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  • 'Chaos' Reigns in Iraq, Speaker Pelosi Says
    Asked if she has one word to describe the situation in Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's response is direct: "Chaotic," she said. "What is happening in Iraq is chaos." She went on to say that after nearly four years in Iraq, "We just have to end it."
  • Minimum-Wage Battle Shifts Back to House
    A Senate vote to end debate on a bill to raise the minimum wage does not mean President Bush will see legislation on his desk any time soon. A Republican move to add an amendment for $8.3 billion in business tax cuts will force more discussion in the House.
  • Los Angeles Cracks Down on Gangs, Once Again
    After years of wrangling with the issue, Los Angeles is launching new strategies for combating violent street gangs, with help from the federal government. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a message for gang leaders: "We're coming with everything we have. And we're putting you out of business."
  • Coast Guard Project to Modernize Ships Runs Aground
    A House subcommittee hears testimony from Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen as it reviews a project meant to revamp older ships. One key officials says design flaws mean the ships can't withstand the rigors of the sea.
  • Hollywood Confronts Film Pirates on the Web
    A record number of people are watching feature-length movies on their computers. That makes Hollywood nervous, as it faces consumers with faster Internet connections, larger hard drives and an increase in film pirating.
  • Film Comedy Highlights Turkish-Kurdish Tensions
    Film fans in Turkey have made the comedy The Masked Five in Iraq a box-office smash. But the film reflects historical mistrust and hatred between Turks and Iraqi Kurds.
  • Philip Morris Parent Altria May Spin Off Kraft
    The parent company of cigarette giant Philip Morris — Altria — is expected to announce plans to spin off Kraft Foods. The move would allow Kraft and its stock price to escape the cloud of potential tobacco litigation. Altria would be able to focus on a strategy to sell tobacco.
  • French Begin to Put Smoking Ban in Place
    A smoking ban begins Thursday in French schools, hospitals and youth centers. It will take effect in restaurants, workplaces and other public areas in 11 months. A large majority of the French say they approve the ban, which will bring France in line with a trend among European countries.
  • Web Site Targets Older Job Hunters
    Finding a job can be a challenge for older workers. The Web site Jobs 4.0 specializes in placing seasoned workers in permanent positions.
  • Microsoft Tops 'Public Image' List
    Giving away billions of dollars can improve your company's reputation. A new survey from Harris Interactive and The Wall Street Journal ranks the public image of the 60 highest-profile companies in the world. Microsoft came out on top, ending a seven-year run at the top for Johnson & Johnson. Last on the list? Energy-services firm Halliburton.

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