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August 19, 1996
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Olympic bombing suspect, still not charged, mulls lawsuits


ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The only publicly identified suspect in the fatal Centennial Olympic Park bombing is considering suing people and institutions he claims are "persecuting" him.

Richard Jewell, who remains the FBI's primary suspect in the July 27 attack, has hired civil attorneys to review his options. Even without being charged, he has been hit by lawsuits from bombing victims, at least one alleging negligence.

But legal analysts suggested Monday it would be difficult for Jewell to collect damages from either the government or the media, as they have only identified him has a suspect.

The Justice Department is investigating how Jewell's name was leaked publicly.

Correspondent Charles Zewe contributed to this report.

Boy saved by gorilla may return home this week

MAYWOOD, Illinois (CNN) -- A 3-year-old boy rescued by a gorilla after falling into a primate exhibit has improved significantly and may return home within days, hospital officials said Monday.

The boy suffered head injuries and a facial laceration Friday after he fell about 20 feet into the exhibit, where eight gorillas were roaming. A female gorilla picked him up and placed him in an area where zoo officials could reach him.

The boy has been moved out of intensive care, and he spoke with his family and ate pudding Monday. He does not appear to remember the event at Brookfield Zoo, his doctor said.

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