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Navajo chief gets prison

An Indian judge Monday sentenced suspended Navajo Tribal Chairman Peter MacDonald to nearly six years in prison for taking bribes and kickbacks from companies selling to the largest Indian tribe in the United States. MacDonald's son, Peter MacDonald Jr. of San Jose, Calif., received 18 months in prison. Businessmen testified they paid MacDonald thousands of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for contracts on the reservation.Garage door safety urged

WASHINGTON _ At least 46 children have died over the last eight years when they were struck by closing automatic garage doors, government safety experts said Monday. The Consumer Product Safety Commission urged homeowners to check garage door openers and have them repaired or replaced immediately if they fail to reverse after striking an object. It also advised homeowners to relocate wall switches out of the reach of children and to keep remote control units in the car glove box.

Humpback whale is beached

SAN FRANCISCO _ A whale that scientists believe may be Humphrey, the errant humpback whose 1985 odyssey through the Sacramento River Delta captured widespread attention, was fighting for its life Monday after beaching itself in San Francisco Bay. During a day of high drama, the humpback struggled free after beaching itself in the morning near Candlestick Park only to re-beach itself during the afternoon off Hunter's Point. As nightfall and low tide approached, marine biologists in rubber dinghies threw wet blankets onto the apparently sick and disoriented creature in an attempt to keep him hydrated and alive. One biologist said based on the whale's markings, "we are 90 percent certain it is Humphrey."

Elsewhere . . .

NEW YORK _ Mayor David Dinkins cut his salary and that of nearly 700 other bureaucrats by 5 percent Monday in a move reflecting the city's tough financial times. Dinkins also froze salaries for 4,000 other managerial employees for a total estimated savings of more than $4-million.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. _ A teen who pretended to hang from a gallows as part of a Halloween hayride died while performing the stunt over the weekend. There was no indication of foul play, officials said.

WASHINGTON _ The Justice Department said Monday it was looking into the killing of hundreds of birds as part of a government study designed to bolster its case against Exxon Corp. over last year's Alaskan oil spill. News reports last week said more than 200 seabirds were shot, coated with oil, returned to the water, then retrieved in an attempt to determine how many birds had been killed.