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Digest: Altidore scores twice, US advances with 4-0 win

Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Florida, to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Contractor Fined For Lineman’s Death

A Spokane electrical contractor was fined more than $128,000 by the state Tuesday in connection with the death of a lineman last September near Darrington. Jerry Cade, 52, of Enumclaw, fell to his death on Sept. 16 while cutting off the top of a utility pole. Aztech Electric Inc. of Spokane was subcontracting the work from the Snohomish County Public Utility District. The company was fined $70,000 by the state Department of Labor and Industries for exposing workers to energized transmission lines. A $45,000 fine was added for failing to ensure that workers use fall protection equipment. An additional $13,500 was added for lesser infractions. The company has 15 days to appeal.

Ex-Seahawk Arrested

Darrell Irvin, president of the Seattle Seahawks Alumni Association, has been charged with assault and resisting arrest at a bar in this resort town. A copyright report on the arrest was aired Monday by KOZI Radio.

Bankamerica Weighs Cost-Cutting Steps

BankAmerica Corp. said it's considering cost-cutting in its retail banking unit, the biggest on the U.S. West Coast. "Given industrywide pressures on operating margins, (cost cuts are) a consideration," the bank said in a statement. A spokesman declined to provide details. The bank, the fifth-largest in the U.S., plans to cut annual expenses in the retail business by about $500 million, or 10 percent, by the end of next year, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter analyst Nigel Dally said in a report to clients. Dally raised his 1999 earnings forecast for BankAmerica to $5.70 from $5.55, to include the benefits of the savings. He raised his 12-month price target on BankAmerica to $90 a share, from $83 and rates the San Francisco-based company "outperform." BankAmerica rose $1.62-1/2 to $82.62-1/2 in trading Tuesday.

Plane Crash Kills Three

A single-engine plane from Canada crashed into the north face of Saddle Mountain on Tuesday, killing all three people aboard, authorities said. The Cessna 210 had just left Moses Lake for Boardman, Ore., when it crashed shortly before 10 a.m., said Lee Fryer of the Federal Aviation Administration. The three victims were apparently all from British Columbia, the Grant County sheriff's office said in a news release. They were identified as Jordy Howell, Terry Maial and Jo Franje, whose ages and hometowns were not immediately available. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board planned to begin investigating the cause today. The crash site, about 25 miles south of Moses Lake in southcentral Washington, was not located until about 3:30 p.m. because of heavy fog, officials said. It was not known if fog was a factor in the crash.

Motorola Sets Stage For Big Restructuring

Motorola Inc., top-heavy with numerous divisions and struggling to fend off competition, plans to announce a major restructuring within weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The maker of cellular phones, pagers, two-way radios and semiconductors is considering merging a half-dozen businesses into two business segments: one for consumer-oriented products, the other for industrial customers, the newspaper said. Any changes could affect thousands of jobs. The company, based in Schaumburg, Ill., has about 140,000 employees worldwide.

Amr Expands Order For Boeing 777 Jets

AMR Corp.'s American Airlines will order at least seven additional 777 jetliners, worth as much as $1 billion, from Boeing Co. as the airline adds routes to Asia. The latest purchase will double the number of 777s American has ordered from Boeing. It already is scheduled to receive seven of the planes beginning in 1999. AMR spokesman John Hotard declined to comment on the specifics of the order or whether American intended to speed up delivery of the planes by buying production slots that may have been vacated by other airlines. Boeing officials weren't immediately available for comment. The new planes will be added to a $6 billion order for 103 aircraft American placed with Boeing in late 1996.

Man Apparently Jumps From Bridge

A man is believed to have jumped to his death from the Sunset Bridge into Latah Creek during rush hour traffic Tuesday, police said. Witnesses said the unidentified man was alone about 5:45 p.m. when he climbed onto the bridge railing, which overlooks High Bridge Park, yelled out a comment and jumped. About 15 minutes later, Spokane County Sheriff's Department dive team members and firefighters pulled the body of a man in his early 30s from the middle of Latah Creek, about one-quarter mile from Riverside Avenue. Police detectives are investigating.

Aztech Electric Fined For Safety Violations

Spokane's Aztech Electric was fined $128,500 by the state Department of Labor and Industries for willfully violating worker safety rules. The fine comes in connection with the fatal fall of a lineman last September in Snohomish County, according to Labor and Industries officials. James Cade, 52, of Enumclaw fell to his death after the top of the utility pole he was cutting fell the wrong way and sheared off the boom of the aerial lift from which he was working. L&I;, which is required to investigate all occupational fatalities, reported that the company had eight infractions related to the electrical clearance and the exposure of workers to energized transmission lines, and that the employer failed to ensure that workers use appropriate fall protection equipment. The report also revealed a repeat-serious violation of the employer failing to develop a formal accident prevention program specific to the hazards of the work site.

