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February 4, 2003
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Shuttle Disaster
As NASA restudies lost foam, it's puzzled

HOUSTON -- NASA engineers said Monday they may have erred in concluding that a 2.6-pound chunk of insulation did not seriously damage the shuttle Columbia's thermal tiles during its ascent into space. They said they will reinvestigate the incident.
Thermal tile problems easy to criticize, difficult to fix
HOUSTON -- After each mission, space shuttle orbiters return to Earth bruised and battered.
Schools closed while teams test campuses for toxicity
LUFKIN, Texas -- Gary Holcomb spent Monday walking along the roofs of Naches High School and Naches Elementary School, his eyes straining to catch any piece of space shuttle debris that federal cleanup crews might have missed.
No one hit by debris shouldn't be surprise
Thousands of pieces of the doomed shuttle Columbia fell from a height of nearly 40 miles, careening toward Earth at incredible speeds and spreading over a 27,000-square-mile area.
Foam insulation has history of damaging shuttle
NEW ORLEANS -- The foam insulation that peeled off as the Columbia lifted off Jan. 16, striking the shuttle's left wing, has been a headache for NASA officials for years.
Obscurity may change, old values remain
Amid tragedy and sudden fame, simple values in Nacogdoches, Texas, shine through.

U.S. set to reveal phone logs, photos in case against Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will share intercepted conversations among Iraqi officials about their weapons programs and photographs of suspected mobile biological weapons labs when he takes the U.S. intelligence dossier on Iraq to the United Nations this week, U.S. officials said Monday.

Harry Potter books win Vatican blessing
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is giving thumbs up to the Harry Potter series.

World in brief: Leader of terrorist network is arrested
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The fugitive leader of a Singapore terror network who threatened to crash a plane into the island nation's airport was arrested in neighboring Indonesia, police said Monday.

U.S. puts 24 bombers on alert
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has put 24 long-range bombers on alert for possible deployment within range of North Korea, to deter "opportunism" while Washington is focused on Iraq, and to give President Bush military options if diplomacy fails to halt North Korea's effort to produce nuclear weapons, officials said Monday.

Nation in brief: Web searches detailed at spy trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Three FBI employees assigned to tail Brian Patrick Regan testified Monday that the spy suspect used a computer at the local public library to look up addresses for Iraqi and Libyan embassies overseas.

Hussein takes center stage on Iraq's nightly TV news
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- It's 9 p.m. in Baghdad, time for the main TV news and a solid hour or more of Saddam Hussein, giving pep talks to his generals, ordering coffee, sending regards to faraway tribal chieftains and denouncing American "wickedness."





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