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Bodies of cheerleader, abduction suspect found

ADA, Okla. (AP) -- A teenage cheerleader who was abducted after school was found shot to death Saturday along with the body of a man who authorities said called the girl's family and threatened to harm her.

Troopers using an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter found the bodies of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten, 16, and Jerry Don Savage, 47, said city spokesman Mark Bratcher. Both had died of gunshot wounds, but it wasn't clear when, he said.

Wooten was last seen Friday getting into a dark green pickup truck after classes ended at Ada High School. Bratcher said the pickup was found on a street in Ada, about 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Savage reportedly called the girl's grandmother after she was abducted and threatened to harm her, Bratcher said.

He said Savage was recently arrested on charges of attempting to kidnap the girl's mother. Donna Wooten obtained a protective order against Savage on Aug. 30, court records show.


Suspended president repays college $21,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspended American University President Benjamin Ladner has provided a $21,000 check to cover limousine bills and some of the other expenses under investigation by school trustees.

In an interview with the Washington Post for Saturday editions, Ladner acknowledged some mistakes but contended much of the spending questioned by auditors was consistent with his contract.

"Did I use some bad judgment? Sure. I'm the first one to say I've made mistakes," he told the newspaper.

But he disputed an audit that questioned at least $500,000 in travel costs and other expenses over the past three years, including thousands of dollars charged by Ladner's wife to the university for household furnishings, food and beverages. Most of the spending was allowed under his contract with the private school, Ladner told the Post.

Ladner said his check to the university included reimbursement for at least $1,000 worth of limousine rides taken by his wife.


G7 finance officials to salute Greenspan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alan Greenspan's friends in international finance do not want his departure from the Federal Reserve to go unnoticed, so they are throwing him a party.

Finance ministers and central bank presidents from the world's seven wealthiest countries have set a special session in December in London for the farewell fete.

In addition to their usual reviews of currency rates and trade deficits, they plan to honor Greenspan for his 18 years at the Fed.

The meeting, announced in the group's joint communique on Friday, would be Greenspan's last appearance at a Group of Seven finance gathering. He is stepping down as Fed chairman on Jan. 31.

The London gathering might even be an occasion for Greenspan to speak publicly, something he has never done in the 18 years he has been attending G7 finance meetings.


Two killed in crash of sightseeing copter

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) -- A tour helicopter carrying a pilot and five passengers crashed into the ocean near a reef, killing two people.

Three survivors managed to swim to the reef and refused medical treatment; the fourth was plucked from the water but was "not responsive" when taken to a hospital, according to Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman.

The helicopter operated by Las Vegas-based Heli USA Airways was carrying three men and three women when it crashed Friday afternoon, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. DesaRae Janszen.

Shortly before the crash, the pilot reported encountering wind shear, said Scott Ishikawa, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

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