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February 19, 2003
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  • Pilot Programs on Cyberattack Data Should Be Expanded, Lawmakers Say
  • Susan Taylor Martin: After Iraq, does U.S. have other targets?
    Given the enmity between Israel and its Arab neighbors, it's not surprising that many in the Arab world think attacking Iraq is just the first step in a U.S.-Israeli plot to control the entire Middle East.

    Shuttle Disaster: Shuttle shed small pieces over California, panel says
    SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Space shuttle Columbia began losing pieces over the California coast well before it disintegrated over Texas, the accident investigation board reported Tuesday, finally confirming what astronomers and amateur skywatchers have been saying from Day One.

    Girl fights for life after bad transplant
    A heart and lungs with the wrong blood type are transplanted in the 17-year-old. Doctors say it's unlikely another donor will be found.

    U.S. pushing new Iraq vote
    President Bush says he "respectfully disagrees" with antiwar demonstrators.

    'Help me, I don't want to die like this, help me'
    CHICAGO -- More than a day after the crushing madness inside a Chicago nightclub, Aurelio Kidd couldn't believe all he could do to help was feed the victims slivers of ice, hold their hands and watch some of them die.

    All sides trade blame in club deaths
    CHICAGO -- City officials acknowledged Tuesday that they did nothing to ensure a restaurant-nightclub where 21 people died in a stampede early Monday was obeying a court order barring entry to its second floor but laid the responsibility squarely on the club's owners, whom they described as reckless and negligent.

    Digging out begins as snowstorm heads to sea
    BOSTON -- The Northeast struggled to dig out Tuesday from a paralyzing storm that unloaded up to 4 feet of snow, broke snow-removal budgets and stranded thousands of people at airports up and down the East Coast.

    Nation in brief: Briefs in admissions case set record
    WASHINGTON -- In a record outpouring of support, more than 60 national organizations came to the defense of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, telling the Supreme Court that racial diversity has become an integral part of American life and must be preserved.

    Warming emissions fell in 2001
    WASHINGTON -- A poor economy and high electricity costs in the West have produced an unusual environmental bonus, the government says: In 2001, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases declined for the first time in a decade.

    Turkey balks at U.S. troops vote
    ANKARA, Turkey -- The Bush administration's plans to open a northern front in a war against Iraq appeared in jeopardy Tuesday after the Turkish government said it won't seek a parliamentary vote allowing U.S. troops in Turkey unless Washington greatly increases the size of a proposed aid package.

    Montesinos quiet, but ex-mistress testifies
    LIMA, Peru -- Vladimiro Montesinos, the shadowy spymaster who was once Peru's most feared man, refused to testify at his first public trial for corruption Tuesday, but his former mistress had plenty to say.

    Fighting terror: Grenade suspect had forged ID
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities said Tuesday a man arrested for carrying a live hand grenade at London's Gatwick airport showed a British court this week a forged Venezuelan identification card.

    Mexico referendum finds support for death penalty
    MEXICO CITY -- Voters in a key central state have voted overwhelmingly in favor of capital punishment in a nonbinding referendum, reflecting the rising potency of the death penalty as a political issue in a country long opposed to it.

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