5 Killed, 6 Injured

In Georgia Robberies

TIFTON, Ga. -- Five men were killed and at least six other people were wounded in what appeared to be a string of robberies targeting Hispanic immigrants at trailer parks early Friday, authorities said.

The victims were attacked with handguns and an aluminum baseball bat, said Vernon M. Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"We believe the same two suspects committed all four home invasions," Keenan added.

All the dead were immigrants from Mexico, and all but one belonged to the same family, said Francisco Dominguez, whose uncle and a cousin were killed in their trailer.

Among the injured, two were in critical condition and three other were serious, said Keenan said. He said the attackers were believed to be two black men.

Colquitt County Sheriff Al Whittington said the attacks did not appear to be hate crimes. Instead, he believes they may be linked to other robberies of immigrants in the past two weeks. Immigrants "carry large sums of cash and that makes them an easy prey," Whittington said. "I don't think it has anything to do with race or hate."

* NEW YORK -- Imam Intikab Habib, the fire department's Muslim chaplain, resigned after saying that a conspiracy, not 19 hijackers, may have been responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center towers. He had told Newsday that fire alone could not have brought down the twin steel towers.

* ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two Muslim men accused in an FBI sting face new charges of helping a terrorist organization, a year after the judge in the case said there was no evidence connecting them to extremist groups. A federal grand jury indicted Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain late Thursday on nine new charges each, including conspiracy to provide material support to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, which the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.

* PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge gave federal agencies one year to develop a way to keep threatened and endangered salmon from being killed by hydroelectric dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Federal officials had asked for two years.

* HONOLULU -- Hawaii banned fishing within three miles of the largely uninhabited islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, home to endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles. The state sought a federal fishing ban within 50 miles of the 1,200-mile island chain.

* NEW YORK -- A school bus returning from a teacher's funeral overturned on a Bronx expressway, injuring more than 50 adults and children, authorities said.

* TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey agreed to give $12.5 million to four boys who were allegedly starved by their adoptive parents, state officials said. State welfare workers had visited the boys' home regularly to check on the family's foster child but did not take action regarding the bone-thin adopted boys.

-- From News Services