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Pasco man one of 4 Marines to die in crash

A helicopter crashed during a training mission at this base north of San Diego, killing all four Marines aboard, officials said.

Among those killed was Cpl. Joshua D. Harris, 21, a helicopter crew chief from Holiday, officials said. Holiday is in Pasco County.

The UH-1 Huey, a cargo-type helicopter, crashed late Thursday, Maj. T.V. Johnson said. Three of the Marines were pronounced dead at the crash site. The fourth died later at Mission Medical Center in Mission Viejo, he said.

Two of the other Marines were identified as Capt. Adam E. Miller, 29, a helicopter pilot from Midlothian, Ill., and 1st Lt. Michael S. Lawlor, 26, a helicopter pilot from Timonium, Md..

The name of the fourth Marine was withheld pending notification of relatives. Boston man freed over fingerprint error

BOSTON _ A man sentenced to at least 35 years in prison for shooting a police officer was freed Friday after prosecutors learned that a fingerprint used at his trial belonged to someone else.

Prosecutors sought the release of Stephan Cowans hours after test results indicated that a fingerprint taken from the scene of the shooting was not his.

Prosecutor David Meier told a judge he would not seek a new trial.

Cowans, who was convicted in 1998, was accused of grabbing Sgt. Greg Gallagher's pistol during a scuffle and shooting the officer.

Latest incident is 20th

in highway shooting case

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ A driver whose windshield was pierced by a bullet is the 20th known target of a highway sniper who has struck cars, school buses and buildings, investigators said Friday.

In the latest shooting, which occurred Thursday, 30-year-sold Michael Thomas of Columbus said he saw a person standing in shadows on a highway overpass just after the shooting. The driver was not hurt.

Investigators have linked 19 previous shootings that took place on or near a section of Interstate 270 on Columbus' south side. Thursday's shooting occurred about eight miles south of I-270.

No ballistic evidence was found at the scene of the latest shooting along Interstate 71, but physical evidence links it to the other shootings, Franklin County sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said. More herds quarantined

in mad cow inquiry

Herds of cows are under quarantine in three states, and agriculture officials still lack full accounting of meat that was recalled after discovery of mad cow disease in the United States a month ago.

Cows with links to the Holstein diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease have been found in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. More than 600 animals have been destroyed in the investigation.

The disease has not been detected from tests on about 150 of those animals.

Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is a threat because humans can develop a similar brain-wasting illness, a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, from eating contaminated beef products.

Investigators continue to look for about 70 cows that could have come to the United States from the same Alberta, Canada, farm where the sick Holstein was born in 1997.

Sect leader found guilty

on sex abuse charges

BRUNSWICK, Ga. _ The leader of a quasi-religious sect was convicted Friday of molesting boys and girls at the group's ancient Egyptian-style compound.

Malachi York, 58, likely will get between 20 and 30 years in prison, prosecutors said.

During the trial, 14 boys and girls from the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors said York molested them from 1998 until 2002, when federal agents raided the compound.

The government charged that York recruited older girls to groom younger girls for sex with him, and that he used the cult for his own financial gain.