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  • Algeria Faces New Al-Qaida Threat
    An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for deadly bombings in Algeria last month. The militants are hiding in mountains outside the capital and are dominated by a minority group that supports neither the government nor Islamic militants.
  • U.S., Russia Divided Over Missile Defense
    President Bush says a missile-defense radar system in the Czech Republic and Poland is meant to protect the West from a nuclear attack by Iran. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling it an expansion of NATO and a threat.
  • Does NASA Still Have the Right Stuff?
    NASA wants to build a new base on the moon, but some argue it is a costly and unnecessary venture. Spending taxpayer dollars on programs that are of little tangible value only hurts the agency in the long run.
  • New, Distant Planets Discovered
    Astronomers have announced the discovery of 28 more planets outside our solar system. Although the new finds are Jupiter-like "gas giants" with no solid surface, they are all part of multiple planet systems like our own. Smaller, Earth-like planets could also be in those systems, but for now, they're too small to detect.
  • Air Traveler With Drug-Resistant TB Quarantined
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have quarantined an airline passenger with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The CDC is telling passengers to get checked but says the risk is low that they may become infected.
  • High Court Sets Limits On Sex Discrimination Suits
    The nation's high court rules that workers who sue their employers for sex discrimination must do so promptly. The case stems from an employer who argued that the decision to pay a female employee less than her male counterparts was made years earlier. The justices agreed, setting a statute of limitations.
  • Mosque Attendance Falls After Terrorism Arrests
    Since the arrest of three of its members, attendance has plummeted at the South Jersey Islamic Center in Palmyra. The FBI says the men were part of a homegrown terrorist cell intent on attacking Fort Dix; their motive remains unclear.
  • Standoff Continues at Palestinian Camp in Lebanon
    An Islamist group inside a refugee camp in Lebanon has been battling government troops for a week. This week, Lebanon's army fired artillery shells into the camp and the militants responded with mortars. The government says it won't compromise with terrorists, but also says it will give mediation a chance.
  • Robert Zoellick Tapped to Lead World Bank
    President Bush named Robert Zoellick as the next president of the World Bank. Zoellick was President Bush's first Trade Representative and then the No. 2 official at the State Department. He will replace Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned two weeks ago after a bitter battle over charges of ethical lapses. Zoellick will have to heal a World Bank sharply divided over Wolfowitz's leadership.
  • Firms Hire Consultants to Handle Needy Workers
    Companies are hiring consultants to help manage the "over-praised" Me Generation. The result? Kudos for showing up to work on time! Awards for getting a report in! Forget Employee of the Month — how about Employee of the Day! Some managers are resistant, saying the only praise they ever got was a paycheck.

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