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March 1, 2003
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Shuttle Disaster: Minutes before disaster, smiles from astronauts
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- In the final minutes of their lives, Columbia's astronauts were cheerful, at times lighthearted.

Infantry unit ready to go, and get back
For two months the 101st Airborne Division has been ready to leave the next day. The wait is over.

Nation in brief: New drug plan: limited coverage for Medicare users
WASHINGTON -- Stunned by sharp criticism of its original plan, the Bush administration has crafted a new Medicare prescription drug proposal that would offer limited coverage to seniors enrolled in traditional Medicare.

Radioactive stock missing in Nigeria
UNITED NATIONS -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has sent an emergency mission to Nigeria to help find an undisclosed amount of missing or stolen radioactive material, the agency said Friday.

N. Korea says U.S. reneged on deal
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea accused the United States on Friday of triggering a nuclear crisis by failing to provide promised energy, disrupting inter-Korean reconciliation and plotting war against the North.

Health & Medicine: FDA wants strong labels on ephedra
WASHINGTON -- The government began building the case toward a ban of the popular herb ephedra Friday by proposing strong new warning labels that the pills can cause heart attacks and strokes or even kill.

Arabs won't ask Hussein to step down
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Arab leaders said Friday they can't ask one of their own, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, to leave office, despite advice from the United States and the feeling among many in the region that it's the only way to avert war.

U.S. might try Iraqis before military tribunals
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon appeared to send a message Friday to Iraqi leaders by including the use of poisons and taking of human shields in the list of offenses it will seek to prosecute in military tribunals for suspected terrorists.

Fighting Terror: No combat for U.S. in Philippines
WASHINGTON -- Faced with political turmoil in the Philippines, the Pentagon Friday backed away from a plan for a joint combat offensive against Muslim rebels.

Fighting terror: Cigarette smugglers sentenced
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 155-year sentence for the first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terror groups demonstrates the U.S. law sees no difference between terrorists and those who help them, a prosecutor said Friday.

Palestinians disclose finances
JERUSALEM -- In a bid to dispel charges of widespread corruption, the top Palestinian financial official Friday said the Palestinian Authority had no secret accounts and had not funneled money to groups accused of terrorism.

World in brief: Brazil calls out soldiers for Carnival
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Celebrants of Rio's Carnival were joined by 3,000 heavily armed Brazilian soldiers Friday.





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