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February 21, 2003
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Shuttle Disaster: Board examines how foam is applied to shuttle tanks
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Just how the foam insulation was applied to the fuel tanks of NASA's space shuttles is getting special attention by the board investigating the Columbia accident, officials said Thursday.

Russia's ties with Iran hamper space funding
MOSCOW -- Russia's space chief exhorted Washington on Thursday to help finance the construction of extra Russian spacecraft needed to run the international space station during a break in U.S. shuttle flights.

For Jesica, yet another chance at life
"I'm really blessed," says the mother of Jesica Santillan, who against all hope was given a second heart-lung transplant.

Fighting terror: New U.N. resolution gets final polish
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and its closest ally, Britain, are planning to present a new resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday in a bid for support to use force to disarm Iraq.

Jury finds spy suspect guilty
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Former Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Patrick Regan was convicted Thursday of offering to sell U.S. intelligence information to Iraq and China, but acquitted of attempted spying for Libya. The jury now must decide whether he can be executed.

Health & medicine: Atlas maps death, stroke by stroke
ATLANTA -- The first county-by-county atlas of U.S. stroke deaths confirmed in graphic detail Thursday that Southerners and blacks are more likely than other Americans to die of a stroke.

7 states to sue EPA over emissions
WASHINGTON -- Seven states are promising a lawsuit to force the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the latest in a string of challenges by states and cities to the Bush administration's go-slow approach on climate change.

Nation in brief: Pentagon revisits sex assault inquiries
DENVER -- A decade after a series of rape charges sparked a major effort to protect female cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Pentagon on Thursday launched an investigation into a spate of new cases in which female cadets said they were disciplined, ostracized or forced to leave the academy after reporting sexual assaults by fellow students.

World in brief: Venezuelans decry midnight arrest of strike leader
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Thousands of angry government opponents chanting "This is a dictatorship!" rallied in the capital's streets Thursday, protesting the midnight arrest of a strike leader by secret police.

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