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AS • SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS AROUND THE WORLD Briefs Late-model 737s to be inspected for defects WASHINGTON (AP) — The government ordered inspections Saturday of the latest generation of Boeing 737s (lying worldwide to see if any have potentially defective flight control modules that could make the planes hard to control. The Federal Aviation Administration's emergency order, which covers 737s in the 737-600 through 900 series that were produced since May 21, gives airlines 10 days to complete the review. Most of the 93 aircraft are in service, but some may be still at Boeing, FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said. Kach plane has two modules that control hydraulic fluid to the flight control system. A failure of both modules could significantly affect a plane's flight control systems by almost jamming the controls, making the jetliner sluggish and very difficult to operate, Takemoto said. He said the airworthiness order requires carriers to check the serial numbers before flying again and replace those with the suspect serial numbers. The FAA has no jurisdiction over foreign carriers, but they almost always follow its recommendations. Extremist march dwarfed by counter-demonstration POTSDAM, Germany (AP) — A march against Jewish immigration by some 75 members of an extreme-right party was dwarfed Saturday by a counter-demonstration by more than 10 times the number of people. More than 1,000 people, including unionists, religious groups, political parties and the governor of Brandenburg showed up to protest the march organized by the National Democratic Party, known by its German initials, NPD. Some 300 NPD members were expected, but only about 75 showed up for the morning rally, police said. They marched for two hours along a policed-lined route under banners with the slogan "End the mass immigration of Russian Jews — Germany for Germans." There were no incidents of violence, police said. Brandenburg's Social Democrat governor, Matthias Platzeck, criticized a Friday night court decision that allowed the march on the grounds of the right to free speech. "With all respect to independent courts, I don't understand this ruling," Platzeck said. Since the end of the Cold War, Germany has accepted tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Numbering 30,000 just a decade ago, Germany's Jewish population quickly is approaching 100,000. Earthquake hits India's southeast; two are killed • NEW DELHI, India (AP) — A strong earthquake hit India's southeast early Saturday, killing at least two people and damaging some homes on the Andaman islands, officials said. The epicenter of the magnitude-6 tremor was in the sea some 1,500 miles southeast of the Indian capital, said J.L. Gautam, an official at the New Delhi Meteorology Department. The first tremor was at 3:59 a.m. and was followed by several aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5. Two people were killed when a wall collapsed in the Andaman Islands, and a jetty at Ariel Bay on Middle Andaman island was damaged, said Jaidev Sarangi, a New Delhi-based liaison officer for the islands. The tremors, that lasted for about two minutes, set off a tidal wave and damaged several shops and houses near the jetty, according to shipping officials in the southern coastal city of Madras. The region, a string of more than 300 forested tropical islands with a population of more than 340,000 people, is highly prone to earthquakes. Strong tremors were also felt in Smith Island, Ross Island, and Kalaghat Baratang, but they were mild in Mayabunder and Port Blair — the gateway to the islands. Brush fire threatens homes in Los Angeles County AGUA DULCE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire threatened dozens of homes and power lines Saturday, prompting a voluntary evacuation, fire officials said. The evacuation involved 200 homes in north Los Angeles County as fire crews battled the blaze in temperatures approaching 100 degrees, said Jerry Vandenberg, battalion chief for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. "It's growing, it's running," he said. "The winds were gusting up to 15 mph. It's just very dry. We haven't had rain in a long time." Fire Capt. Brian Jordan said crews were stationed near canyon homes to keep flames at bay The fire was about a mile from dozens of homes near Agua Dulce. The fire had scorched 250 acres and was about 25 percent contained by afternoon. Agua Dulce is about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Senate bill would speed DNA testing in rape cases WASHINGTON (AP)—A plan to speed testing of hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from unsolved rape cases to reduce a national backlog of untested evidence is headed for the House after the Senate passed it without dissent. The DNA samples, which could identify or clear suspects in hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases, now sit untouched at police laboratories across the country because of a lack of money. That would change under the measure the Senate approved Thursday night. It would authorize $335 million for state and local laboratories to analyze evidence in up to 500,000 untested rape kits, where DNA and other evidence from a victim or crime scene are collected and labeled. The bill would spend up to $275 million over five years to allow labs to analyze DNA evidence. Another $50 million would be authorized to improve training for collection and handling of such evidence, and $10 million would be used to build up a national databank of DNA samples collected from felons. A 1999 government report found at least 180,000 untested rape kits around the nation. That total since has grown to an estimated 500,000 untested rape kits. Livestock producers hit hard by drought WASHINGTON (AP) — It can't get much worse for livestock producers, already hit by drought and low prices. While farmers tighten their budgets to outlast hard times,' consumers are finding bargains at the supermarket, particularly on pork. Those deals on meat, however, probably will not last long, analysts say. "From a meat standpoint, we're almost surely looking at diminished supplies of beef and pork next year," says Dan Vaught, an analyst with AG Edwards & Sons. Come next summer, when pork-lovers want to enjoy tender ribs, Vaught says consumers should expect to pay more. "Farm and wholesale prices are pretty closely linked, but there seems to be a bit of a lag before those impact the retail sector," he said. Hog prices sank to $20 dollars per hundredweight and lower last month, a stark contrast to the nearly $60 per hundredweight that farmers saw in 1997. The recent drop sent some farmers into a panic. Vaught and some economists suspect the worried farmers sold to meatpackers sows they were thinking about breeding for future herds, and flooded the market. "We've also had a lot higher production than was previously anticipated in the pork side in particular," Vaught says. Cattle ranchers have seen better days, too. The drought led cattlemen in drought-stricken areas to sell herds they could not afford to feed because pastures and fields where they grow grain are scorched. The weather is not the only factor causing problems. Russia banned chicken products from the United States for several months. Although the dispute was recently -resolved, it caused a backup in meat storage. Chicken filled the freezers that would usually be filled with pork and beef products. Mad cow disease was discovered last spring in Japan, one of the largest markets for U.S. beef. The outbreak of the infectious disease slowed beef trade. 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