Police Investigate Fatal Pursuit Of Cyclist

Police traffic experts spent Monday investigating a weekend pursuit in which a 19-year-old Spokane man was killed. John A. Maidhoff died about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, an hour after his motorcycle slammed into a wooden power pole in the 4800 block of East Frederick. Police said Maidhoff was attempting to evade a marked police car that tried to pull him over on Upriver Drive moments before the wreck. They said Maidhoff steered his dirt bike onto Frederick and passed at least one other car before veering into a ditch and hitting the pole. Investigators still hadn't determined how fast Maidhoff was going when he lost control, police spokesman Dick Cottam said. Cottam also didn't know why the officer, whom he didn't name, was trying to stop Maidhoff. "They're still talking to witnesses and taking measurements," Cottam said. "It's still being investigated." Maidhoff was a Spokane native who worked as a painter. He had been cited for several traffic crimes in the past two years, including driving with a suspended license, failing to yield the right of way and speeding, according to court records. Last March, Maidhoff was convicted of driving with a suspended license and had just finished serving a year's probation on that charge.

Teamsters Get Break On Election Costs

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the government must pay for a rerun election to choose a new Teamsters president. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, overturned a lower court judge who had ordered the union to pay. The appeals court cited the terms of a consent decree between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the government as the reason for its ruling.

Source Says Apple Wants To Keep Jobs

Apple Computer Inc. wants co-founder Steve Jobs to become its permanent chief executive but won't pressure the interim leader to make a decision, people familiar with Apple's plans said Monday. But Jobs, Apple's acting CEO since last July, has told the company he prefers to remain on a temporary basis, said the sources, who insisted on anonymity. Jobs also heads Pixar, the movie animation studio that produced "Toy Story." The company's stock price has more than doubled since last July, its fast G3 Macintosh computers are selling well and the company reported last quarter its first profit since the summer of 1996. Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., has been searching for a permanent leader since the board ousted CEO Gil Amelio last July amid sinking Macintosh computer sales and persistent losses. Last week, the company held a regular board meeting, but did not make a decision with regard to Jobs, the sources said.

New Beetle Proving To Be Popular Car

Would-be New Beetle buyers are finding it's dog-eat-dog - or bug-eat-bug - when it comes to nabbing their prize. Waiting lists are 60 people deep at some dealerships, even though each of the nation's 599 Volkswagen dealers was expected to have at least one bug by Tuesday. Several dealers said it could be months before demand is satisfied. "It's crazy," said Robert Klein, VW manager for Gunther Volkswagen in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. About 100 people put down $1,000 deposits for cars, but only 40 people have received their bugs. In all, about 4,000 New Beetles have been shipped to dealers, and at least half of those have reached consumers, said Tony Fouladpour, a VW spokesman. Final sales figures for the month will come out later this week.

Rams Coach Retires

The St. Louis Rams' coaching staff lost one of its biggest names when defensive coordinator Bud Carson retired due to health concerns. Carson, who'll be 67 next month, quit because asthma was slowing him down too much. Coach Dick Vermeil replaced Carson with two men, choosing Peter Giunta and John Bunting co-defensive coordinators. Tight end Lonnie Johnson agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Buffalo Bills after receiving little attention from other teams as a free agent. A Virginia Beach, Va., judge dismissed a drunken driving charge against Bills defensive end Bruce Smith but upheld a charge that Smith refused to take a blood-alcohol test. Circuit Judge Frederick B. Lowe suspended Smith's driver's license for 12 months for refusing to take the blood test last July.

Tark Beats Ncaa

Terry Giles, Jerry Tarkanian's San Diego-based lawyer and lead counsel in their long-standing suit against the NCAA, is expected to announce a public victory later this week in Las Vegas with a $2.5 million settlement being awarded to Tarkanian, seven weeks shy of the court date set for May 18 in Las Vegas. Tarkanian's suit claims fraud on the basis the NCAA manufactured evidence against him and found him guilty of NCAA violations that weren't proven. The case dates back to Tarkanian's tenure at Long Beach State and UNLV, where both programs were put on probation. However, Tarkanian was exonerated in October of 1996 of any personal wrongdoing. Melvin Watkins, who led North Carolina-Charlotte into the second round of the NCAA tournament, will become the new basketball coach at Texas A&M; on Wednesday, The Associated Press learned Monday.

Sony Merges Columbia, Tri-Star Operations

Sony Pictures Entertainment said Monday that it combined Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures into one studio, a move aimed at unifying film production under a single brand name. TriStar, producer of the hit films "Jerry Maguire" and "As Good as it Gets," will become a part of Columbia in the restructuring. It includes the business, legal and story departments of the studios. The change will boost Sony's visibility with moviegoers by presenting films under a single name, said analyst David Advise of Hooligan Looked Howard & Zuni in Los Angeles. The public often fails to associate the studios with their parent, he said. TriStar began in 1982 as a joint venture by Columbia, CBS Television and Home Box Office. TriStar and Columbia were purchased by Sony in 1989.

Event Of The Year Wins

Event of the Year kept his record perfect, improving to 4 for 4 by beating two longshots to the wire in the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park. The Seattle Slew colt ran the 1-1/8 miles in 1:47 - just two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Hansel in the 1991 Jim Beam. This year's race, a Kentucky Derby prep for 3-year-olds, was rescheduled from Saturday, when a power failure forced postponement of the entire program.