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Crackdown yields 26,126 tickets

MONTGOMERY — Alabama state troopers issued 26,126 tickets in a five-day statewide crackdown this week aimed at reducing speeds and preventing highway deaths.

The troopers wrote 11,931 tickets for speeding and 4,995 for seat belt or child restraint violations. Some 17,991 arrests described as hazardous were made.

For a comparable period last August, troopers, with fewer officers on the highways, issued a total of 5,932 tickets. The number of speeding tickets was not included in the summary released Saturday, but troopers made 4,506 hazardous arrests.

The Department of Public Safety launched its five-day “Take Back Our Highways” crackdown on Monday and put an extra 200 troopers on the roads through Friday, joining about 331 officers on regular duty.

2 more arrested
in students’ slaying

TRENTON, N.J. — Authorities arrested two more suspects Saturday in the slayings of three college students who were shot execution-style in a schoolyard, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to five.

The additional suspects were found in suburban Washington, authorities said. A spokeswom-an for the mayor of Newark, where the killings occurred, said the two were brothers.

Rodolfo Godinez, a 24-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant, was arrested in Oxon Hill, Md., just north of the I-495 Beltway. An unidentified 16-year-old was arrested in the Woodbridge, Va., area. Both were awaiting extradition to New Jersey, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Sorukas said.

The search team staked out the address in Maryland where Godinez was staying after receiving a tip that he planned to flee to Texas and then Mexico, according to a U.S. marshal.

5 killed in crash
near Alaskan island

JUNEAU, Alaska — A sightseeing airplane crashed near this island city in Southeast Alaska, killing five people, including a 3-year-old boy, his parents and his grandfather, authorities said.

Four people survived the crash Thursday, including the boy’s grandmother and twin sister, who was in critical condition in a Seattle hospital, officials and neighbors of the Oregon family said.

Ketchikan Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert said the SeaWind Aviation plane crashed into a tree at Traitors Cove, about 25 miles north of Ketchikan. Jerry Kiffer with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said the plane went down on land along the shore. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said it couldn’t be immediately confirmed that the plane hit a tree, but several trees were burning after the crash.

Billy Graham rests while in hospital

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Evangelist Billy Graham was resting comfortably Saturday at a hospital near his home after being admitted earlier in the day for evaluation and treatment of an intestinal bleed, hospital officials said.

Graham, 88, was fully conscious and alert. Doctors said the illness did not appear to be life-threatening, said Graham’s spokesman, Larry Ross. He estimated the ailing preacher, who visiting with members of his family, could be released from the hospital in a couple of days.

Listed in fair condition, Graham’s blood pressure was good and there were no signs of new bleeding Saturday evening, said a statement released by Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville.

The hospital said Graham’s condition had stabilized in the hours following his admission, and a endoscopy and a bleeding scan found no areas of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

Army: Bloggers not breaching security

DENVER — An Army investigative report found that official Army Web sites violated operational security more than military bloggers.

An Army official whose name was not revealed said in government documents published in Wired magazine that the Army’s 10-person Web security unit is being diverted from reviewing official sites by attention to soldiers’ personal blogs.

According to the documents — which have many portions blacked out — audits performed by the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell, based in Virginia, found at least 1,813 violations of operational security on 878 official military Web sites and only 28 on 594 soldier blogs reviewed between January 2006 and January 2007. The report was obtained under orders from a federal district court.

compiled from wire reports

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