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Flights attract second terror watch

New intelligence indicates that British Airways flights to Washington and Air France flights to Los Angeles could be terrorist targets, U.S. officials said Friday.

The flights are the same as those that drew increased attention when the nation's terror alert raised to orange, or high, just before Christmas.

There are no plans to raise the terror alert, Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said. No flights have been delayed or canceled. However, a senior law enforcement official said U.S. officials are talking to British and French authorities and no decisions have been made about delaying or canceling flights.

Caller claims to be

Ohio highway shooter

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ In the first claim of responsibility, a man called police four times to say he was the highway shootings sniper, police said Friday.

The caller described himself as the shooter several times during the calls that arrived in a two-minute span on Monday, police said.

The man said he fired at a car that day but did not claim responsibility for any of 20 shootings since May, including the death of an auto passenger in November.

In the first call, the man said, "I'm the highway shooter." Calling back, he said he had shot into a car on Interstate 71, which intersects the outer belt around Columbus. No such shooting was reported to investigators that day.

No new shootings have been linked to the case since Jan. 22.

Kobe Bryant's lawyers

denied a look at notes

DENVER _ In a setback for Kobe Bryant, a judge ruled Friday that notes made by a victim's advocate who sat in on a police interview with the woman Bryant is accused of raping cannot be given to defense attorneys.

State District Judge Terry Ruckriegle wrote that state law provides such strong privacy protection for communications between victims and victim advocates that he cannot even review the notes in private to determine whether they are relevant.

Supreme Court justice

under fire in friend's case

Democrats are increasing their pressure on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to step aside from considering a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Supreme Court agreed last month to take up Cheney's appeal in a case that involves his refusal to disclose the identities of members of his energy task force. Three weeks later, Scalia and Cheney went duck hunting together.

Scalia maintains there was nothing improper about the trip, but it has prompted more than 20 newspaper editorial demands for him to stay out of the Cheney case.