March 2, 1996
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DENVER, Colorado (CNN) -- Health officials blamed lizards for an outbreak of salmonella among people who visited the Denver Zoo.
The Centers for Disease Control believes visitors to the zoo's Komodo dragon exhibit contracted the disease from the Indonesian lizards placed in an open pen.
About 50 people contracted the disease. Eight were hospitalized.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Investigators have been unable to substantiate claims by Mark Fuhrman regarding his activities as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Fuhrman, a central witness in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, boasted to a screenwriter that officers routinely tampered with evidence and framed innocent people.
Simpson's attorney suggested to the jury that Fuhrman was a racist who planted evidence to frame the former football star. Tapes of Fuhrman's interviews with the screenwriter during which he repeatedly used racial slurs were central to the case.
But federal, state and local investigators who have reviewed Fuhrman's cases have been unable to turn up evidence that the stories he told the screenwriter were true.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Sixty teams of dogs showed up for the 24th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday.
The 1,150 mile race was to officially begin Sunday in Wasilla, 45 miles north of Anchorage.
Forecasters were predicting mild weather for the race, meaning the trails will be soft and slow during the day and icy and fast at night.
In San Francisco, jokesters prepared for the Urban Iditarod a spoof on the Alaska race in which racers dress up in canine costumes and push shopping carts through the city's pedestrian-challenged streets.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- In yet another bizarre twist in the O.J. Simpson saga, Simpson may have given away his gloves to a man named Fuhrman, according to a deposition transcript obtained by The Associated Press Friday.
Simpson testified he gave some of his clothes from his New York apartment to a man he knew "only as Fuhrman" just six months before the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, AP reported.
According to the transcript, after Simpson's startling testimony, a lawyer asked, "You are not saying you gave away a pair of Aris Light gloves to Mr. Fuhrman, are you?" Simpson's lawyer then broke in and said, "Don't answer that. That's a great question, though."
In Simpson's criminal trial, his lawyers accused Los Angeles Detective Mark Fuhrman of planting a bloody glove to frame their client. Deposition testimony resumes March 10, when Mark Fuhrman is scheduled to appear.
Simpson's testimony came in the seventh and eighth days of Simpson's 10-day deposition in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by relatives of Goldman and the estate of Ms. Simpson. The trial is set for September.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) -- The military has serious race-related problems, the North Carolina state NAACP said Friday.
The state NAACP came to its conclusion after a three-month investigation of soldiers and allegations of white supremacy activity in the military.
"We think all the evidence points to more serious problems than the Army is willing to acknowledge," said Kelly Alexander Jr., president of the state NAACP.
An 18-page report released Friday lists 12 recommendations, such as establishing military-base liaisons to the NAACP and requiring periodic diversity and sensitivity training for military personnel.
HAMILTON, Georgia (CNN) -- A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed Friday near a Boy Scout campground 2 miles north of Fort Benning, killing both crew members, police and military officials said.
There was no immediate word as to whether any children at the campsite were injured.
The two-seat Marine Cobra had taken off from the New River Marine Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina, before going down.
Authorities have not released the pilots' identities, nor would they say why the helicopter was 450 miles from its home base.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two crashes in two weeks prompted the Marine Corps to temporarily ground some of its Harrier combat jets Friday.
Marine Corps Commandant Charles C. Krulak ordered the 70 AV-8B Harrier jets grounded until a team of Navy and Marine experts determine whether the planes are safe to fly while investigations into the crashes are completed.
The announcement came after a Harrier crashed Thursday in California. An earlier accident occurred February 16 at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
The grounding order applies only to the daytime version of the plane, and not to the night Harrier, which has different avionics.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday was granted three more weeks to answer questions from a House committee as to her role in the White House travel office firings.
Mrs. Clinton's original deadline for answering the questions was Thursday; her new deadline is March 21.
Rep. William Clinger, R-Pennsylvania, chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, gave Mrs. Clinton the additional time to submit answers to 26 written questions on the May 1993 firings.
In a related development Thursday, another House panel approved a bill to cover legal expenses of the seven fired travel office employees.
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