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AH: New rules favor 911 service to cell phones Washington Federal regulators adopted rules Wednesday to help emergency dispatchers locate people who call 911 from cellular phones. The change could save lives, public safety groups say.

Each year millions of people call 911 from portable cellular phones but, unlike the same calls made from regular phones, the caller's location is not automatically sent to emergency dispatchers.

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 4-0 decision, said it would require cellular companies within five years to upgrade their networks with technology that tells 911 dispatchers the location of an emergency caller to within 388 feet.

Until then, the FCC would require cellular companies within a year to 18 months to give 911 dispatchers the capability to call back the caller.

Freemen surrender expected soon

Jordan, Mont. A Freemen leader who was flown by the FBI to meet a jailed comrade has carried a deal back to the anti-government group, and a source said a surrender could come as early as Thursday.

Edwin Clark returned to the ranch late Tuesday and most of the Freemen could be seen entering a barn, presumably to discuss the surrender proposal.

"They've pretty much agreed it won't be a gun battle," the source said. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said progress was made toward a deal that could lead to surrender of the 17 remaining Freemen by Thursday. He would not elaborate, but said, "The mere fact that the FBI allowed this to happen is a very positive step."

The FBI said it arranged safe passage for Clark to meet with LeRoy Schweitzer in his Billings jail cell on Tuesday

"in another effort to reach a peaceful resolution."

The arrest of Schweitzer and another Freemen leader on federal charges of fraud and other crimes sparked the 80-day-old standoff.

Freeway beating penalties reported

Riverside The county sheriff will fire one deputy and suspend another who were videotaped beating an unresisting immigrant couple after a freeway chase, according to a published report.

The actions were scheduled to take effect in a week, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday. The newspaper cited unidentified sources.

Deputy Tracy Watson was given notice Monday of his impending termination, the newspaper said. Deputy Kurtis Franklin was given a notice of suspension Monday. The length of the suspension wasn't known.

Any discipline will be appealed, said Franklin's attorney Karen Cote before the details of the disciplinary decisions were publicized. Watson's attorney, Michael Stone, declined comment.

Norwalk-like virus

at Reno Hilton Reno, Nev. A virus associated with outbreaks of illness on cruise ships is the suspected culprit in the series of illnesses at the Reno Hilton.

Preliminary lab reports indicate a Norwalk-like virus caused the problems that have made at least 329 people ill at the Hilton since the first of the month, Washoe District Health Officer David Rice said Tuesday.

He said the virus is most commonly transmitted through food or water that becomes contaminated with fecal material.

The virus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Of the people affected, 20 were treated at Washoe Medical Center, but none was admitted.

Gas storage tank fire

forces evacuation Woodbridge, N.J. Fire crews Wednesday battled a raging, lightning-sparked blaze at a Shell gasoline storage tank that forced about 200 nearby residents to evacuate.

Flames from the fire at the Shell Oil Co. storage facility shot hundreds of feet into the sky, and the smoke was visible at least 10 miles away. The tank held 3 million gallons of gasoline when it was struck by lightning late Tuesday afternoon.<