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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'

  • SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea called for "national cooperation" with South Korea on Sunday as Seoul prepared to send special envoys to Pyongyang to help defuse tensions over the communist North's nuclear development.
    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

  • WASHINGTON - Republicans coming off historically successful midterm elections are intent on broadening their party's base by recruiting more minority candidates to bring a gradual change in the complexion of their party.
    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

  • DENVER - One of the victims in the deadly crash of two small planes over Denver was a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
    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

  • NEW YORK - Martha Stewart estimates the federal investigation into her ImClone stock trade has cost her about $400 million, according to an interview with The New Yorker magazine, which reaches newsstands today. She told New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin that the losses have been mostly in the decline in value of her more than 30 million shares in her multimedia company, but also in legal fees and lost business opportunities.
    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

  • DETROIT - A kitchen fire spread smoke and flames through a home early Sunday, killing two adults and three children and injuring three others trapped behind the home's barred windows and doors, fire officials said.
    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

  • SPACE CENTER, Houston - Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts kept busy Sunday as they continued their 16-day mission of conducting scientific experiments.
    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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