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Report: FBI links "Cole' bombing, bin Laden

The FBI has uncovered a possible link between the main suspect in the Cole bombing and the No. 1 U.S. terror suspect, Osama bin Laden, according to a report appearing in this week's Newsweek.

FBI documents show a link between Jamal al-Badawi, the key Yemeni suspect in custody, and a top security adviser to bin Laden, Tawfiq al-Atash, Newsweek said in editions appearing on newsstands today.

The suicide bombing killed 17 American sailors during a refueling stop in the port of Aden on Oct. 12.

Al-Badawi allegedly helped buy the boat used by the two suicide bombers. He has reportedly told investigators that he was led to believe _ but never directly told _ that bin Laden was giving the orders.

Newsweek said the FBI papers show that two emissaries claiming to work for al-Atash _ code-named "Khaled" _ approached al-Badawi asking for his help in buying the boat.

Violent crime against

American Indians rises

WASHINGTON _ A Justice Department study of violent crime among different races shows an alarmingly high rate of violence against American Indians, while crime against other groups has fallen.

Indians were twice as likely to be victims of violent crime than blacks, whites or Asians. Indian women were victimized by their partners more than twice as often as black women but the incidents were reported less often than among blacks, according to the study, released Sunday by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The study, which looked at statistics for rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault, showed that crime against blacks, whites and Hispanics fell significantly during the study period _ 1993 through 1998.

Violent crime against blacks fell 38 percent; for whites the decline was 29 percent, and it dropped 45 percent for Hispanics.

"Discovery' undocks

from space station

CAPE CANAVERAL _ Space shuttle Discovery undocked from the international space station late Sunday night, bringing home the first, trailblazing crew of the orbiting outpost.

The two spacecraft parted company 245 miles above South America, after more than a week of linked flight.

It marked the end of 4{ months of space station duty for departing commander Bill Shepherd and the two Russian cosmonauts who served under his command.

Discovery is due back at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.

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