Man accused of burning money held in Sweden

Sunday, September 15, 2002

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- An American passenger was briefly detained after allegedly burning dollar bills on a flight from Newark, N.J. to Stockholm, Swedish police said.

The American, whose name was not disclosed, was handcuffed by police outside the gate after the Scandinavian Airlines System flight landed at Arlanda International Airport on Friday. He was released pending further questioning of witnesses, Prosecutor Tomas Torne said.

"Apparently he was drunk," airport police officer Bengt Andersson said.

Witnesses told police the man set fire to dollar bills and that nearby passengers extinguished them. The passenger was unruly during the remainder of the flight, the police report said.

Verizon seeks phone lines under WTC site in suit

NEW YORK -- Telecommunications company Verizon is suing to block reconstruction of a building destroyed with the World Trade Center towers because the construction plan doesn't allow it access to crucial phone lines.

The site chosen for the new 7 World Trade Center building covers the access point to an underground vault containing 180,000 Verizon lines and switches, a key part of the company's network.

Verizon demanded in the lawsuit filed Friday that Empire State Development Corporation either agree to redesign the building or pay to move the network.

The original 7 World Trade Center housed a Con Edison substation and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's emergency command center. The building was destroyed when the twin towers collapsed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ex-Russian president gets checkup in Berlin

BERLIN -- Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was in a Berlin cardiology center Saturday for a routine checkup and was expected to be released in a day, the hospital said.

The 71-year-old, who underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery in November 1996, is being treated by the hospital's chief surgeon, Roland Hetzer, and is doing well, the hospital said.

Russia's Interfax news agency, citing Yeltsin spokesman Vladimir Shevchenko, reported the former president had a 40-minute examination and was declared to be in "excellent health."

He is expected to be released today in time to attend the final round of the women's Volleyball World Championships, where he is the guest of honor. He is also expected to visit with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

--From wire reports

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