The World

Ben Curtis, 26, a PGA tour rookie from Ohio, surprised everyone, including himself, by winning the British Open golf tournament.

The United States' administration in Iraq decided to form a civil militia of Iraqis to handle some security duties.

Saudi Arabia arrested 16 terror suspects and dug up an underground cache of weapons that included 20 tons of bomb-making chemicals, detonators, rocket-propelled grenades and rifles.

The United States repatriated 12 Cubans who hijacked a boat and took three Cuban security guards hostage.

Eight mountaineers from Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and Argentina were killed in the collapse of an ice wall on Peru's Alpamayo mountain.

Lord Archer, better known as the author Jeffrey Archer, former leader in Britain's Conservative party, was released from prison after serving half of a four-year term for perjury and other crimes related to a libel action he had bought against a London newspaper.

A fire broke out at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, forcing the evacuation of thousands of visitors.

Israel's Interior Ministry reported that more than 5,000 Israelis have moved to settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza since January, and that 231,443 people live in the settlements.

An Australian-led force landed in the Solomon Islands to help restore order at the request of the government, which said it could not control armed militants and criminals.

The Nation

The FBI, the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies failed to communicate properly and ignored obvious clues that would have vastly increased the likelihood of preventing the Sept. 11 attacks, a congressional investigation found.

President Bush ordered an unspecified number of U.S. troops to be positioned off the coast of war-torn Liberia to assist West African peacekeeping forces.

Talking on a cellular telephone while driving a car is more dangerous than driving drunk regardless of whether the phone is hand-held or hands-free, according to researchers at the University of Utah.

Atlanta philanthropist George Brumley Jr. and 11 members of his family were killed when a private charter plane crashed into Mount Kenya.

The House of Representatives, in a sharp rebuke to the Federal Communications Commission and the Bush administration, passed a measure that would keep television broadcasters from owning stations that reach more than 35 percent of the nation's viewers.

California Gov. Gray Davis will face a recall election Oct. 7, the last possible date allowed by California law.

Stephen J. Hadley, President Bush's deputy national security adviser, became the latest individual to take the blame for the inclusion of false information in Bush's 2003 State of the Union address alleging that Iraq was attempting to buy material to make nuclear weapons. Hadley said he had forgotten warnings from the CIA that the information was unreliable.

Eating fish once a week may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

President Bush demanded that Iran and Syria stop assisting terrorists, and said they would be held accountable if they persisted.

The Region

Former Eastern Shore basketball star Carlton Dotson was arrested in Chestertown on murder charges in the death of his Baylor University basketball teammate, Patrick Dennehy.

A 23-year-old Randallstown woman accused of killing her mother hanged herself in the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center.

It's now officially the Baltimore-Towson area, according to a determination by the federal Office of Management and Budget, which decided to include Towson in the name of what was the Baltimore Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. confirmed that he intends to sell the state yacht, a 112-foot vessel named Maryland Independence -- even though he acknowledged that the state's chief executive should have a boat -- because "it's old, and we probably don't need something that big."

An electronic voting system used in some states and recently adopted by others, including Maryland, is so flawed that it could be easily manipulated, computer security researchers concluded in a Johns Hopkins University study. The study found the system was vulnerable to unscrupulous voters as well as "insiders such as poll workers, software developers and even janitors," who could cast multiple votes without a trace.

Charles Levi Maxwell, 33, a former Baltimore County high school teacher accused of molesting a girl he met over the Internet in the parking lot of an Ellicott City church, was convicted of attempted rape and sexual offense charges.

Michael Phelps of Towson set world records in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley at the World Swimming Championships in Spain -- the first person to break world records in two individual events on the same day.

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