Gore's son, 19, given DUI ticket by military police

Sunday, September 15, 2002

WASHINGTON -- The 19-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore has been ticketed for driving under the influence near a military base, a Gore family spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Albert Gore III, who attends Harvard University, was pulled over and ticketed by military police in the early hours of Sept. 5 just outside Fort Myer in suburban Virginia, but was not taken into custody.

He is to appear in federal court later, a Fort Myer spokesman told the Daily News of New York.

"The family is relieved that no one was hurt," said Gore family spokesman Jano Cabrera. "Beyond that they are dealing with the situation privately as a family."

CDC: Ten more deaths caused by West Nile

ATLANTA -- Ten more people have died from the West Nile virus this year, bringing the total to 64, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Four of the most recently reported deaths were in Michigan and three were in Illinois. Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska had one death each.

Those figures don't include two deaths in Massachusetts and one in Pennsylvania reported by state health officials Friday.

The CDC on Friday reported 1,438 cases of West Nile infection in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Gov. Ventura: I won't be a puppet for Fidel Castro

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has enough experience in the world to avoid being used for propaganda purposes by Fidel Castro when he visits Cuba later this month.

"For these people that think I'm some babe in the woods, heading to Cuba, and would be totally ... transfixed or misled by Castro, guess again," Ventura said in a radio broadcast Friday.

Ventura and a group of Minnesota executives plan to visit Cuba Sept. 25-28 for an agricultural exposition.

Group celebrates 20 years of exonerations

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It looked like any other late-summer barbecue. A white tent was pitched, grills were going and beer and soda were on ice.

But the reunion Saturday included guests who spent almost 200 years collectively in prison -- many on death row -- before they were proven innocent.

It was part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Centurion Ministries, a nonprofit group that tries to uncover evidence to free those wrongly imprisoned.

The work has resulted in exoneration for 26 people around the country. Eighteen attended the party thrown by Centurion founder and executive director James McCloskey.

Brush fire threatens homes in LA County

AGUA DULCE, Calif. -- 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.

--From wire reports

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