Analyst Indicted Over

Classified Documents

A Defense Department analyst was indicted by a federal grand jury in West Virginia yesterday on a charge that he improperly kept classified government documents concerning Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and Iraq.

The one-count indictment against Lawrence Franklin mirrors charges first filed against him last month, when prosecutors said 83 classified documents dating back three decades were found in his West Virginia home.

Franklin has also been charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria with conspiring to give classified information to a foreign government.

The charges are part of an investigation into whether classified U.S. information was provided to the government of Israel.

Sources familiar with the case have said that two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying organization, could also face charges in the investigation.

Academy Chaplain

Resigns From Air Force

A chaplain who was removed from her duties at the U.S. Air Force Academy in May after she criticized evangelical Christian efforts to convert cadets submitted her resignation from the Air Force.

Capt. MeLinda S. Morton resigned one day before the Air Force was scheduled to release a religious-climate report dealing specifically with such issues at the academy. Morton has openly criticized the academy's willingness to tolerate what she called "a pervasive evangelical climate that is threatening to members of other faith groups and disregards the constitutional separation of church and state."

Morton, a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, had served as a chaplain at the academy in Colorado Springs since December 2002 and was removed from her duties as executive officer of the chaplain unit on May 4. Academy officials said she was replaced to ensure continuity in the post, which she was set to vacate in July for a transfer to Okinawa.

* RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke University has told thousands of patients whose surgical instruments were mistakenly washed in hydraulic fluid that there is no risk of getting infections as a result. The university hospital system did not address patients' fears that the mistake has led to an increased risk of autoimmune or other noninfectious disorders. In a letter sent this week to nearly 4,000 patients, the university cited a risk study done by an outside researcher that it had hired.

* A "probable" case of West Nile virus infection was detected in a northwestern Kansas resident. This would be the first human case in the nation this year, and it was reported almost a month later than last year's first incident, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The unidentified person, 51, was treated for a fever, headache and muscle aches, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported. The person, whose symptoms were discovered last month, has recovered.

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