thousands of square miles. The harvesting of clams and mussels is banned as far as 100 miles from shore, up from three miles last week.

* RALEIGH, N.C. -- About 3,800 patients at two hospitals run by the Duke University Health System were operated on last year with instruments washed in hydraulic fluid instead of detergent, hospital regulators said. Duke Health Raleigh and Durham Regional hospitals put patients in "immediate jeopardy" in November and December by not detecting the problem, despite complaints from medical staff about slick tools, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An elevator company drained hydraulic fluid into empty detergent barrels last summer. The detergent supplier picked up the barrels and mistakenly redistributed them as washing fluid, the centers said.

* FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A World War II-era cargo plane crashed soon after takeoff and burned in the middle of a street in a residential neighborhood, authorities said. Pilot Charles Riggs, co-pilot Charles Wirt and passenger Hector Espinoza were hospitalized in fair condition. Their DC-3 had been headed to the Bahamas. Two people on the ground also were injured.

-- From News Services