Iraqi chemical threat cited
President Bush says Saddam Hussein has authorized field commanders to use chemical weapons in the event of war.
Germans reject slap from Rumsfeld
BERLIN -- German government leaders reacted testily Thursday after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lumped their country with Cuba and Libya among hard-line opponents of a war on Iraq. The opposition said it was a sign Germany is internationally isolated.
March to war reaching point of no return
Israel's chief of staff put it best: "The elephants have begun to run and there's nothing that can stop them."
Orders push U.S. closer to full strength in Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signed orders Thursday sending the Army's 101st Airborne Division and the USS Kitty Hawk, a fifth Navy aircraft carrier, to the Persian Gulf, both major steps toward deployment of the full force necessary for a war against Iraq.
Shuttle Disaster: NASA: Falling foam is still remote suspect in disaster
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A day after all but ruling it out as a leading cause, NASA said Thursday that investigators are still considering whether a piece of insulating foam that struck Columbia's wing during liftoff was enough to bring down the shuttle.
Smallpox vaccination program hits resistance
Faced with growing resistance, the Bush administration's smallpox vaccination plan is off to a slow start.
U.S. poised to confront N. Korea
As the isolated regime warns of "total war," the United States stresses talks but says military action is possible.
Guards held in bank bombing
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Two security guards were detained in connection with a weekend bombing that flattened a bank building, killing at least 46 people, authorities said Thursday.
Chavez uses currency to tighten grip
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez, emboldened as a prolonged general strike against him fades, has put his political opponents on notice in recent days by threatening legal and economic retaliation against those seeking to force him from power.
Ex-United Way officer guilty of embezzling
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A former United Way executive pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly $1.9-million to buy expensive show horses in what is believed to be the biggest embezzlement case in the agency's history.
At spy trial, stolen data is called insignificant
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Two national security experts testified Thursday that the U.S. intelligence that spy suspect Brian Patrick Regan was carrying when he was arrested would not have harmed America if sold to a foreign government.
Nation in brief: Thousands of federal checks uncashable
WASHINGTON -- About 50,000 Social Security checks missing the names of beneficiaries were mailed this week to recipients mostly along the East Coast, in the Midwest and in Texas, and banks are being urged to refuse them.
Florida among best on Megan's Law data
SAN FRANCISCO -- A child advocacy group has found that states across the country have lost track of tens of thousands of rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders who are supposed to be registered in Megan's Law databases.
Britain likely to seek resolution to use force against Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- Britain is likely to introduce a new U.N. resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq after top weapons inspectors return from Baghdad and report to the Security Council on Feb. 14, a British diplomat said Thursday.
Labor leader sees Kerry as best hope
WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is the Democrats' strongest hope to defeat President Bush in 2004, providing Kerry can "break the bubble" of public support Bush enjoys on foreign policy issues, said Jerry McEntee, chairman of the AFL-CIO's political committee and president of one of its largest unions.
5th suicide attempt made at Cuban prison
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Thursday there has been another suicide attempt among inmates at its Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects, bringing the number to five in three weeks. An Amnesty International official called for an investigation.
CIA officer killed in accident in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- One CIA officer was killed and two others were injured in a training accident in eastern Afghanistan, agency officials said.
5,000 mourn slain Protestant extremist
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- With a bagpiper's wail and revenge in the air, more than 5,000 Protestant extremists walked Thursday behind the coffin of a senior Belfast terrorist gunned down in an internal feud that threatens to claim more lives.