December 13, 1995
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A man said to be a colleague of accused World Trade Center mastermind Ramzi Yousef was flown to New York Tuesday to face conspiracy charges in a plot to bomb U.S. commercial airliners in the Far East.
Sources told CNN the man is Wahli Kahn (a phonetic spelling), and that it was possible he was apprehended in the Philippines. The suspect was taken by motorcade to FBI headquarters in Manhattan.
One source told CNN the indictment against the new suspect is expected to be unsealed Wednesday.
Ramzi Yousef and another reputed colleague, Abdul Hakim Murad, are awaiting trial on charges of plotting to bomb U.S. airliners in the Far East.
Yousef is also charged in the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing and with bombing a Japanese airliner and killing a Japanese passenger.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Army will investigate the extent to which soldiers are involved in so-called extremist groups, Army secretary Togo West said Tuesday.
West, the top civilian in charge of the Army, ordered the branch-wide review after three Fort Bragg soldiers alleged to be white supremacists were charged in the murder of a black couple in Fayetteville, N.C., last week.
West said soldiers have a duty to protect Americans, and to not threaten their lives. "It is this bond, that makes active participation in extremist organizations simply inconsistent with service as a soldier."
West said he has ordered the Army's inspector general to form a task force that will help him and senior army leaders conduct the review, which he said should be completed by March 1.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The world's first drug to treat the fatal neuromuscular disease which killed baseball player Lou Gehrig will soon be available to the roughly 30,000 Americans afflicted by it.
Riluzole, approved Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration, helps prolong a patient's life by about three extra months but doesn't appear to ease their symptoms or prevent death.
A dozen tearful patients with Lou Gehrig's disease told the FDA last September that the extra time would be invaluable.
The drug will be on pharmacy shelves within six weeks under the brand name Rilutek. Manufacturer Rhone-Poulenc Rorer will announce the price next month.
The illness attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Most victims die within five years of being afflicted.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden soon have a new title: Professor Darden. The Los Angeles deputy district attorney has decided to begin teaching full-time in January at the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.
Darden will be an associate professor of law teaching trial advocacy. He will also teach in the areas of criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, and advanced criminal procedure.
"I think I have found a new calling," Darden said Tuesday in a press release through Southwestern. "Joining the Southwestern faculty full time will, on the one hand, keep me close to the law, which I love, and also allow me to be an active voice in the community."
Darden's former colleague, Marcia Clark, is an alumni at Southwestern University School of Law. About 1,200 students attend the school.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- To the screaming delight of fans, Michael Jackson on Tuesday walked out of a New York hospital where he had been treated for six days for a gastrointestinal illness that caused him to collapse on stage.
The 37-year-old entertainer was driven from Beth Israel North Hospital just after 1:45 p.m. EST in a white van to an undisclosed location.
His doctors said Monday he will require medical care and bed rest to make a complete recovery from a life-threatening viral illness that left him severely dehydrated, quickened his heart beat and lowered his blood pressure.
The infection forced Jackson to cancel a cable special that was to have aired Sunday on HBO. (587K QuickTime Movie)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - James Brady is home from the hospital to which he was admitted two weeks ago after his heart stopped briefly, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
"He's doing very well and is recuperating," said the spokeswoman for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, a gun control group headed by Brady's wife, Sarah.
Brady, President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, was released from the Fairfax Hospital in nearby Virginia Saturday. He was admitted November 28 in critical condition after his heart stopped briefly when he received an anesthetic for oral surgery at a dentist's office.
Brady, 55, was left paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after he was shot in the head by a gunman who also shot and wounded Reagan and two security officers on March 30, 1981.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Federal regulators have pulled the plug on casinos' laser light shows. The federal Food and Drug Administration banned the shows because of concern that pilots flying over Las Vegas might be temporarily blinded.
The FDA ordered the shutdown immediately within a 20-mile radius of McCarran International Airport until the casinos can show that they can keep the beams out of the eyes of pilots.
The FDA has fielded increased complaints from pilots who say they have become momentarily blinded when the laser lights flashed in their cockpits.
The federal agency usually regulates lasers as medical devices.
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