Malibu mudslides kill 3, close road

  Paul Leavitt; Jonathan T. Lovitt ; Gary Fields


  USA Today


  Page 03A

  (Copyright 1994)


  A predawn downpour in Malibu, Calif., Sunday triggered mudslides that

  damaged 21 homes and caused three traffic deaths. Up to 2 inches of rain

  deluged the area, sending mud and debris cascading onto Pacific Coast Highway.

  A 6-mile stretch of the road will remain closed today. And geologists worry

  built-up debris in canyons could threaten lower grounds. "If we get a good

  soaking I'd hate to see what's going to come down here," said Los Angeles

  County Fire Capt. Larry Collins. Elsewhere: Residents thawed out this weekend

  with record highs stretching from North Carolina to Caribou, Maine. A week of

  above-average temperatures in the Midwest brought melting and local flooding

  but eased the spring flood threat. Still, forecasters said conditions there over the

  next month - March typically brings heavy snow - could increase flood potential.


  CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT: The NAACP said Saturday it will include

  controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in an upcoming national

  summit, despite concerns that he embraces racist and anti-Semitic views.

  Saturday, on Black Entertainment Television, Farrakhan said there's a Jewish

  media conspiracy to destroy him. "Why is it that we have so many stories about a

  Jewish Holocaust," he asked, "but there is nothing that is said of the holocaust to

  black people, which was 100 times worse." A poll of 504 blacks, conducted for

  Time magazine and CNN and released Saturday, found 32% admire Farrakhan,

  54% said he speaks the truth, 45% say he's "a good role model for black youth"

  and 29% said he's "a bigot and a racist.


  BUZZARDS: A flock of about 200 black vultures in Stafford County, Va., have

  eaten ducks and attacked dogs, cats and horses, horrified residents say. The

  species is more aggressive than the common red-headed turkey vultures. Virginia

  agriculture official Bob Thomas says even toddlers might not be safe from the

  birds. "When they're hungry, meat's meat."


  CLINTON CHANGES COURSE: President Clinton, wearing a T-shirt with "In

  the line of fire" emblazoned above cross hairs, changed his usual jogging route

  Saturday, at one point going down a dead-end alley. It wasn't known if the

  change was linked to the arrest last week of Ronald Gene Barbour, 39, of

  Orlando, Fla., charged with threatening to kill Clinton during a jog. The T-shirt

  refers to a recent Clint Eastwood film about a presidential assassination plot.


  ALSO . . .


  CHURCH POLL: Most Roman Catholic priests and nuns disagree with the

  church's ban on married clergy and artificial birth control, but overwhelmingly

  support opposition to abortion, euthanasia, sex between singles and homosexual

  behavior, a Los Angeles Times poll Sunday found.


  NATIONALIST DIES: Oscar Collazo, a militant advocate of Puerto Rican

  independence jailed 29 years for the 1950 attack on President Truman's

  temporary home in Washington, died Sunday of a stroke. He was 80.


  BOAT CAPSIZES: The U.S. Coast Guard helped search for up to 40 Haitians

  tossed into the Atlantic Ocean when their 23-foot boat bound for Florida

  capsized off the Bahamas. At least five drowned: a woman and four children.


  HOMOSEXUAL BIAS BAN: The $8.6 billion Los Angeles earthquake relief bill

  signed by President Clinton last week includes a prohibition against

  discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Homosexual-rights advocates

  hailed the provision as a first. It was part of a a last-minute compromise in a ban

  on quake aid to illegal immigrants.


  HEALTH STUDY: The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., will

  investigate to see if there is a link between high cancer rates among neighbors

  and the hazardous waste it burned for decades, Newsweek reports.


  Plunging into 50th anniversary


  Oscar Mendoza and his war buddies took a big leap Saturday - from 3,000 feet.

  The World War II paratroopers, some in their mid-80s, want to jump into

  Normandy, France, again to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the June 6,

  1944, invasion. Pentagon officials, cool to the idea, said the men must practice

  before they'd even be considered. There were no injuries when 33 veterans of the

  82nd and 101st Airborne landed in a muddy field near San Diego. "The war was

  a big thing in my life," said Mendoza, 74, of San Gabriel, Calif. "The jump

  means an awful lot."


  Contributing: Cathy Chestnut, Steve Marshall and Jane Schmucker

  PHOTO,b/w,Bob Riha Jr.,Gamma-Liaison; PHOTO,b/w,Robert A. Martin,The

  Free Lance-Star; PHOTO,b/w,Dana Fisher,AP