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Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 12:32 a.m.
Court rejects thousands of WWII POWs' lawsuits
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld lower court rulings that said treaties signed by the United States barred prisoners from seeking restitution from companies accused of forcing them to work in mines, dig roads and perform other duties more than 50 years ago.
The appeals court, in striking down a 1999 California law granting former POWs the right to sue, said using American courts to seek restitution would be contrary to U.S. foreign policy.
U.S. general: Pilots in friendly fire "reckless"
Brig. Gen. Stephen Sargeant, who headed the investigation into the bombing, said the pilots failed to follow procedure by not communicating about gunfire they had spotted on the ground. At an altitude of more than 15,000 feet, the pilots were not in range of the gunfire, he said.
Top telecom official to revise disclosure
The decision came one day after The Associated Press disclosed that Nancy Victory let wireless phone company lobbyists help pay for the party at her home on Oct. 14, 2001. Just 10 days later, Victory urged immediate repeal of restrictions that wireless companies had been complaining about for years.
Bush to increase aid for math, science teachers
Bush's coming budget proposal would forgive up to $17,500 in debt for teachers who enter fields known for chronic teacher shortages and fast turnover. Current law allows teachers in poor areas to have $5,000 in loans erased if they work for five consecutive years.
Barge with fuel oil sinks a mile off Spain's coast
The Spabunker IV developed a leak in stormy weather in Algeciras Bay near Gibraltar, officials said.
- Compiled from The Associated Press
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