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Tennessee High-School Student Kills Another In Parking Lot

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - A high-school senior shot another student to death in the school parking lot yesterday afternoon, apparently after they had argued about a girl they both had dated.

Jacob Davis, 18, was armed with a rifle when he got out of his car and confronted Robert "Nick" Creson, 18, at Lincoln County High School, Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Barnes said. Davis was 15 to 20 feet from Creson when he fired the first shot, but it was not clear whether it struck Creson.

"Nick told him, `Quit messing around,' " Barnes said. "The second shot hit him somewhere in the chest, and he fell backwards, and there was another shot fired into Nick as he was on the ground."

Creson died at Lincoln Regional Hospital.

After the shooting, Davis put the gun on the ground, sat down and put his head in his hands, Barnes said.

About 10 to 15 students witnessed the shooting.

Principal Jim Stewart said Creson was a football player and Davis was among the top 25 students in the 307-member senior class.

Fayetteville is 70 miles south of Nashville near the Alabama border.

Entertainment world says goodbye to Sinatra

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Frank Sinatra's fans gathered outside a church today as his family and the entertainment world came to bid farewell.

More than 400 friends were invited to his funeral, a liturgy featuring uplifting music and remembrances by Frank Sinatra Jr., Gregory Peck and others.

Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church was transformed into a forest of white flowers. Sinatra's casket was blanketed with gardenias.

Sinatra's widow, Barbara, and the family were to accompany Sinatra's casket to the Palm Springs area, for burial alongside his parents.

Sinatra was 82 when he died Thursday of heart failure.

Mourners spanned the Hollywood spectrum: ex-wife Mia Farrow, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Eydie Gorme, Milton Berle, Connie Stevens, Wayne Newton, Lew Wasserman, Tom Selleck, Paul Anka, Joey Heatherton, Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Ben Vereen, Anthony Quinn, Red Buttons, Marlo Thomas and Angie Dickinson, among others.

Pallbearers included Steve Lawrence and Don Rickles.

Longtime Air Force One makes flight to retirement

DAYTON, Ohio - The first jet-powered Air Force One, which carried President Kennedy's body from Dallas and President Nixon to China, took its final flight today.

The Boeing 707 took off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, made four low passes over the grounds and then landed in the shadow of the United States Air Force Museum, where it will go on public display next month.

The aircraft, one of a pool of planes used by the White House, cost $8 million when it was produced in 1962. The Air Force decided to retire the plane this year because it became too expensive to maintain.

More than 80 UCLA students cited after demonstration

LOS ANGELES - More than 80 students at the University of California at Los Angeles were cited for failing to disperse yesterday during a peaceful but noisy protest against Proposition 209, the state's anti-affirmative-action measure.

About 200 students participated in the demonstration in Royce Hall, one of the main buildings on campus. No violence was reported, but Los Angeles police officers in riot gear lined up outside the building.

Proposition 209, passed in 1996, ended affirmative action in state hiring and contracting and in admissions to state universities.

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