High Alert Dropped

For N.Y. Subways

NEW YORK -- New York called off a high alert for the city's subways Monday after detainees in Iraq thought to be plotting to bomb the nation's biggest transit system indicated the threat lacked credibility and the attack date cited in a federal warning -- Sunday, Oct. 9 -- passed without incident.

Enhanced subway security had included more bag searches plus an increase in uniformed and undercover officers patrolling the largest mass-transit system in the United States.

Federal and local law enforcement officials said the alert was based on information from a normally reliable source whose warning led to the arrests of three suspects in Iraq.

"In the course of the debriefing they did not corroborate the threat information," said a law enforcement official who declined to be named because the information is classified. "At least two of the three were found to be truthful in saying they were unaware of the New York City subway plot."

* ALSTEAD, N.H. -- Prolonged heavy rain caused flooding from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, killing at least 10 people and forcing hundreds to evacuate as dams weakened and roads washed away.

* DENVER -- A powerful storm that dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Colorado knocked out electricity to thousands of people, closed an 80-mile stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver and triggered rock slides in the foothills. The storm was blamed for at least three deaths. Authorities said a 73-year-old Denver woman died after a tree limb struck her, and a man and a woman died after their van skidded off I-76 northeast of the city.

* OAKDALE, Calif. -- Golden West Nuts co-owner Jon Hoff and a manager, John Becerra, face felony charges of violating health, safety and pesticide standards after a hose ruptured and sprayed almond orchard worker Arturo Becerra, who is John Becerra's brother, with pesticide, causing life-threatening injuries. The two men are the first employees of a California company in more than a decade to face criminal charges for improperly using pesticides, according to the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.

* ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio -- Police searched for Rey Serrano, 19, who allegedly drove his car into a crowd on a sidewalk, killing one man and injuring five, after a confrontation about the soccer match Mexico won over Guatemala to qualify for the World Cup. Police said Serrano fled after the car hit a utility pole. Serrano, who also goes by the names Ilario Vasquez and Angel, was charged with one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

* COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that grandparents can be awarded visitation rights with grandchildren over a parent's wishes in some circumstances. The court's unanimous decision sided with maternal grandparents who wanted to visit a granddaughter after the death of her mother but were challenged by the girl's father.

* MONTCLAIR, Calif. -- Police shot and wounded a man who allegedly took over a freight train with a bow and arrow. Juventino Vallejo-Camerena boarded the Union Pacific train Sunday night as it was stopped for a signal and threatened the engineer and conductor, the only people on board, police Capt. Keith Jones said. The crew members escaped and called police.

* CHATTANOOGA -- A man who said he was heeding a directive from God when he fatally shot his parents and used a chain saw to dismember his mother's body pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. Philip Badowski, 23, entered the plea to first-degree murder after a judge turned down his attorney's motion to suppress evidence in the December 2004 slayings of the parents, Chester "Chet" Badowski Jr., 47, and Christine Badowski, 46.

-- From News Services

Lewis Sharpe of Philadelphia treks across a hill in Snowmass Village, Colo., in snowfall that dropped up to 20 inches and closed parts of I-70. "Today just didn't turn out to be a mountain-biking day," he said.