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Patriotic-image ad uses German, not U.S., soldier

DALLAS (AP) -- Seeking a patriotic image for an advertisement, lieutenant governor hopeful David Dewhurst's campaign put a uniformed soldier against the backdrop of the American flag. Trouble is, it was a uniformed German soldier.

A full-color, four-page ad published this week in Texas Monthly shows the officer in crisp, gilt-edge dress blues against the stars and stripes. But the uniform is complete with military insignia and a name-tag bearing the German flag.

The mistake was not noticed until after the magazine went on sale.

Dewhurst served in the Air Force and was a Central Intelligence Agency agent. The ad urges readers to support "the brave men and women of our armed forces as they fight to eliminate terrorism and work to restore confidence in our economy."

Web sites culled of data deemed useful to terrorists

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey officials removed from the Internet some Web pages that officials fear could be useful to terrorists in planning attacks.

The state Department of Environmental Protection recently removed a database listing the hazardous chemicals and substances used or stored at 33,000 businesses throughout the state.

The department also removed maps showing New Jersey's reservoirs, which serve 4 million people.

The reservoir information is available on paper maps of the state. But the DEP felt it was safer to remove it from the Internet, where it could be downloaded and used in computer mapping programs, a spokeswoman said.

The federal government also has pulled Web pages it believes could aid terrorists.

OMB Watch, a group that keeps tabs on the White House Office of Management and Budget, said federal agencies have removed information about the nation's nuclear sites, energy plants, pipelines, road mapping data, aviation enforcement actions and a report critical of the lack of security at many chemical plants.

Carjacking killer pleads guilty, avoids death penalty

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The shooter in the carjacking murders of two college students pleaded guilty Friday in a deal that will spare him the death penalty.

Gregory Floyd, 21, admitted for the first time to shooting Jason Burgeson, 20, and Amy Shute, 21, at a remote golf course in June 2000. Under the plea deal, Floyd will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A prosecutor told the court Floyd and four other men picked the couple at random after prowling the streets of Providence looking for robbery victims.

Judge Ronald Lagueux set sentencing for Jan. 10.

Floyd pleaded guilty to conspiracy to carjack, carjacking resulting in death and use of a firearm in a federal crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Miss Universe in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

NEW YORK (AP) -- The organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade have invited Miss Universe to participate instead of Miss America, who traditionally has had the honor.

Miss America Katie Harman of Oregon had planned to ride in the Nov. 22 parade, but organizers told her this week that they had already invited Miss Universe Denise Quinones.

Miss America Pageant winners have appeared in the parade since the 1960s.

Macy's spokeswoman Ronnie Taffet said the Miss America Organization, which in years past called Macy's in advance to ask that the new Miss America be included in the parade, didn't contact Macy's until this week, Taffet said.

In the meantime, Macy's officials -- who last year opened a store in San Juan, Puerto Rico -- learned that Quinones was from Puerto Rico and liked the idea of including her, Taffet said.

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