Originally created 05/28/03

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Navy halts search for missing sailor

NORFOLK, Va. -The Navy has stopped searching the USS Nassau for a missing sailor although crew members continue to keep an eye out for him, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

"There's not an active search where we're going space by space but everyone knows the sailor is missing and they're on the lookout," the 2nd Fleet spokesman, Cmdr. Ernest Duplessis, said. "Now it's just a matter of being alert and understanding that he is missing."

A search of the Atlantic Ocean and the 833-foot amphibious assault ship began Sunday morning when Petty Officer 1st Class Shaun Dale did not appear at roll call.

The sea part of the search ended Monday, and the ship then resumed course for North Carolina, where it dropped off its contingent of Marines at Camp Lejeune. It is scheduled to return to its home port in Norfolk on Thursday.

Petty Officer Dale's status remains as missing while an investigation continues, Cmdr. Duplessis said.

Days earlier, another sailor fell overboard from the same ship. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dwayne Williams, 23, is presumed dead.

Ammonia leak closes two schools in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. -An ammonia leak from a ruptured pipeline blackened acres of trees and forced the closing of two schools Tuesday.

The leak, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Tampa, led school officials to move more than 2,000 children.

Crews shut off the ammonia supply and pumped water into the broken pipeline to try to stop the leak of toxic vapors.

Nearby residents were advised to stay inside and traffic was detoured around the leak, which happened on a main thoroughfare near an upscale development with 1,200 homes.

"We'd rather have people in their homes than out in their vehicles, where they can create more danger to themselves," said sheriff's spokesman Rod Reder.

Bomb-making supplies get teenager arrested

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -Airport police arrested a teenager on felony charges accusing him of checking a suitcase with chemicals that authorities said could be used to make a bomb.

Baggage inspectors with the Transportation Security Administration discovered the chemicals, a bomb-making instruction manual and information about bombs from the Internet in a suitcase at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, said Capt. Jeff Augrem, of the Asheville Regional Airport police.

Authorities did not release the 14-year-old boy's name because he is a juvenile. He has been charged with possessing components of mass destruction, Capt. Augrem said.

Security screeners alerted airport police, who then called the FBI, and the boy was then removed from the flight, authorities said.

The boy may face additional federal charges, FBI Agent Rich Schwein said.

Authorities gave no information on where the boy was from or whether anyone was traveling with him.


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