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April 12, 2003
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  • Pilot Programs on Cyberattack Data Should Be Expanded, Lawmakers Say
  • Iraq: Arlington burying its first casualties of war
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- In Arlington National Cemetery, where the nation buries many of its war dead, horse-drawn caissons bear flag-draped coffins across a sea of white, military-issue tombstones. Buried here are those who served in Vietnam, Korea, the two World Wars, the Civil War, the American Revolution.

    Iraq: Changing Baghdad's doormat
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- There was a bit of unfinished business left over in Baghdad from the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The U.S. Army has taken care of it.

    Iraq: Tikrit battle looms, but Iraqis start to flee
    Republican Guard and other Iraqi troops regrouping in Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, have been battered by U.S. airstrikes and don't present an effective fighting force, U.S. Central Command said Friday.

    Iraq: All semblance of control vanishes
    KIRKUK, Iraq -- For years Ahmad Mohammad and his younger brother Towfiq avoided the neighborhood around the military intelligence headquarters out of terror. No one but the elite Baath Party commanders and their families were allowed to walk the leafy streets here.

    Iraq: Treading cautiously amid chaos
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Neither Saddam Hussein nor George W. Bush rules Iraq. Lawlessness does.

    Iraq: Policing the peace is just part of war
    FORT STEWART, Ga. -- The day after a euphoric crowd cheered a toppling statue of Saddam Hussein, soldiers from two Army Reserve units based in Tampa gathered in concrete-block barracks for a sobering briefing about explosives.

    Iraq: Troops dealt an old tool
    Playing cards helped American POWs escape during World War II. They were used to frighten the enemy during the Vietnam War. If coalition forces spot and seize former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein or any of his top lieutenants, it could be in the cards -- again.

    Cuba executes hijackers after month of crackdowns
    The government has arrested, tried and convicted 75 dissidents in less than a month's time.

    Soldiers are forced to surrender their spoils of war
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Since they arrived, U.S. Marines have been doing their own kind of looting: grabbing Iraqi pistols, rifles, uniforms and pictures of Saddam Hussein.

    Inspector: Nuclear find overblown
    VIENNA, Austria -- High levels of radioactivity are normal at Iraq's main nuclear research center, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, deflating speculation U.S. Marines might have found evidence of a weapons program at the site.

    Fighting terror: Congress approves vaccine compensation
    WASHINGTON -- Congress approved compensation Friday for people injured by the smallpox vaccine, a move that may help propel the stalled inoculation program forward.

    Franks: Afghan fight informs new war
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan -- With the war in Iraq winding down, Gen. Tommy Franks came to Afghanistan on Friday to tend to a little unfinished business.

    'Cole' bombing suspects escape from Yemeni prison
    SANA, Yemen -- Ten men, including key suspects in the bombing of the USS Cole, escaped from a Yemeni prison Friday, dealing a major blow to the investigation into the bombing blamed on the al-Qaida terrorist network.

    Congress negotiates budget outline
    WASHINGTON -- Congress approved a record $2.27-trillion federal budget Friday, winning a razor-thin Senate victory after Republican leaders promised to limit new tax cuts to half the amount President Bush has proposed.

    Nation in brief: Ammonia explosion kills worker
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An explosion ripped through a food additive plant Friday, killing a worker and spewing a cloud of ammonia over parts of Louisville.

    Health in brief: FDA re-examines hot flash drugs
    WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials are taking a second look at a treatment for menopausal hot flashes, saying their approval of a hormone combination 27 years ago was not based on substantial evidence.

    VA heart attack care worse than Medicare, study finds
    WASHINGTON -- Heart attack victims who sought care at Veterans Affairs hospitals had higher death rates than Medicare patients treated at community facilities, according to a VA study released Friday.

    World in brief: Nine new SARS cases hospitalize travelers
    SHANGHAI -- Nine foreigners, including two Americans, were hospitalized Friday with suspected cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, officials said.

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