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Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 9:37 p.m.

Lieberman to announce decision on presidency

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman will announce his decision on a White House bid Monday morning at his old high school in Connecticut, and many Democrats say he has told them he plans to run.
The 60-year-old Connecticut Democrat said Wednesday he chose his hometown of Stamford to announce his 2004 intentions because: "It's the place where my dreams started."

Georgia's Sen. Miller won't run in 2004

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, a popular former Georgia governor, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2004 - a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate.
The surprise decision came in a statement in which Miller explained he was making the announcement early so that others could prepare to run for the seat.
Miller had been retired from public life in the summer of 2000 when he was appointed to fill the Senate vacancy created by the death of Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell. Miller won a special election to fill the remaining years of Coverdell's term, which concludes in 2004.

Inquiry into stash of deadly ricin continues

LONDON - Partners of seven men arrested in connection with the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in a London apartment may still be at large with more poison, police said Wednesday.
London's Metropolitan Police announced they had apprehended a seventh suspect in the case Tuesday and added that their inquiry was still active, with more arrests possible.
A spokesman said detectives were worried "that there is a quantity (of ricin) out of our control which we are still looking for."

Venezuelan currency hits low against dollar

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's currency reached a record low against the dollar Wednesday after banks said they will close for two days to support a 38-day-old strike seeking President Hugo Chavez's ouster.
Demand for dollars soared on speculation that Chavez's government, facing a fiscal crisis because of dwindling oil and tax revenues, would devalue the bolivar to balance its budget. Nervous depositors wanted dollars before the banks closed, not knowing what the bolivar would be worth when banks reopen.

Lawmakers may delay national do-not-call list

WASHINGTON - A federal plan to stop many unwanted telemarketing calls this year with a national "do-not-call" list may be delayed because of opposition from key lawmakers.
Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that he and other committee members were wary of approving the permanent funding sought by the Federal Trade Commission.
Tauzin said he was interested in supporting the registry as a pilot program.

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