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NATION MICHIGAN Kevorkian-Aided Death Ruled Homicide

The latest death to take place in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner in Southfield Saturday.

The mother of a man afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, 27-year-old Nicholas John Loving, said the so-called "suicide doctor" had brought peace and hope to her son's final days. "I spent 18 months as caregiver to my son and witnessed every moment of his agony," Carol Loving said. "The good doctor's intervention was a blessing."

The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative, incurable and invariably fatal nerve disorder in which the victim progressively loses all motor control until he or she is finally unable to swallow or to breathe.

An autopsy showed that Loving's illness was not yet terminal but that he was not physically capable of causing his own death by carbon monoxide poisoning, said the Oakland County medical examiner, Dr. Ljubisa J. Dragovic. "Someone had to make significant preparations for him."

Kevorkian faces charges of murder and assisting a suicide in five other Michigan cases. Loving was the 23rd person known to die in Kevorkian's presence. AP WORLD JAPAN Bomb, Balloons Add To Nation's Fears

A bomb exploded at the Tokyo international airport and 30 mysterious balloons floated to earth over Japan Saturday creating a new terrorism scare.

There was no indication the incidents were linked to the series of poison gas attacks police suspect were staged by a doomsday cult known as Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth).

Neither the bomb, which exploded in a men's room in the Narita airport departure lounge, nor the balloons caused any injuries.

The vinyl balloons, each 15 feet in diameter, bore no markings or identification. Attached to the balloons by rope were plastic tubes five inches long containing toy dials with numbers on them and tiny batteries.

Police said they floated to earth over an eight-hour period from morning to evening, in an area extending from Yokohama, the port city of Tokyo, to Tottori Prefecture, 320 miles south. Reuters ZAIRE Experts Try To Contain Panic, Fleeing

Health experts trying to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus struggled Saturday to contain panic that could cause people to try to flee from the quarantined city of Kikwit, taking the disease with them.

The World Health Organization said Saturday that 57 people were now known to have died from Ebola and 19 more are hospitalized. tA

The international Red Cross planned to pass out 50,000 pamphlets in Kikwit, where most of the confirmed cases of Ebola have occurred. There were 11 more confirmed there Saturday, but none in other areas, according to the World Health Organization. Kikwit is about 370 miles east of Kinshasa, the capital.

The pamphlets, in French and three dialects, with illustrations for the illiterate, tell people how to avoid contact with the virus. …