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February 20, 2003
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Shuttle Disaster: New shuttle inquiry rules nothing out
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- In the days after Columbia's destruction, NASA officials made their case: The foam couldn't have caused that kind of damage. It wasn't ice or metal that flew off the fuel tank. The left wing was not breached.

Moroccan gets 15 years for aiding 9/11 hijackers
Mounir el Motassadeq helped the terrorists keep up the appearance of being normal students while they plotted the attacks.

Turkey and Israel thrive as allies
The two countries have economic and military dealings. And Jewish residents say there are no problems living in mostly Muslim Turkey.

Plane crash kills 302 in Iranian military
TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian military plane carrying 302 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing all on board in the country's worst plane crash.

3 more Democrats join presidential race
WASHINGTON -- Only a scorecard will help the voters sort through the growing field of presidential hopefuls as one Democrat announced his candidacy Wednesday and two others filed papers to create exploratory committees.

Nation in brief: It may be too late for transplant
Doctors at Duke University Hospital ordered a CT scan Wednesday to look for signs of brain damage in Jesica Santillan, the 17-year-old girl who was mistakenly given a heart and lung transplant there from an organ donor with the wrong blood type.

Antiwar campaign going electronic
WASHINGTON -- Their goal is to bring an antiwar message to the attention of political leaders in Washington. But instead of taking to the streets, these activists will try to overwhelm switchboards by telephone, computer and fax machine.

U.S., Britain aim to issue deadline to Baghdad
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and Britain will present a resolution to the Security Council in the next few working days authorizing force to disarm Iraq along with a deadline for the council to vote on it, U.S. and British officials said Wednesday.

Rumsfeld warns Iraq against use of 'shields'
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iraqi military commanders Wednesday that using human shields against U.S. bombs would be punishable as a war crime.

Fighting terror: Plan for arming some pilots unveiled
WASHINGTON -- Commercial pilots who want to carry guns in the cockpit would have to undergo psychological and background checks before being selected for a five-day training program under a plan announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration.





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