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December 11, 2002
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Susan Taylor Martin: Local Sri Lankan becomes envoy
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you are of a certain age, you might remember when the lush tropical island off the tip of India was called Ceylon and was mainly known for growing some of the world's finest tea.

Man 'lucky' to survive trip in jet's wheel well
A Cuban airport worker spends four hours in the freezing, oxygen-deprived compartment during his escape flight to Canada.

U.S. intercepts N. Korean missile shipment
A vessel boarded 600 miles from Yemen has about 12 Scud missiles and parts. Officials aren't sure of the final destination.

Nation in brief
Some call new Stanford program cloning

Washington in brief
Survey finds bad bacteria in many chickens

Groups sue over arsenic use in wood
WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups and a union asked a federal court Tuesday to ban the use of several toxic materials in treated, pressurized wood products, saying the Environmental Protection Agency isn't moving quickly enough.

HARSEN SMITH, 94, who helped build the family firm of Chris-Craft into one of the largest boat manufacturers in the world, died Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Smith, the grandson of company founder Christopher Columbus Smith, was chairman of the company's board when Chris-Craft was sold in 1960. In May 1959 he was on the cover of Time magazine, which described him as "the man who perhaps more than any other put the U.S. family afloat."

Tensions rise in strike-torn Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Supporters of Hugo Chavez surged into the streets Tuesday for a second straight night of raucous protests, trying to drown out opposition demands that the leftist president give up power.

New inspectors boost weapons searches
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. arms specialists ramped up their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq Tuesday, augmenting their ranks to 70 inspectors and splitting into teams to conduct five simultaneous searches, including one of a remote uranium mine near the Syrian border.

Police find remains of 5 women
PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia -- Police found remains of five of the 15 women Robert Pickton is accused of killing in their search of the pig farm he owns with his siblings, a defense lawyer said Monday.

Commons supports emissions treaty
TORONTO -- Months of rancorous debate that divided the country ceased Tuesday when Canada's House of Commons voted along party lines in favor of ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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