Northeast recovering from major blackout: "Air conditioners were humming Saturday and lights blazed again across most of the Northeast following the worst blackout in U.S. history, though getting electricity back didn't help those in Cleveland enjoy clean tap water, and some regions were still experiencing rolling blackouts."
Israel agrees to pull out of four towns: "A troubled U.S.-backed Middle East peace plan received a significant boost when Israel agreed to withdraw from four more West Bank towns after an upsurge in violence brought a fragile cease-fire close to the breaking point."
Tropical Storm Erika nears Texas border: "Tropical Storm Erika came ashore early Saturday, hitting Brownville's sister city of Matamoros, Mexico, with high winds and heavy rains. The severe weather downed trees and damaged roofs and cars in the Mexican border town, according to television reports."
Ex-Uganda dictator Idi Amin dies: "Idi Amin, who called himself "a pure son of Africa," but whose bizarre and murderous eight years as president of Uganda typified the continent's worst dictatorships, died Saturday. He was believed to be 80."
Judge considers delaying Calif. recall: "The timing of the state's election to recall Gov. Gray Davis was thrown into doubt when a federal judge ordered Monterey County not to send absentee ballots overseas until issues raised by civil rights groups are resolved."
Report: Baylor coach asked players to lie: "Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss told players to lie to investigators and say slain teammate Patrick Dennehy paid his tuition by dealing drugs, a newspaper reported Saturday."
Elvis fans gather for anniversary vigil: "Several thousand fans of Elvis Presley capped an annual week of parties, concerts and get-togethers with a vigil at the rock 'n' roll legend's home, lighting candles at Graceland's front gates and walking along a long driveway to the grave."
Micheel takes surprise PGA tourney lead: "The last of the major championships is following the script. Little-known Shaun Micheel moved into position to become the fourth first-time major winner this year, birdieing four of his last five holes Friday to take the lead in the PGA Championship."
Scores of GIs land in Liberian capital: "U.S. military helicopters landed scores of American troops at Liberia's main airport Thursday, significantly stepping up armed support for a West African-led peace force as rebels pledged to lift a two-month siege of the starving capital."
FBI: Suspected dealer sought 50 missiles: "The international sting operation that led to the arrest of a suspected arms smuggler should serve as a warning that U.S. intelligence is aggressively pursuing terrorist cells and black market weapons dealers, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said."
Heat wave kills about 3,000 in France: "About 3,000 people have died in France of heat-related causes since abnormally high temperatures swept across the country about two weeks ago, the health ministry estimated Thursday."
Tanker may spill tons of oil off Pakistan: "A Greek-registered oil tanker that ran aground off Karachi's coast has developed cracks in its hull and is threatening to spill tons of oil in rich fishing waters, port officials said."
Libya, Lockerbie families agree on fund: "The Libyan government signed an agreement Wednesday setting up a $2.7 billion fund for families of the 270 victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing - a key step to lifting U.N. sanctions against Libya, according to an e-mail from the families' lawyers."
FBI: suspected dealer sought 50 missiles: "A suspected arms dealer ordered held without bond Wednesday began arranging to smuggle 50 more shoulder-fired missiles into the United States soon after securing one of the weapons, which he thought was intended to shoot down a jetliner, according to an FBI affidavit."
Calif. certifies 135 for recall ballot: "Voters will have 135 candidates to choose from to replace Gov. Gray Davis in California's historic recall election, the secretary of state's office said Wednesday after certifying the ballot."
Pentagon to send 200 troops to Liberia: "The Pentagon plans to send 200 more U.S. troops ashore in Liberia to help Nigerian peacekeepers get food and other emergency supplies flowing and to provide a land-based "quick-reaction force" in case the peacekeepers get in trouble, officials said Wednesday."
U.S. soldiers fire into Baghdad crowd: "U.S. soldiers shot into a crowd of thousands of demonstrators in a Baghdad slum on Wednesday, killing one civilian and wounding four after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at them, the military said. North of Baghdad, guerrillas killed two American troops."
Canada reports 2nd SARS death in 3 days: "A health-care worker died of SARS on Wednesday, becoming the 44th person killed by the pneumonia-like illness in Canada's largest city and the second to die this week."
New dinosaur species found in India: "U.S. and Indian scientists said Wednesday they have discovered a new carnivorous dinosaur species in India after finding bones in the western part of the country."
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oppressors," Bush said, addressing Iraqis who might be
listening from afar. "We are coming to bring you food and
medicine and a better life. And we are coming and we will
not stop, we will not relent until your country is free."
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