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Witness who led police to sniper suspects testifies

The man who led police to sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad after spotting his car at a Maryland rest stop said Monday he stayed on the line with 911 dispatchers for nearly three hours, giving them updates as officers moved into position.

Whitney Donahue, a refrigeration mechanic from Greencastle, Pa., testified at Muhammad's murder trial that he spotted the blue Chevrolet Caprice on Oct. 24, 2002, and believed he saw two people inside.

He said he remained on the line from 12:47 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., even though he worried about getting shot.

At one point, 911 dispatchers asked him to double-check the tags. He said he enlisted another driver to check them as he drove out.

"I really wasn't wanting to get shot," Donahue said.

About five agents rushed the vehicle from a tree line about 20 yards away, smashed the windows open and arrested Muhammad and Malvo.

Schwarzenegger names Fla. official to team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Donna Arduin, a budget official known for cutting billions in social services in Florida under Gov. Jeb Bush, has been named California's new finance director.

Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger also announced Monday that former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has agreed to become the state's new education secretary. The appointments are the first of more than 150 the new governor is expected to make in coming weeks.

Arduin is engaged in an audit of California's budget for Schwarzenegger _ a project considered critical to creating the new governor's spending plan.

Arduin resigned as Bush's budget director on Monday.

Miss., Ky. elect governors today as others go to polls

JACKSON, Miss. _ Republican powerbroker Haley Barbour is counting on his Washington connections to help him get elected governor of Mississippi on Tuesday in a race that could serve as a test of President Bush's popularity in the Deep South going into 2004.

Polls show the contest between Barbour and Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove too close to call.

Kentucky also elects a governor Tuesday, with Republican Rep. Ernie Fletcher leading in the polls against Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler. Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are holding elections for mayor.

The gubernatorial elections are seen as a bellwether for the 2004 presidential race, and they could give the GOP control of two states that have long elected Democratic governors.

In other elections Tuesday, voters could break the Republican-Democratic tie in New Jersey's state Senate, and Virginia and Mississippi will also hold legislative elections. Voters will decide on gambling issues in Maine, Indiana and Colorado; mass transit in Houston, Tucson, Ariz., and Kansas City, Mo.; and an anti-stress proposal in Denver.

In New York City, voters will decide whether to eliminate party primaries and replace them with nonpartisan runoffs in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, would advance to the general election.