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The Pentagon will pay $200 million to fund a 9,000-member Polish peacekeeping force expected to reach Iraq by the end of next month.


The United Nations Security Council voted to send 2,100 peacekeeping troops to join the 8,700 deployed in Congo.

Red Cross representatives met detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and reported that she is in good health.


A bomb exploded next to a U.S. Humvee as it passed under an overpass in Baghdad, killing one U.S. soldier and injuring three. Another U.S. soldier died when a mine exploded on the road to the airport, and a third in an ambush near the city.

West African leaders arrived in Liberia to plan for a peacekeeping force as fighting intensified along bridges leading into the Monrovia, the capital, and around the port of Buchanan.

A taped message apparently from Saddam Hussein called his sons martyrs in the struggle against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. A later message promised amnesty to looters and called on them to join the fight.

The U.S. government agreed to pay the $30 million reward for information leading to Saddam Hussein's sons to an informant, reported to be the owner of the house in Mosul where the men were killed July 22.

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon turned down a request from President Bush for Israel to stop building a security fence on the West Bank.

Foday Sankoh, the leader of rebel troops in Sierra Leone famed for their brutality, died, apparently of natural causes, in a Freetown hospital while in the custody of a U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal. He was 66.

The Vatican issued instructions to Catholic legislators to oppose gay marriages.

North Korea agreed to multi-lateral talks on its nuclear arms program.


The Israeli Parliament voted to deny citizenship to Palestinians who marry Israelis.

Russian news agencies reported that at least 20 died when a bomb exploded in a truck outside a military hospital near Chechnya.

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U.S. intelligence officials warned airlines that terrorists may be plotting to hijack planes for suicide missions.

A coroner's inquest into the hanging death of a black man in Belle Glade, Fla., ruled that it was a suicide and not a lynching, as was rumored.

The Pentagon dropped plans to run a futures market on terrorist events as a way of predicting such attacks. John M. Poindexter, the former national security chief who headed the agency that came up with the idea, reportedly plans to resign.


Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, the recording studio in Memphis, Tenn., that nurtured Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other rock 'n' roll pioneers, died at age 80.

Illinois agreed to pay $1.5 million to Calvin Ollins, who was cleared of a 1986 murder and rape conviction by DNA evidence after spending 15 years in jail.

Speaking at his first news conference since March 6, President Bush accepted responsibility for the inaccurate assertion in his State of the Union address about Iraq's attempt to buy uranium from Niger, but said he was confident that evidence of illegal weapons would be found in Iraq.

Boosted by military spending, the U.S. economy grew at 2.4 percent annual rate in the second quarter. The jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent but only because so many people stopped looking for work as the economy lost 44,000 jobs.

Franciscan friar Sean Patrick O'Malley was installed as archbishop of the Boston archdiocese, which has been mired in the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

AIDS cases in the United States appear to be rising for the first time in a decade, federal health officials said.


Two large U.S. banks, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup, agreed to pay more than $300 million to settle charges that they helped Enron deceive investors by concealing billions of dollars in loans.

Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico, was named chairman of the 2004 Democratic Convention, the first Hispanic to hold that post.

Three wildfires in and around Glacier National Park in Montana forced residents and campers to evacuate.

The U.S. prison population rose to 2.1 million last year - a 2.6 percent increase over 2001 - despite falling crime rates.

Despite requests from Saudi Arabia, President Bush refused to release the classified portion of the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Seth Meiller, 24, of Baltimore was killed while driving through Illinois, apparently when a suicidal ex-convict rammed his vehicle, knocking it into the path of a truck. The ex-convict then pulled to the side of the road and slit his own throat.

Katharine Hepburn left $10,000 in her will to the Episcopal church in Kent County where her grandfather was once the parish priest.

Maryland's Court of Appeals ruled that requiring fledgling political parties to collect 10,000 signatures for recognition as a party and another 1 percent of the electorate to put a candidate in the ballot discriminates against small parties.

Baltimore prosecutors dropped charges against mayoral candidate Andrey Bundley, who was arrested by city police for putting leaflets on cars.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cut $208 million from the state budget, including $84.4 million from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and $40 million from the University System of Maryland.

The Lord & Taylor store at White Marsh Mall is one of 32 in the nation that will be closed, the owner of the chain, May Department Stores Co., announced.


The Orioles traded Sidney Ponson to the San Francisco Giants for three pitchers.

Two horses on the Eastern Shore tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness dangerous to humans and animals.


"I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. And I think we ought to codify that one way or another. And we've got lawyers looking at the best way to do that."

President Bush, answering a question at his news conference about homosexuality