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Published: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 8:14 p.m.
N. Korea calls for 'national cooperation'
The North's acceptance of the envoys could signal an easing in its refusal to have outside help in ending the crisis, which Pyongyang has insisted is a matter between it and Washington.
The United States, which supports Seoul's diplomatic efforts, has pushed for international intervention and reiterated that position Sunday by saying North Korea's nuclear program is a danger to Asia and the world.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States has always been honest with the reclusive communist nation and is the biggest donor of humanitarian aid to the impoverished North, but North Korea must prove it can be trusted.
GOP recruiting more minority candidates
The most crucial task is to develop more support in the Hispanic community, where President Bush is relatively popular. In the 2002 elections, when the GOP increased its hold on the House and won the Senate, Republicans fared well among Hispanics in New York and Florida while Democrats dominated in the Southwest and West.
Beyond its control of the White House and both branches of Congress, the party will take its usual financial advantage into the next round of elections.
Crash victim was a Columbine survivor
Jonathan Ross Ladd had been a junior when two students at the school opened fire, killing 12 classmates, a teacher and themselves. Ladd, who had spoken publicly about the attack, had since taken flight lessons and developed a love of airplanes, his grandmother said.
On Friday, she said, Ladd was piloting a single-engine Cessna bound for Cheyenne, Wyo., with two friends aboard when the plane collided with a twin-engine Piper and both plummeted into a residential neighborhood. All five people in the two planes died.
Martha Stewart says probe cost $400 million
It was her first lengthy media interview on the subject since news broke last June that federal prosecutors were investigating Stewart's sale of ImClone System Inc. shares.
Security bars keep family trapped in fire
Like other houses on the street, the home's windows were blocked by security bars, which may have prevented those inside from easily escaping the smoke and fire, chief arson investigator John Tucker said.
One woman and her 10-year-old daughter managed to get out by climbing to the attic, breaking a window and jumping, Tucker said. Firefighters found the other six inside one of the bedrooms.
Tests keep Columbia's astronauts busy
Astronaut Laurel Clark worked on a study of how bacteria and yeast develop in space and how reduced gravity affects their response to antibiotics. The experiment is one of several from the European Space Agency.
- Compiled from The Associated Press
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