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INFORMANT: POLICE LIED ABOUT SHOOTING

The informant who Atlanta police say led them to the house where an elderly woman was killed in a drug raid is accusing the officers involved of asking him to go along with a story they concocted after the shooting, police Chief Richard Pennington said Monday. A multi-agency investigation is ongoing.

Kathryn Johnston, 88, was shot to death Nov. 21 as the drug investigators burst into her house. The officers said they were returning her fire.

Police officials have said the officers went to Johnston's house after the informant purchased drugs there from a man identified only as "Sam."

However, the informant denied to police and WAGA-TV that he had been to Johnston's house. He said one of the drug officers called him soon after the shooting with instructions to talk about "Sam."

WASHINGTON

EPA okays spraying pesticides on water

The Bush administration pleased farmers and frustrated environmentalists Monday by declaring that pesticides can be sprayed into and over waters without first obtaining special permits. The heavily lobbied decision is popular among those who spray pesticides for a living but worries those who fear poisoned waters will result. Environmental Protection Agency officials concluded that a pesticide, when it's deliberately applied, isn't a "pollutant" under the terms of the 1972 Clean Water Act, so federal "discharge" permits aren't necessary when using pesticides to control waterborne pests.

Elsewhere ...

WASHINGTON: An FBI computer system that quickly screens gun buyers' backgrounds for criminal activity crashed several times over the past two days, potentially allowing buyers to purchase firearms without being screened if sellers gave up on making the required check, officials said Monday.

TOLEDO, OHIO: A former GOP fundraiser convicted of embezzling from a state investment in rare coins must repay the state $13.7-million, a judge ruled Monday. Tom Noe was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison.

NEW ORLEANS: The police chief, reeling from the deaths of six people over the holiday weekend, said Monday that he would ask the governor to keep National Guard troops in the city past the end of the year, when their mission to help patrol hurricane-damaged neighborhoods was supposed to end.

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