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February 6, 2003
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  • Pilot Programs on Cyberattack Data Should Be Expanded, Lawmakers Say
  • Shuttle Disaster: NASA searching for reasons other than foam
    New theories about the crash include space debris damaging tiles and possible mistakes during the shuttle's refurbishment.

    Shuttle Disaster: Congress to begin hearing next week
    WASHINGTON -- House and Senate committees with oversight of the space program will convene a joint hearing Wednesday to begin their inquiries into what caused the breakup of the shuttle Columbia.

    Shuttle Disaster: Russia asks for funding to fill shuttle void
    Without Columbia, its crew capsules and cargo ships are the only link to the international space station.

    Shuttle Disaster: Remains taken for identification
    NASA says it believes remains from each astronaut have been found. Also, the space agency continues to search for shuttle debris.

    Iraq: Powell's hard sell still not enough for some
    UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, methodically making his case that Iraq has defied all demands that it disarm, presented tape recordings, satellite photos and informants' statements Wednesday that he said constituted 'irrefutable and undeniable' evidence that Saddam Hussein is concealing weapons of mass destruction.

    Iraq: The case against Iraq
    Using intercepted telephone calls, satellite photographs, diagrams and eyewitness accounts, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell laid out a case to the U.N. Security Council that he said shows Saddam Hussein has failed to disarm, harbors terrorists and poses an imminent danger to the world.

    Analysis: A strong case, but is time right?
    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Colin Powell presented a scathing indictment of Saddam Hussein -- a man with 'utter contempt for human life' -- and a strong case for removing him and his weapons of mass destruction.

    N. Korea restarts nuclear facilities
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Wednesday it has reactivated its nuclear facilities, a surprise announcement that raised questions about whether it was trying to take advantage of Washington's preoccupation with Iraq to ratchet up pressure in its own standoff with the United States.

    Washington in brief: Split Senate discusses judicial nominee
    WASHINGTON -- A bitterly divided Senate began debate Wednesday on President Bush's nomination of a conservative Hispanic lawyer to one of the nation's most influential courts, opening a partisan slugfest that will test how far Democrats will go to fight Republican efforts to reshape the judiciary for years to come.

    Senate bill would widen deductions for charity
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday to create new tax incentives for charitable donations, part of an effort by majority Republicans to reinvigorate President Bush's 2-year-old "faith-based initiative."

    New inspections of 747s ordered
    WASHINGTON -- Federal safety regulators on Wednesday ordered new inspections of Boeing 747 fuselages as a result of the investigation into the China Airlines crash in the Taiwan Strait in May.

    Bill passes to restore Idaho death penalty
    BOISE, Idaho -- State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would restore Idaho's death penalty, which was overturned last year by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

    U.S. told not to execute 3 Mexicans
    The World Court has no way to enforce its ruling, and this country has disregarded such orders before.

    Nation in brief: Ashcroft pushes for death penalty
    Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered U.S. attorneys in New York state and Connecticut to pursue the death penalty for a dozen defendants in cases in which prosecutors had recommended against or did not ask for capital punishment, the New York Times reports, quoting unnamed lawyers who follow the issue.

    Tampa Bay residents divided on war issue
    The Tampa Bay area stands divided when it comes to war, and not even Secretary of State Colin Powell's address Wednesday could pull everyone together.

    U.S. picks up pace on troop buildup
    WASHINGTON -- The buildup of American land, sea and air forces in the Persian Gulf is accelerating, officials said Wednesday.

    Linking Hussein, al-Qaida comes down to one man
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- He's the closest thing to a smoking gun in Washington's intelligence arsenal, a man who could finally and definitively link Saddam Hussein with the world's most notorious terrorist and push reluctant allies to support a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    FBI says al-Qaida still top terrorist threat to U.S.
    WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaida is weakened and scattered, but remains the top threat to commit terrorist attacks in the United States, the FBI says in a first-of-its-kind national assessment for Congress.

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