"Reuters - President George W. Bush will soon
make a formal request to Congress for a line-item veto --
authority that would give him power to cancel specific spending
items in budget bills, an administration official said on
"Reuters - Acerbic comedian Jon Stewart made
his debut as Oscar host on Sunday with lots of good-natured
jokes about gay cowboys and Hollywood excess while aiming his
sharpest barbs at his two favorite targets...
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"AP - Osama bin Laden promised never to be captured alive and declared the United States had resorted to the same "barbaric" tactics used by Saddam Hussein, according to an audiotape purportedly by the al-Qaida leader that was posted Monday on a militant Web site."
"AP - Women who use the Ortho Evra birth-control patch face twice the risk of developing blood clots than those who take the pill, the patch's manufacturer said late Thursday, citing recent company-funded research."
"AP - Israel will clamp down on Palestinian areas, cutting the West Bank off from Gaza, banning Gaza workers from Israel and halting most funding, in a campaign to weaken the violent Hamas as it assumes power."
"AP - China and Iran are close to setting plans to develop Iran's Yadavaran oil field, according to published reports, a multibillion-dollar deal that comes as Tehran faces the prospect of sanctions over its nuclear program."
"Reuters - A Pakistani Muslim cleric and his
followers offered rewards amounting to over $1 million for
anyone who killed Danish cartoonists who drew caricatures of
the Prophet Mohammad that have enraged...